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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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June 27, 2016  

Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications

The Active Transportation Alliance announced the second round of the Healthy HotSpot planning assistance program, which provides assistance to suburban Cook County communities to develop active... Read More About Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications
June 27, 2016  

CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Community Health, as part of its "Making Healthy Living Easier" initiative, has produced the Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE... Read More About CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool
June 20, 2016  

Studies examine the impact of walkability on heart health

Two studies in the American Heart Association's journal "Circulation" suggest that neighborhood walkability is related to heart health and underscore the built environment's capacity for... Read More About Studies examine the impact of walkability on heart health
June 20, 2016  

Study examines the risk of road crash mortality for wheelchair users

A study in the BMJ Open Journal presents the findings of Georgetown University researchers seeking to quantify and describe the risk of fatal pedestrian crashes among persons using wheelchairs... Read More About Study examines the risk of road crash mortality for wheelchair users
June 14, 2016  

Oregon DOT explores designs to increase the safety of right turns and bicycles

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a report quantifying the safety performance of alternative traffic controls and design strategies to mitigate right-turning... Read More About Oregon DOT explores designs to increase the safety of right turns and bicycles
June 14, 2016  

US DOT releases Transportation and Health Tool

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have produced the Transportation and Health Tool , which was developed for planners, health... Read More About US DOT releases Transportation and Health Tool
June 6, 2016  

AARP publishes a livability index

AARP has produced a Livability Index , which scores addresses, neighborhoods, cities, and states across the U.S. for the services and amenities that can most impact livability. Each of... Read More About AARP publishes a livability index
June 6, 2016  

Massachusetts DOT releases separated bike lane guide

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has published planning and design guide for separated bike lanes , which  focuses on constructed, curb-separated lanes, also called cycle... Read More About Massachusetts DOT releases separated bike lane guide
May 31, 2016  

Salt Lake City completes protected intersection

According to Streetsblog USA , Salt Lake City has completed and opened the country's second (after one in Davis, CA) protected, or "Dutch-style," intersection.  The intersection uses green... Read More About Salt Lake City completes protected intersection
May 31, 2016  

New report analyzes a decade of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program

A new report from the National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) examines the accomplishments of the SRTS Program over the 10 year period since it was enacted under the Safe,... Read More About New report analyzes a decade of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program
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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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