- Healthy Communities
Numerous studies show a positive association between physical activity and public health, including improved physical health, mental health, and social stability...
- Safe Transportation
National Complete Streets Coalition makes a clear point; "in the decade from 2003 through 2012, almost 68% of all pedestrian fatalities were on roadways funded in some part by federal money and designed in accordance with federal guidelines"...
- Strong Economies
The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) studied the employment impacts of building pedestrian- and bicyclist-oriented facilities in the U.S. In 2011, the institute released a report that showed how a $1 million investment creates more jobs through building infrastructure specific to bicycling and walking than for road projects without these facilities...
- Connected Routes
Trips that are short distances are often the best opportunities to walk or bike (McKenzie, 2014). Accessibility to resources at a community level means a person can get from home to a job, school, and resources, such as a grocery store. The United States has spent billions of dollars on connecting roads for motorized traffic, but very little, in comparison, for pedestrian and biking traffic...
- Multimodal Infrastructure
Facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists include sidewalks, bike lanes, and off-road paths, as well as shelters, bike parking, public seating, signage, road markings, and intersection signals. Providing these types of multimodal infrastructure encourages more people to bike and walk regularly...
- Effective Governance
Protections for all people on the road are most clearly defined by the laws and regulations legislators put into place. Legislation, such as Vulnerable Road User laws and Safe Passing laws, recognize that people walking or biking, particularly youth, seniors, and people with disabilities, are more vulnerable to injury or fatality in the event of a crash, compared to drivers of motor vehicles...
- Dedicated Routes
Several federal programs that fund bicycling and walking projects have been shown to have positive impacts on Americans’ health, safety, accessibility, and economy. The Safe Routes to School Program provided $1.2 billion during 2005-2012 and has been credited with increased rates of bicycling and walking to school, decreased rates of injury to those bicycling and walking to school, and lowered costs to tax payers for the health and transportation of children...
- Engaged Public
Engaging more people in biking and walking requires more than facilities, funding, infrastructure, and legislation. As street anthropologist, Adonia Lugo, PhD, writes: “Both inanimate infrastructures and living practices should be taken into account when analyzing urban mobility… People can be infrastructure. They create networks in which they hold places of meaning and value...
- GIRLTREK: WALKING BACK HEALTH DISPARITIES
By Darren Flusche for the League of American Bicyclists
- USDOT SAFER STREETS INITIATIVE
- A NEW VISION FOR SAFE STREETS: TOWARDS VISION ZERO
By Leah Shahum, Director, Vision Zero Network
- BOOMING GREENWAYS IN NORTH CAROLINA'S RESEARCH TRIANGLE
By John Pucher, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
- STATION DENSITY IS KEY TO CREATING AN EQUITABLE BIKE SHARE SYSTEM
By Ted Graves, Bike Share Program Manager, NACTO
- VALIDATING THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF IMMIGRANTS
By James Rojas, urban planner, founder of Place It! and Latino Urban Forum
- HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENTS (HIAS): EXAMPLES OF OUTCOMES RELATED TO BICYCLING AND WALKING
By Stephen Skowronski, Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- KEY OUTCOMES OF THE NONMOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION PILOT PROGRAM
- EMPOWERING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THROUGH BICYCLING
By Laura Padalino, Active Transportation Initiative Coordinator, PEAC
- EVERY BODY WALK! COLLABORATIVE
- FINDING LEADERS FROM WITHIN: THE CASE OF GO BRONZEVILLE AND GO PILSEN