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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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May 23, 2016  

City of Chicago 2015 bikeways year-in-review report

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have published their annual bikeway report . The document highlights that in 2015 CDOT installed 42 miles of new and... Read More About City of Chicago 2015 bikeways year-in-review report
May 23, 2016  

U.S. DOT publishes factsheet on vehicle-to-pedestrian communications

The U.S. Department of Transportation describes in a factsheet research and tests of connected and automated vehicle research, as described in.  Along with other strategies and... Read More About U.S. DOT publishes factsheet on vehicle-to-pedestrian communications
May 23, 2016  

Study measures cyclists’ exposure to traffic-related particulate matter riding in different kinds of bicycle lanes

A Transportation Research Record article measures how two different types of bicycle lanes impact cyclists' exposure to exhaust pollution.  The research compares the amount of ultrafine... Read More About Study measures cyclists’ exposure to traffic-related particulate matter riding in different kinds of bicycle lanes
May 16, 2016  

Innovative protected intersection installed in Salt Lake City

The Boston NPR program, Here & Now , discussed the installation of a protected  intersection in Salt Lake City, Utah with the city's transportation director and the director of the... Read More About Innovative protected intersection installed in Salt Lake City
May 16, 2016  

Road Diet desk reference offers shortcut for transportation agencies

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a " Road Diet Desk Reference ," which gives a broad overview of the treatment, discusses reasons to consider a road diet, how to... Read More About Road Diet desk reference offers shortcut for transportation agencies
May 16, 2016  

Study examines whether characteristics of walkable environments support bicycling

An article in The Journal of Transport and Land Use addresses the question of whether characteristics of walkable environments support bicycling. Despite the two often being combined into one... Read More About Study examines whether characteristics of walkable environments support bicycling
May 9, 2016  

Twin Cities considers canoe- and bike-sharing programs

Minneapolis' Star Tribune reports that the National Park Service is testing both bike and canoe sharing services in the 72-mile long Mississippi National River & Recreation Area southeast... Read More About Twin Cities considers canoe- and bike-sharing programs
May 9, 2016  

FHWA updates guidance on bicycle and walking

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has revised its web page for bicycle and pedestrian provisions in federal transportation legislation. The page describes resources related to... Read More About FHWA updates guidance on bicycle and walking
May 9, 2016  

Smartphone app crowdsources sidewalk data

A recently developed smart phone application called pathVu will collect data submitted by its users about the quality and condition of sidewalks, giving users the option to map their routes... Read More About Smartphone app crowdsources sidewalk data
May 2, 2016  

Study examines the effect walkability has on housing values, foreclosures, and crime

A study published in Cities: the International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, analyzes the characteristics of 170 census tracts in Louisville, KY to better understand what effect... Read More About Study examines the effect walkability has on housing values, foreclosures, and crime
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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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