Walking and biking are important components of a successful transportation system. Within Los Angeles County, 14 percent of trips are made by walking and all transit trips have a pedestrian component. According to health professionals, regular physical activity, including walking, can have long-term health benefits. Walking short distances enables transit riders to seamlessly connect to the transit network and reach destinations throughout the Los Angeles County region. Leaving the car at home and using an alternative means to travel can reduce the amount of air pollution emitted by automobiles. In addition, a better walking environment can contribute to the quality of life in communities. Comfortable, safe pedestrian environments that have the appropriate infrastructure and amenities encourage more people to walk and interact, contributing to a sense of place and community.
Metro’s Pedestrian Program has been supporting the efforts of communities in Los Angeles County to work towards more walkable, livable neighborhoods that provide people with more travel options. Metro encourages transit-supportive policies and funds the design and construction of pedestrian improvement projects throughout Los Angeles County that provide better access to transit.
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