Bicycle and pedestrian trails improve the quality of life for residents in our community. Some of the benefits for Hendersonville residents include: • Having a bike/pedestrian trail in close proximity of where they work or live • A place where residents can meet and discuss the events of the day • An opportunity to exercise for people of all ages and abilities • A place for families to safely walk and bike • A chance to bike to work or run errands without the worries of traffic • A unique way to take in the scenic beauty of Hendersonville These types of alternative transportation have in development for some time. In fact, the Federal Government recognized this growing trend back in 1991. Section 217 of Title 23 of the U.S. Code calls for the integration of bicycling and walking into the transportation mainstream. More importantly, it enhances the ability of communities to invest in projects that can improve the safety and practicality of bicycling and walking for everyday travel. In 1991, Congress passed landmark transportation legislation, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), that recognized the increasingly important role of bicycling and walking in creating a balanced, intermodal transportation system. The National Bicycling and Walking Study, published by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1994, translated this renewed interest in non-motorized travel into two specific goals: to double the percentage of trips made by foot and bicycle while simultaneously reducing the number of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians by 10 percent. High citizen input and high demand should ensure that Hendersonville will continue working on the development and construction of trails that will ultimately connect all parts of our city and provide safe and healthy opportunities for our residents and guests.