With the adoption of Resolution No. 011413-2, the City Commission endorsed the concept of a bike and pedestrian trail network to be designated throughout the community. The purpose of the trail is to provide safe access to alternative modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. The reasons to provide safe and accessible routes for bicyclists and pedestrians are many:
- There are many neighborhoods in Abilene that have no sidewalks because they were not required when the development was constructed.
- Several major transportation corridors (i.e. Buckeye Avenue, Cedar Street, Etc.) carry high volumes of vehicular traffic that have the potential for danger for many citizens seeking to get around on foot or bike.
- Students used to walk to school more than they do today, and this may partly be a function of perceived unsafe routes that lack adequate infrastructure to provide parental peace of mind.
- Vehicles have been an ever-important mode of transportation for the travelling public since World War II. Over time, this has led to decreased exercise in communities and higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and other health-related issues.
- Studies have shown that people looking to relocate to a community are often interested in bike and pedestrian trails or corridors because of the understood benefits to the overall quality of life for the community from such amenities.