Posted on July 18, 2012 2:04 PM
Report on national non-motorized transportation pilot program
In 2005, theSafe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) established the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP). A new report represents the culmination of the initial implementation and analytical effort, provides an overview of the four pilot communities (Columbia, MO; Marin County, CA; Minneapolis, MN; and Sheboygan County, WI), program investments, evaluation results, and key outcomes and lessons learned.
Over four years, the NTPP provided approximately $25 million annually in contract authority allocated equally among four pilot communities “to construct … networks of non-motorized transportation infrastructure facilities, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian and bicycle trails, that connect directly with transit stations, schools, residences, businesses, recreation areas, and other community activity centers.” The NTPP was designed as a demonstration program to gather statistical information on transportation mode share shifts before and after the implementation of non-motorized transportation infrastructure and educational or promotional programs. The program was intended to “demonstrate the extent to which bicycling and walking can carry a significant part of the transportation load, and represent a major portion of the transportation solution, within selected communities.”