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What is a state Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, and what are the Coordinator's primary responsibilities?

The 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) mandated that all state departments of transportation have a bicycle and pedestrian coordinator or program manager. A coordinator's primary functions are to institutionalize nonmotorized transportation within a larger state agency and to increase the number of citizens safely bicycling and walking in the state. ...more >

What is a state Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, and what are the Coordinator's primary responsibilities?

The 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) mandated that all state departments of transportation have a bicycle and pedestrian coordinator or program manager. A coordinator's primary functions are to institutionalize nonmotorized transportation within a larger state agency and to increase the number of citizens safely bicycling and walking in the state. ...more >

Are bicyclists allowed to ride on interstates?

It varies by state. All states prohibit cyclists on at least some limited access divided express highways. Several states — Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming — permit bikes on virtually all interstates. ...more >

Are bicyclists supposed to ride as far to the right of the roadway as possible?

No! Many state vehicle codes say that bicyclists should operate as far to the right as is practicable, and note that in many situations it is safer and more appropriate for bicyclists to operate away from the right hand edge of the roadway. ...more >

How can I encourage others to walk for health reasons?

Walking is one of the easiest, safest, and most cost-effective forms of exercise. However, some people are reluctant to walk, despite the many health benefits . Read our section on Overcoming Common Perceptions and Barriers to Walking to understand some of these reasons, ...more >

Why do people walk?

The 2001 National Household Travel Survey reports the following walking trip purposes: Trip Purposes as Percentage of Walking compared to Other Modes, 2001   Percentage of Walking Trips Percentage of Other Modes Social and Recreational 44. ...more >

How do I tap into CMAQ funding for my bicycle/pedestrian project?

Program Overview The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program was created in 1991 under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) to fund transportation related projects that are designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. ...more >

How do I tap into CMAQ funding for my bicycle/pedestrian project?

Program Overview The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program was created in 1991 under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) to fund transportation related projects that are designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. ...more >

How many people walk?

There is no clear and absolutely correct number, because walking varies widely - from children walking to school to people commuting to work to walking for fitness and exercise. Collecting pedestrian counts can be time- ...more >

What are Park Once and Walk policies or programs?

A Park Once and Walk program encourages walking through the strategic placement and pricing of parking. These programs create a pedestrian-friendly environment through the use of policies, codes, planning and management efforts that design parking facilities ( ...more >

What ordinances and policies promote nonmotorized transportation?

Ordinances and policies that address the connection between transportation, land uses, and neighborhood/street design concurrently are the most likely to enhance the walkability and bikeability of a community. ...more >

What ordinances and policies promote nonmotorized transportation?

Ordinances and policies that address the connection between transportation, land uses, and neighborhood/street design concurrently are the most likely to enhance the walkability and bikeability of a community. ...more >

How can I take advantage of Transportation Enhancements funding?

In 1991, Congress passed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) to promote balanced, multimodal transportation. The creation of Transportation Enhancements (TE), which has provided funding for more than 24, ...more >

How can I take advantage of Transportation Enhancements funding?

In 1991, Congress passed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) to promote balanced, multimodal transportation. The creation of Transportation Enhancements (TE), which has provided funding for more than 24, ...more >

Why don't people walk?

The 2002 National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors reports that one in five adults age 16 or older have either never walked or had not walked during a thirty-day period in the summer of 2002. ...more >

How do communities survey citizen needs and attitudes about bicycling and walking?

Several techniques may be used to assess citizen needs and attitudes regarding bicycling and walking. Some highly recommended approaches include: Image: Dan Burden Opinion surveys of representative samples Speaking directly with the target population and analyzing their responses may be the most accurate and informative method of collecting the needs and attitudes of citizens. ...more >

How do communities survey citizen needs and attitudes about bicycling and walking?

Several techniques may be used to assess citizen needs and attitudes regarding bicycling and walking. Some highly recommended approaches include: Image: Dan Burden Opinion surveys of representative samples Speaking directly with the target population and analyzing their responses may be the most accurate and informative method of collecting the needs and attitudes of citizens. ...more >

Which are the best cities for walking?

