Trends and Policy Links -- Reasons for Complete Streets, Smart Growth, Pedestrian and Bicycle Access
Why, Walk or Bike? Walking or Riding a bike is fun, it's easy, it's healthy and it is one way to move forward as individuals and as a community to a greener future. In Mississippi especially, with our recent number 1 national rankings in Obesity (CDC) and Vulnerability to High Oil Prices (PDF from NRDC ) thinking about good old fashioned transportation options makes a lot of sense.
The number one goal of the ACUP climate commitment recently signed by Chancellor Khayat is to "Initiate the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible"
While we wait for committees to form, policies to be debated and politicians to negotiate we can begin to explore transportation alternatives that are less dependent on single passenger motor vehicles. Oxford has already made great strides in becoming a bicycle friendly community. Together we can help to position the campus and the town to better cope with the oncoming challenges of traffic, energy and environmental degradation.