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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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September 26, 2016  

Guide on analyzing perceived benefits of Complete Streets

The University of South Florida's National Center for Transit Research has released a study analyzing whether there was any basis to anecdotal data linking the implementation of Complete... Read More About Guide on analyzing perceived benefits of Complete Streets
September 26, 2016  

Handbook analyzes users’ responses to bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements

A chapter within the Transportation Research Board's Transit Cooperative Research Program latest report examines pedestrian and bicyclist behavior and travel demand outcomes. The report... Read More About Handbook analyzes users’ responses to bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements
September 19, 2016  

Report focuses on pedestrian safety at unsignalized crossings

A recent research project sponsored by the Transportation Cooperative Research Program and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program focused on improving pedestrian safety at... Read More About Report focuses on pedestrian safety at unsignalized crossings
September 19, 2016  

New report investigates multimodal level-of-service on urban streets

A new report from the Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program presents the results of a two-year investigation into how users of urban streets perceive... Read More About New report investigates multimodal level-of-service on urban streets
September 13, 2016  

Research explores link between neighborhood income and pedestrian

A Washington Post article found that residents in low-income neighborhoods face statistically higher rates of pedestrian death. The article tracks this to cities' historic tendency of... Read More About Research explores link between neighborhood income and pedestrian
September 13, 2016  

Report outlines recommended bicycle lane widths for various roadway types

A report from the transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program presents recommendations for bicycle lane widths for various roadway and traffic... Read More About Report outlines recommended bicycle lane widths for various roadway types
August 30, 2016  

Toolkit helps communities implement equitable health policies

ChangeLab Solutions new toolkit focuses on helping communities become healthier through the development of "Health in All Policies," which aim to help communities improve their overall... Read More About Toolkit helps communities implement equitable health policies
August 30, 2016  

Study considers how to evaluate the benefits and costs of active transportation

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute has updated and expanded its " Evaluating Active Transportation Benefits and Costs: Guide to Valuing Walking and Cycling Improvements and Encouragement... Read More About Study considers how to evaluate the benefits and costs of active transportation
August 22, 2016  

Federal agencies clarify ADA requirements when resurfacing roads

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a clarification , in the form of "Questions and Answers" to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)/Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Joint... Read More About Federal agencies clarify ADA requirements when resurfacing roads
August 22, 2016  

White paper explores protected intersections

Alta Planning + Design has produced a white paper on building protected intersections.  The report offers an overview of protected intersections, discussing their history, basic... Read More About White paper explores protected intersections
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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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