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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 5, 2017  

Study compares Strava data with ACS data

The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported on findings from a study of the association between Strava Inc . user-generated activity... Read More About Study compares Strava data with ACS data
June 5, 2017  

Vision Zero leads to lower speed limits

The cities of Seattle and Boston are both pursuing lowering speed limits city-wide.  The Seattle Times reports that the city is considering reducing the default speed limit on arterials... Read More About Vision Zero leads to lower speed limits
June 5, 2017  

AARP article outlines benefits of bicycle-friendly streets for non-cyclists

AARP's Livable Communities initiative describes ten ways in which bicycle-friendly streets can be good even for persons who don't ride bicycles.  Bicycle-friendly friendly streets... Read More About AARP article outlines benefits of bicycle-friendly streets for non-cyclists
June 5, 2017  

Zipcar and Zagster form partnership called Zipbike

The car-sharing service Zipcar announced a partnership with the bike-share company Zagster to launch the bike-sharing service Zipbike on 15 college campuses.  The new service is "the... Read More About Zipcar and Zagster form partnership called Zipbike
May 31, 2017  

Bicycle boxes receive interim approval from FHWA

In October 2016, the Federal Highway Administration issued a memorandum granting an Interim Approval for the use of intersection bicycle boxes. Read More About Bicycle boxes receive interim approval from FHWA
May 31, 2017  

Study identifies strategies to advance Vision Zero programs

An article in Transportation Research Record, Volume 2582, "A Vision for Transportation Safety Framework for Identifying Best Practice Strategies to Advance Vision Zero," presents a Traffic... Read More About Study identifies strategies to advance Vision Zero programs
May 25, 2017  

Searchable library of studies on the benefits of trails

Headwater Economics, an independent, nonprofit research group working to improve community development and land management decisions, primarily in the western U.S., has created an online,... Read More About Searchable library of studies on the benefits of trails
May 25, 2017  

Every Body Walk! Collaborative has produced a social justice toolkit

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative have created a Social Justice Toolkit .  The toolkit seeks to provide organizations and individuals working within the walking... Read More About Every Body Walk! Collaborative has produced a social justice toolkit
May 15, 2017  

FHWA updates webpage on bicycle and pedestrian funding sources

The Federal Highway Administration has updated its table " Pedestrian and Bicycle Funding Opportunities: U.S. Department of Transportation Transit, Highway, and Safety Funds " to account for the... Read More About FHWA updates webpage on bicycle and pedestrian funding sources
May 15, 2017  

Report on walking and its benefits

The publications division of the multidisciplinary, international architecture and engineering and architecture firm, Arup, has released the report, Cities Alive: Towards a Walking World . The... Read More About Report on walking and its benefits
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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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