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Walking and Bicycling

A good walking and bicycling environment is essential for our region. Prosperity depends on mobility, and this means not only our ability to travel across the country and around the world, but to get to local commerce, schools, health facilities, parks, government buildings, family, friends, and colleagues.

While autos or transit are appropriate for many of these trips, most also involve walking or bicycling part of the way. Barriers to pedestrians, bicyclists, and pedestrians with disabilities can discourage mobility, require expensive auto trips, or even prevent trips.

CMAP is working with its partners to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the region. We strive to make travel by foot and bicycle safe. We are working to make the region accessible to people with disabilities, including people who use wheelchairs, walkers, and white canes. We are helping government agencies to plan and build sidewalks and bikeways -- both local bikeways and regional trails. We're helping communities get the technical information they need to build vibrant, walkable business districts. CMAP is encouraging subdivision design that provides connectivity between jobs, housing, schools, and parks. And we are promoting walking and bicycling as efficient, healthy, and fun ways to travel.

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April 25, 2017  

Redfin assigns dollar value to walkability

A study by Redfin, the Seattle-based real estate brokerage service, finds that one WalkScore point can increase the price of a home by an average of $3,250 or 0.9 percent. In order to... Read More About Redfin assigns dollar value to walkability
April 25, 2017  

NHTSA traffic safety fact sheet for

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a fact sheet detailing cyclist crash rates and information based on 2015 crash data. Forty-five thousand cyclists were... Read More About NHTSA traffic safety fact sheet for
April 18, 2017  

NACTO Practitioner Paper on need for high-quality bike facilities

The National Association of City Transportation Officials released a Practitioners Paper on the need to increase and improve bike facilities to fully realize the benefits of bike share,... Read More About NACTO Practitioner Paper on need for high-quality bike facilities
April 18, 2017  

Safer People, Safer Streets initiative

An article in a recent issue of Federal Highway Administration's magazine, Public Roads, describes "Safer People, Safer Streets," the 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation initiative "aimed... Read More About Safer People, Safer Streets initiative
April 10, 2017  

People for Bikes new technical assistance program

A new project from People for Bikes, called " The Big Jump ," aims to help communities double the number of persons bicycling for transportation and recreation. The Big Jump will partner with... Read More About People for Bikes new technical assistance program
April 10, 2017  

Review and ranking of metro area walkability

A 2016 version of the report, Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros , identifies Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs) in the country's 30 largest metropolitan... Read More About Review and ranking of metro area walkability
April 10, 2017  

Effectiveness Evaluation of a Modified Right‐Turn Lane Design at Intersections

The Illinois Center for Transportation has released a report that discusses a site‐specific effectiveness evaluation of a modified right-turn lane design, and a crash causation analysis of... Read More About Effectiveness Evaluation of a Modified Right‐Turn Lane Design at Intersections
March 29, 2017  

TRB offers recorded presentations on pedestrian behavior at signalized crossings

The Transportation Research Board made available a number of recorded presentations (from March 2016), discussing pedestrian and driver behaviors in relation to various traffic controls at... Read More About TRB offers recorded presentations on pedestrian behavior at signalized crossings
March 29, 2017  

Pilot project for bicyclist detection

NorthfieldNews.com describes the Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDot) pilot project testing the effectiveness of new technology to detect bicyclists and actuate signals at... Read More About Pilot project for bicyclist detection
March 21, 2017  

Report examines equity in pedestrian and bicycle planning

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center at the University of North Carolina has produced a white paper entitled, " Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning ." The paper,... Read More About Report examines equity in pedestrian and bicycle planning
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As GO TO 2040 states, the region's transportation system has, throughout our history, been a foundation of our success. The plan goes on to point out, however, that the majority of this system's infrastructure was built decades ago and is in need of repair and modernization. This modernization is seen as essential to our region's future prosperity.

While the need for modernization extends to many elements and aspects of the transportation system, providing safe and convenient accommodation for bicyclists and pedestrians on the region's network of roads is an important part of modernization. Creating "Complete Streets," which serve all anticipated users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, persons with mobility impairments, and transit riders, is an important goal if we hope to achieve a modern, efficient, and sustainable transportation system. So too is the development of a region-wide, network of trails and other off-road facilities, which provide both transportation and recreational opportunities on the local and regional scales.

CMAP's Bicycle and Pedestrian program is dedicated to helping make safe, accessible, and well-designed bicycle and pedestrian networks a reality in communities across the region. The program is equally dedicated to helping create and advance the skills, knowledge, long-term commitments, and cultural shifts that are needed to envision and build these networks, and to fully activate them with users. We seek to achieve these ends:

  • through collaboration and interaction with our partners and stakeholders (most notably through the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force);
  • through the development and dissemination of information, data, analysis, tools, and other resources designed to help communities, agencies, organizations, and individuals envision, plan, and create pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly communities;
  • through development of, sponsorship, and participation in public programming and training events; and
  • through the development and management of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement and Transportation Alternatives (TAP) programs, and through participation in sub-regional and state programming activities, which fund bicycle and pedestrian projects.

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