Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report

The Alliance for Biking and Walking’s Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2010 Benchmarking Report is now available online. The Alliance describes the report as “…an essential resource and tool for government officials, advocates, and those working to promote bicycling and walking.”

The following “main conclusions” are quoted from the Alliance site:

In these times of high gas prices, a warming climate, increasing traffic congestion, and expanding waistlines, increasing bicycling and walking are goals that are clearly in the public interest. As this report shows, where bicycling and walking levels are higher, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes levels are lower. Higher levels of bicycling and walking also coincide with increased bicycle and pedestrian safety and higher levels of physical activity. Increasing bicycling and walking can help solve many of the largest problems facing our nation. As this report indicates, many states and cities are making progress toward promoting safe access for bicyclists and pedestrians, but much more remains to be done.

This report has highlighted numerous measures to promote bicycling and walking. There is no silver bullet in regard to making communities more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, and a variety of measures are likely needed. But just as it took a large investment of public money into roads, signals, signs, and education for motorists, so too will it take an ongoing commitment of public investment in bicycling and walking to see major shifts toward these modes.

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5 Responses to “Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report”

  • Gussy says:

    Thanks Alan! This will surely help in my quest to get Golden, BC to be more bike friendly.

  • 2whls3spds says:

    Confirmation to those of us that ride the roads. Infrastructure and spending the deep south sucks. I ride primarily in NC and SC, two states that ended up near the bottom of the list in just about every category. BOO, HISS!

    Aaron

  • Jon says:

    The bicycle was out before the car, and infact it was almost perfected right from the start (the modern lookig ones, not that big wheel thing). Even though this is true, it was the car infrastructure that built the roads, not the bicycle infrastruscture. So then, there was little thought put to when the roads were paved over the dirt, often there was just barly enought room for a two lane road and the sidewalks. This has to do with how the cities and dirt roads were designed before the bicycle times, were sort of stuck with alot of it, unless you plan on building your own city somplace..where you can properly design bicycle ways or a bicycle only city.

  • 2whls3spds says:

    @Jon,
    Many, many roads predate even the bicycle. In the US most roads were dirt prior to a push by cyclists for paving. It was close to a century after that the US interstate system was started and it sort of went downhill from there.

    Aaron

  • Jon says:

    @ 2shis3spds

    Well, its probably more of an intertwined relationship, with the cars winning out on the size of the roads, because bike lanes need onlly be perhaps 5 feet wide for two way traffic, and maby 3 feet wide for single lane. I guess with it took the combustion engine vehicles to actually make the roads, to carry heavy rocks, dirt, and tar for the paving. I know alot of roads were once bricks (and some other materials sometimes), you can still see the bricks sometimes when they are digging up roads for repairs. Ya, I guess your kind of right, since the bike comming out before the car, I imaging the need for pavement. A motorcycle is basically a bicycle with an engine on it.

 
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