In order to plan for a walkable and bikeable community, it is important to consider some of the factors that contribute to people's decisions not to walk or bike to local destinations. Some decisions involve physical obstacles, such as an incomplete bicycle or sidewalk system that prevent bicyclists and pedestrians from being able to complete their trips. Other decisions involve personal safety.
Most pedestrians and bicyclists will avoid settings in which they feel threatened or unsafe, whether real or perceived. Improved design, more visible law enforcement, or educational programs might remove these types of barriers.
The Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department has received funds to create and distribute PSAs and short educational video clips on topics related to bike/ped/vehicle safety as well as the built environment. The videos and PSAs are available on the Bike Lincoln website under Programs, Events & Education.