| Opinion/The Review

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Transportation, health & security

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or

Daily Photo Galleries

Letter to the Editor
Monday, June 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

My fellow generals and admirals of the nonprofit national-security organization Mission: Readiness applaud the state Senate's passage of a comprehensive transportation funding solution (Senate Bill 1) that includes a first-ever dedicated investment in active transportation (walking and biking).

Today, only one-third as many children are walking or biking to school as compared to a generation ago. In that period, childhood obesity rates have tripled. Obesity is now the leading medical reason why one out of four 17-to-24-year-olds cannot join the military. Physical inactivity is a threat not only to public health, but to future national security.

Built environments that afford safe and convenient walking and biking opportunities between schools, parks, residential neighborhoods and commercial corridors encourage more physically active daily routines. American Heart Association data show that for every $1 spent on building safe bike/pedestrian transportation routes, $3 in reduced health care costs can result.

I encourage the state House to pass SB 1, which funds a multimodal transportation system, including a first-ever state investment in making our roads and communities safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Investments in active transportation provide a cost-effective opportunity to improve public health and ensure future national security.

Dennis L. Benchoff


The writer is a retired Army lieutenant general and former Army Recruiting Command chief of staff.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Letters

  1. Don’t blame the union
  2. Trump beats status quo
  3. Kids, parents & school
  4. Confederate pride: Why?
  5. Buyer beware
  6. Feel safer?
  7. Help Israel, not Iran
  8. ATI’s misleading ad
  9. ATI abandoned its own
  10. Trained, then punished
  11. Unfit either way