Alliance for Biking and Walking’s: Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report

The Alliance for Biking and Walking’s Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report was recently published.  The bi-annual report is a user friendly source for statistics and data regarding mode share, safety, and trends in the 50 states and 51 biggest cities in the U.S.  The report further reinforces that cycling and walking are closely correlated to the health, livability, and resilience of communities.  Though nationally bicycling and walking levels continue to rise, Atlanta and Georgia still lag behind in terms of mode share and positive safety trends.

The report is an essential resource and tool for government officials, advocates, and those working to promote bicycling and walking.  This third biennial report reveals data including: bicycling and walking levels and demographics; bicycle and pedestrian safety; funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects; written policies on bicycling and walking; bicycle infrastructure; bike-transit integration; bicycling and walking education and encouragement activities; public health indicators; and the economic impact of bicycling and walking.  The report is full of data tables and graphs that show how your state or city stacks up, and provides unprecedented statistics to help support your case for increasing safe bicycling and walking in your community.  It was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and made possible through the additional support of AARP and Planet Bike.

Main Conclusions:
The report shows that increasing bicycling and walking are goals that are clearly in the public interest.  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 serious 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.

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