Transforming Transportation Reaps Cross-Generational Benefits
Elected leaders are prioritizing how citizens get to where they need to go.
Editor’s Note: In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave our nation’s transit systems and roads a D grade, estimating it would cost $170 billion annually to significantly improve the conditions of our roadways alone. To make their communities places where people want to live, mayors need to ensure transportation is safe and accessible for residents of all ages. Transforming transportation to meet these needs has been and will remain a top priority for elected leaders across the country.
In Birmingham, Ala., Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., connected his community through the Complete Streets initiative. With an aim to make roadways safer and more accessible for all users, the initiative includes a 29-mile system with new sidewalks and bike lanes that link the city’s major businesses, schools and neighborhoods.
A bike-share program, spearheaded by Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City, provides residents an environmentally friendly travel and recreation option. By connecting with New York’s 6,000 bike-share system, people have more options to connect with family and friends in the Big Apple.