Posted on February 10, 2010 12:43 AM
New benchmarking report on biking and walking in the U.S.
The national advocacy group Alliance for Biking and Walking (formerly the Thunderhead Alliance) unveiled a major report last week entitled, “Bicycling and Walking in the United States: A Benchmarking Report.” The report ranks states and major cities in terms safety, mode share, funding, and levels of biking and walking. It is the second such report in the Alliance’s Benchmarking Project, an on-going effort to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities. The report shows that where bicycling and walking levels are higher, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes levels are lower. Higher levels of bicycling and walking also coincide with increased bicycle and pedestrian safety and higher levels of physical activity. The report concludes that in order to increase bicycling and walking, the U.S. must invest more in these modes.