As we all look forward to a healthier new year, we know that active living, including walking and bicycling, can help us improve our health and fitness. You don’t need to be a fitness junkie to benefit from the simple pleasure of walking more and possibly bicycling. However, having safe places to walk and bicycle is critical to doing these more often.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) recently published a report titled, “Active Transportation Transforms America: The Case for Increased Public Investment in Walking and Biking Connectivity.” I am going to highlight some major findings from the report and explain how they apply to us in Adams County. You can find the full report by going to our website, http://habpi.org/pages/links.php, and scrolling down until you see the link.

Dennis Hickethier, current board member and past president of Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian Inc., has lived in Adams County for 27 years and has enjoyed leisurely bicycle riding nearly all his life.

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