2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

return to table of contents

BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

WHEREAS, an estimated 61 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese, and 13 percent of children and adolescents are overweight, due in large part to a lack of regular physical activity; and

WHEREAS, half of all trips in urban areas are three miles or less and more than one quarter are less than one mile in length; and

WHEREAS, short motor vehicle trips are the most environmentally damaging and contribute most to the global climate change; and

WHEREAS, bicycling is a clean, efficient, healthy, economical and accessible means of recreation and transportation with a wide variety of associated benefits to individuals and society at large; and

WHEREAS, bicycling also has the potential to play a significant transportation role in U.S. cities and to reduce the number and impact of motor vehicle trips; and

WHEREAS, many mayors are already pursuing policies and programs to improve conditions for bicycling; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on cities and communities to promote increased, safe bicycle use for transportation and recreation and to adopt the goals laid out in the National Strategies to Advance Bicycle Safety, adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2000; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors will work with the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and national bicycle user groups to develop a more detailed action plan for cities and communities to follow to become more bicycle-friendly and that this action plan be presented at the First International Symposium on Bicycle Friendly Communities in March 2004; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the continued broad eligibility of federal funds for bicycle programs and projects.