While heart disease and lower respiratory disease remain leading causes of death in the U.S., 25% of household income is spent on transportation and 40% of car trips are less than 2 miles. In spite of these statistics, Americans are changing their behavior. From 2000 - 2011 we have seen a 47% increase in bicycle commuting in the United States. In San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles that number increases to an incredible 80%.
While we gear up for Bike Month, we'll talk with local bike experts about what makes our region unique for bicycling , whether it really is such a bicycle friendly community, and what is being done to make everyone feel safe enough to ride a bike or walk locally. Host Kris Kington-Barker is joined by guests Dan Rivoire, Executive Director with the SLO County Bicycle Coalition, Stephanie Hicks, Program Manager with SLO Regional Rideshare and Public Information Officer with SLOCOG, and Peggy Mandeville, Principal Transportation Planner, with the City of San Luis Obispo to discuss bicycle safety, education, advocacy, planning, and Bike Month activities.
Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.