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.

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Updates

January 31, 2018

Report calculates the economic and health impacts of cycling in Minnesota

Jan 31, 2018 Report calculates the economic and health impacts of cycling in Minnesota ...

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January 31, 2018

Highway Administration launches website, report on bicycle, pedestrian infrastructure in small towns

Jan 31, 2018 Highway Administration launches website, report on bicycle, pedestrian infrastructure in small towns ...

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January 31, 2018

Report covers pedestrian crossing treatments

Jan 31, 2018 Report covers pedestrian crossing treatments The Transportation ...

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January 31, 2018

Report covers pedestrian crossing treatments

Jan 31, 2018 Report covers pedestrian crossing treatments The Transportation Re...

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January 11, 2018

Two Illinois bike lanes made the list of 2016's Best New Bike Lanes

Jan 11, 2018 Two Illinois bike lanes made the list of 2016's Best New Bike Lanes ...

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January 11, 2018

Toolkit covers transportation decision-making

Jan 11, 2018 Toolkit covers transportation decision-making The U.S. Federal ...

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January 11, 2018

DePaul report looks at policies that could make Chicago more bicycle-friendly

Jan 11, 2018 DePaul report looks at policies that could make Chicago more bicycle-friendly ...

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January 11, 2018

Development trends and housing affordability by walkability in the CMAP region

Jan 11, 2018 Development trends and housing affordability by walkability in the CMAP region ...

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January 11, 2018

PeopleForBikes Offers Grants

Jan 11, 2018 PeopleForBikes Offers Grants The PeopleForBikes Community Gran...

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January 24, 2012

Impacts of Suburban Business Density on Walking Behavior

The Access magazine of the University of California Transportation Center recently published a study investigating the impacts that urban design factors, street density, business counts, job c...

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May 19, 2014

U.S. Senate Releases Text for Highway Reauthorization Bill

On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee released the text of the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, its six-year, $265 billion highway bill.

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February 12, 2015

Obama Administration Releases Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

The White House proposed a $478 billion, six-year transportation reauthorization program as part of its FY16 budget request.

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September 05, 2017

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 tran...

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September 05, 2017

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...

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September 05, 2017

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 ...

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August 23, 2017

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, wh...

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August 23, 2017

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,...

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August 16, 2017

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 commu...

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August 16, 2017

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 constructin...

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August 16, 2017

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 ...

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