It’s Back! – Wyoming Active Transportation Community Needs INTERIM Survey Released
With the recent momentum for Active Transportation projects in Wyoming and as the Wyoming legislature considers the recent HB0144 “Active Transportation and Recreation Grant Program” bill in an interim committee, your input about Active Transportation projects you would like to see in your communities is particularly important.
Information gathered from the 2021 “Wyoming Active Transportation Community Needs Survey” was instrumental in gaining legislative support for Active Transportation funding in this session and we are hoping to keep that momentum going throughout the interim session and beyond. So, until the new “Wyoming Active Transportation Capital Project List” application is available on our website, we are making this newly revised “Wyoming Active Transportation Community Needs Interim Survey” available to continue to learn which projects you would like to see in your communities and communicate that information to your elected officials.
This new Interim Survey is again open to Towns, Cities, Counties, Nonprofits, and the general public. Please fill out the survey questions, and seek help from your local elected officials, if you need cost estimates or project details. Let us know what type of help you need. Documenting these active transportation needs will help us to continue to show the demand that exists around Wyoming. If you did not complete the original survey, we welcome your input. If you completed the original survey, you only need to do so again if you have new projects you would like to input.
It is important to remember that Active Transportation projects can have myriad positive impacts on Wyoming Communities:
- It is about safety — for kids especially, and people of all ages as they walk or ride their bikes to school, work and errands around town.
- It is about physical and mental health — we will be saving the State of Wyoming and its citizens money by creating greater and easier access to walkable and bikeable pathways that are safe, all while helping folks experience better total health and well-being.
- It is about economic development — communities across the State and the Nation see immediate and direct growth of their economies when folks have access to walkable and bikeable pathways. Further, businesses are more likely to succeed and be started in communities with access to trails networks (both soft surface and hard surface).
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s proposal to make best use of new federal funding Wyoming will receive from the American Rescue Plan is focused on creating “a future where Wyoming can thrive”. Community-identified Active Transportation projects would help fulfill many of the Governor’s objectives, including:
- Have a long term impact or a return on investment.
- Be sustainable.
- Support Stimulus over relief.
- Where possible, leverage the dollars.
- Create capacity for the future.
- Benefit a wide group of citizens.
Please help us make these type of projects become a reality. Your input helps drive decisions by your elected officials, so please make your voice heard!