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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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January 17, 2017  

An automated sidewalk quality and safety assessment tool

The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development, and Education Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology have published a... Read More About An automated sidewalk quality and safety assessment tool
January 17, 2017  

White paper covers innovations in bicycle and pedestrian counts

A white paper produced by Alta Planning + Design reviews innovations, emerging technologies, and applications of bicycle and pedestrian counts in communities around the county. Read More About White paper covers innovations in bicycle and pedestrian counts
January 9, 2017  

Surgeon General calls for walking and more walkable communities

The U.S. Surgeon General has issued a call to action to promote walking and walkable communities as a key strategy to improve the health of U.S residents. The call to action complements and... Read More About Surgeon General calls for walking and more walkable communities
January 9, 2017  

Draft of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian data collection manual released

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a draft of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Manual .  Developed as part of a statewide bicycle and pedestrian data... Read More About Draft of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian data collection manual released
January 4, 2017  

2016 Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report is out

The Alliance for Biking & Walking has released the 2016 edition of its bi-annual national bicycling and walking Benchmarking Project. The Alliance has been tracking data across the U.S.... Read More About 2016 Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report is out
January 4, 2017  

UK report quantifies the economic value of cycling

Birmingham's Department for Transport has released a report that reviews the literature on the value of cycling -- including evidence of cycling's wider economic benefits. The aim was to... Read More About UK report quantifies the economic value of cycling
December 19, 2016  

Public Roads article examines efforts for more flexible roadway design

The March/April issue of the Federal Highway Administration's bimonthly magazine, Public Roads , includes the article, "Towards More Flexible Design." The article focuses on the ways in which... Read More About Public Roads article examines efforts for more flexible roadway design
December 19, 2016  

NACTO releases Transit Street Design Guide

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released a design guide on developing transit facilities on city streets. Following NACTO's influential Urban Street... Read More About NACTO releases Transit Street Design Guide
December 12, 2016  

Exploring the design and function of protected roundabouts

The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute has published an illustrated article on protected (or "Dutch-style") roundabouts, which can provide enhanced safety for bicyclists and... Read More About Exploring the design and function of protected roundabouts
December 12, 2016  

New technical brief on bike-share stations now available

The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has issued a technical brief on bike share stations in the U.S. As of February, 2016, the U.S. has 2,655 bike... Read More About New technical brief on bike-share stations now available
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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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