Like many cities in the United States, the transportation infrastructure in and around Milwaukee has been developed primarily to benefit and accommodate automobile travel. As a result, a network of high-volume arterial streets and highways has disconnected large residential areas and eliminated easy access via foot, bike, or other transportation modes to jobs, schools, parks, stores, and other important destinations for Milwaukee residents.
An automobile-focused transportation system that has limited non-auto travel options leads to greater congestion, travel delays, and traffic injuries and fatalities, increases in costs to businesses, and affects transportation budgets. High-traffic volumes and vehicle congestion reduce quality of life in our neighborhoods and add unwanted materials into our environment, such as auto maintenance oils into lakes and streams, and fossil fuel emissions into the air. Fossil fuels burned by individual vehicles contribute significantly to poor air quality. Managing congestion and providing more non-auto mobility options can yield cost benefits to vehicle owners and operators while decreasing travel time, accidents, and environmental emissions.