Sustainability Site Mark Fenton and Active Transportation

Mark Fenton Agenda

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Mark Fenton introduces the idea of Active Transportation. Active transportation is defined best as using human-power as your form of transportation. This means that you actively are involved with the transportation process. Some examples of active transportation include: biking, walking, and non-electric scooters.

“Almost one in four adults in the United States report that they do not engage in any physical activity outside of their jobs. Sedentary lifestyles are an important reason that two of every three adults in the United States are overweight or obese.” – transportation.gov

Why should you be part of the active transportation movement?

Active transportation provides numerous economic, social, health, environmental, and transportation benefits. Find some local trails to get out and explore.

Do you want to make new friends?

Go on hikes, bike rides or take a walk with your friends. Active transportation is for more than just getting to school or work. If you don’t want to bike alone, you could join a club on campus or start one based around active transportation. This way, you increase your physical activity and meet new people.

Do you want to save money?

Biking  or walking to and from school is just one way you can save over around $1,000 per year. According to one CNBC report, biking in Washington D.C. could save around $972 a year. Chicago bikers saved an average of $1,260 per year. While Los Angeles bikers saved an average of $1,464 per year, (CNBC report). We don’t truly understand the costs of driving or benefits of biking and walking without realizing that vehicles require gas, insurance, maintenance, parking, and other costs that can add up really fast. Biking requires few maintenance costs, while walking requires no additional costs and can benefit your health.

Riding a bike or walking during the school year.

WSU looks forwards to increasing to the health and safety of all its students. With increasing amount of bicycle-friendly infrastructure being implemented including better biking lanes, more bike racks and the option for green bikes, active transportation is key towards a healthier WSU. Provided here is a link to Pullman trails that can get you to WSU. So enjoy a bike ride before or after class while enjoying the savings and promoting better health.

But I don’t want to bike in the winter.

Honestly, we don’t blame you, biking during a snow storm isn’t fun. For the few winter months, if walking isn’t possible, the Pullman Transportation buses are an option. You can visit their website here to see schedule times, routes, and other important information. The best part of the bus routes is that they are free for students with their cougar card.

It’s Summer! The sun is out and I want to get outside and explore!

If you’re done with school for the summer and ready to stretch those legs, there are plenty of places to hike or bike in or around Pullman.

With summer comes good food and grilling!

You have many food options, but it’s important to note every food has an impact. When we originally think of a summer BBQ, it’s important to know your impact and how to fully nourish your body. Learn about NASPA’s “SECRETS OF A SUSTAINABLE SUMMER COOKOUT”. ONE Green Planet also has a list of their “Top 10 Eco-Friendly Foods”. If these don’t suit you, look no further than the Food Network Canada for more sustainable foods substitutions to your meals. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers resources on sustainable lifestyles.Summer picnics can also develop a lot of waste. Paper plates, plastic cutlery, food waste, etc. What if I told you, you can be an environmental warrior while saving money and keeping your family healthy? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helps understand food waste and how you can help.

How Does all this Relate to Active Transportation?

WSU strives to increase the health, awareness, and education of its students. From Summer barbecues to your daily transportation to classes or work, WSU wants students, faculty, and staff to be able to live and healthy life. WSU is taking steps to ensure that this is possible. Now, more than ever, the health and safety of the staff, students, and faculty is increasingly important. The WSU Bike and Walk pagethe new Coug bike program