Riding a bicycle is a low-impact form of exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, as well as a sustainable form of transportation. For children, biking provides a sense of independent mobility, pedestrian safety skills, and valuable exercise. For everyone, biking reduces traffic congestion, reduces automobile emissions, and provides various health benefits.
Reducing auto dependency and improving public health are overall goals for the City as identified in Plan El Paso - the adopted long-range vision that guides future growth and development. These benefits are therefore particularly relevant to El Paso where public health and active transportation are identified areas of improvement.
The City of El Paso is a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community with the League of American Bicyclist and is dedicated to providing facilities for all modes of transportation. In 2016 The City adopted a Bike Plan with the purpose to guide city staff and elected officials in deciding what streets are best for bicycling, how to make those streets safer for cycling, and what other policies and programs can be made to support changes in the street. Streets are our largest form of public space, therefore it is essential they are accessible to everyone.
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As the City continues to develop bicycle lanes, further counts will be conducted to gather ridership data providing an accurate depiction of bicycle use throughout the city. The ridership information will be used, in part, to determine locations of new bicycle facilities. Bicycle facility use will increase as the City continues to expand a safe bicycle network through the implementation of an adopted bicycle plan.
It is important when biking to make yourself as visible as possible to vehicles for safety reasons. Please wear reflective clothing and consider adding reflective elements, mirrors, and other safety gear to your Bike. Remember to stay hydrated and protect yourself by having the right gear and equipment at all times.
The bike box is an intersection safety design to prevent bicycle / car collisions, especially those between drivers turning right and bicyclists going straight. It is a green box on the road with a white bicycle symbol inside it. It includes green bicycle lanes approaching the box.
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