Quality of Life Benefits

Better conditions for bicycling have intangible benefits to the quality of life in cities and towns. The number of people bicycling can be a good indicator of a community's livability-a factor that has a profound impact on attracting businesses and workers as well as tourism.

Comfortable and connected bicycle environments offer alternatives to personal vehicles and increase opportunities for social contact with others. By providing appropriate bicycle and pedestrian facilities and amenities, communities enable the interaction between neighbors and other citizens that can strengthen relationships and contribute to a healthy sense of identity and place.

Encouraging bike commuting to work can increase the quality of life in a community as well. Visit the Bike to Work Website to access resources, tips, trip planning, and facts about bike commuting as well as success stories about biking to work from around the country.