Walking and bicycling improves health, reduces your transportation costs, facilitates unplanned social encounters, provides an improved sense of neighborhood unity and fosters environmental conservation.
Bicycles are especially efficient for trips of three miles or less and the League of American Bicyclists rated the City as a a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2006! The Billings Area Bikeway and Trails Master Plan set a vision for achieving "Gold" level certified by 2020. City Council passed a Complete Streets Policy in 2011.
Benefits Saves Money: You could save a bundle on car insurance by switching to a bicycle. This tool can help estimate your transportation costs.
Safer Streets: Communities with higher rates of walking and bicycling tend to have lower crash rates for all travel modes.
Economic Growth: The most crucial competitive factor for cities is people. Public pedestrian space gives a city the quality to retain great people.
Environmental Conservation: Leaving the car at home is climate action through reduced vehicle emissions, less sprawl.
Health: Walking and bicycling where you need to go is a great way to get low intensity exercise and it helps keep the air clean for happy lungs.
Safer Neighborhoods: The presence of people creates safer places with natural surveillance, "eyes on the street".
Social Interaction: Walking and bicycling around the city provides increased opportunities for “serendipitous interactions” with people.
Fewer Cars: Riding a bicycle or walking takes a car off the road. This reduces the demand on public infrastructure and traffic congestion.