Bike Ped Intro

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.

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.

Asset Publisher

FHWA releases fact sheet on incorporating road diet into policies

The Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety has created a document on road diet policies . A road diet, also known as a lane reduction or road re-channelization, is a technique in...

NACTO releases toolkit on carrying out bike share intercept surveys

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released a how-to guide for conducting bike-share user intercept surveys.  The guide gives detailed instructions and...

Report looks at how transportation policy can advance goals for lower emission levels

The Frontier Group, in partnership with Environment America Research and Policy Center and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), released the report, " Fifty Steps Toward Carbon-Free...

Brazilian guide to including bicycling in transportation planning

Brazilian members of the World Cycling Alliance, supported by the Instituto Clima e Sociedade , have published the guide " How to Include Cycling in Urban Mobility Plans ."  The guide,...

United Nations report calls for greater investment in bicycling and walking

A report from UN Environment examines and documents the inclusion of non-motorized transportation in national or city policies in a sample of low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia,...

SRTSNP produces toolkit for starting a walking school bus

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTSNP), in collaboration with the California Department of Health, has produced a toolkit designed to help parents, educators, and other...

Cities focused on making their residents more active

A recent article in Outside Magazine looks at how – and why – cities are working to promote active lifestyles for residents.  Among the primary strategies employed is that of...

Article discusses push to achieve equity in bicycle infrastructure

An article in Momentum Magazine reports on the recent emergence of a movement led by bicycle advocates and advocacy organizations across the country to increase fairness, justice, and equity...

Study of sidewalk continuity in low-income, minority neighborhoods

A study published in the Transportation Research Record entitled, "Environmental Justice and Pedestrianism: Sidewalk Continuity, Race, and Poverty in New Orleans, LA," addresses the relative...

Report shows more children are walking to school

New research from the National Center for Safe Routes to School reveals that, nationwide, walking to and from school increased from less than 14 percent to more than 17 percent of all trips...

Article examines differences in spending by local trail users

The Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Inc., examined whether urban, multiuse trail users are more likely to spend money and support retail businesses in trail corridors. The study...

Article explores gender and bicycling in Oregon

An article in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board examines the gender gap in bicycling in the state of Oregon, where (as in other areas of the U.S.) a greater percentage of men...

Article looks at the cost-effectiveness of bike lanes in New York City

The Journal of Injury Prevention evaluated the cost-effectiveness of investments in bike lanes using New York City. The article included a generalizable model, that may help localities...

Report outlines ways to improve and enhance public engagement

As part of its ongoing research program with the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) commissioned a report ...

Well-being tied to active living

Research from Gallup and Healthways shows that active living environments -- those communities that invest in bike paths, parks, walkability, and public transit -- have residents with better...

The National Complete Streets Coalition launches Safe Streets Academy

The National Complete Streets Coalition is now accepting applications for the Safe Streets Academy , a new program designed to help jurisdictions transform their commitment to traffic...

Recreational Trails Program report and national resources

The U.S. Department of Transportation released its 2016 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report on the use and benefits of Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds across the...

AirBnB-style bicycle renting app debuts in England

A mobile app called Cycle.land was launched in Oxford, England, with plans to expand to London, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Cambridge. The platform allows people to borrow bikes from local...

Pilot project for glow-in-the-dark bicycle and pedestrian pathway

An article in CityLab describes a project in the Polish town of Lidzbark Warminski to install and test asphalt into which are mixed synthetic particles called "luminophores," which absorb...

NACTO releases Global Street Design Guide

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released the Global Street Design Guide to serve as a new baseline for designing urban streets and public spaces around...