Prevention Magazine, in coordination with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), create an annual list of the best walking cities in the US. Some of the factors included in the ranking are: ...more >

Which are the best cities for bicycling?

Bicycling Magazine tries to answer this question every couple of years. Their 2001 rankings are split into three different size categories; with the smallest city population included being 200,000 people. ...more >

How can I take advantage of Recreational Trails Program funding?

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the US Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initially created under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 ( ...more >

How can I take advantage of Recreational Trails Program funding?

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the US Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initially created under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 ( ...more >

What is the Bicycle Commuter Act and what are the tax benefits for biking to work?

The 2008 US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) found that 0.55% of the US population used a bike as their primary transportation method for getting to work. The 2008 numbers represent a 14% ...more >

What technologies and cell phone applications are available to promote bicycling and walking?

There are a number of cell phone and smartphone applications related to walking and bicycling currently available, as well as traditional web sites. These interactive programs allow users to find bicycling and walking routes, ...more >

What technologies and cell phone applications are available to promote bicycling and walking?

There are a number of cell phone and smartphone applications related to walking and bicycling currently available, as well as traditional web sites. These interactive programs allow users to find bicycling and walking routes, ...more >

I get bored walking. How can walking be more fun?

Make it interesting! Here are some tips to put more fun into walking and to keep you motivated to walk: Make it social -- Walk with friends, social groups, walking clubs, or combine walking with another fun occasion, ...more >

Is it safer for bicyclists to ride with traffic or to ride against traffic?

Bicyclists should ride with traffic. One of the keys to safe bicycling is to be as predictable and as conspicuous as possible so that motorists always know you are there and can predict what you are going to do. ...more >

What is the best way to encourage work trips by bicycle?

Recruiting commuter cyclists depends on effective hardware and attractive software. Hardware includes: Supportive facilities such as bike lanes and off-road trails. Current and would-be cycling commuters identify physical barriers and safety concerns as reasons to cycle less or not at all when deciding which mode to choose for work trips. ...more >

What do we need to consider in selecting bicycle racks in order to reduce future maintenance costs?

There are several factors to consider when selecting bicycle racks to keep future maintenance costs to a minimum: Finish . Painted racks look great new, but even the best powder coat finish is subject to chipping, ...more >

What are the national transportation-related surveys that include bicycling?

United States Census, 1990 & 2000: Percentage of journeys to work by bicycle in 1990: 0.41% (466,856 people) Percentage of journeys to work by bicycle in 2000: 0.38% (488,497 people -- data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability) ...more >

How safe do people feel bicycling?

The Omnibus Survey completed for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics in February 2003 asked all respondents how safe they felt using different modes of transport. When asked, "How satisfied are you with how your local community is designed for making bike riding safe? ...more >

What is Active Living?

"Active Living" means being active as an integrated part of everyday life. It is both a lifestyle and a strategy to help those at risk for diseases that may be related to a sedentary way of life ( ...more >

What is Active Living?

"Active Living" means being active as an integrated part of everyday life. It is both a lifestyle and a strategy to help those at risk for diseases that may be related to a sedentary way of life ( ...more >

Is my state or city required to have a bicycle and/or pedestrian coordinator?

Federal transportation law requires every state to have at least a part-time bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in their Department of Transportation. Most states have chosen to make the position full- ...more >

Is my state or city required to have a bicycle and/or pedestrian coordinator?

Federal transportation law requires every state to have at least a part-time bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in their Department of Transportation. Most states have chosen to make the position full- ...more >

What barriers do women face in bicycling and how can they be overcome?

In the U.S., men's bicycling trips outnumber women's bicycling trips by at least 2:1 (i). There are varying elements which influence a woman's likelihood to bicycle in the U.S.; however, there are simple and low cost interventions for each of these issues. ...more >

How can we accommodate baby strollers and bicycles on outdoor staircases?

An important consideration in answering this question is the need to keep the staircase compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA specifications and guidelines can be quite stringent and are enforced as a civil rights issue by the U. ...more >

How can we accommodate baby strollers and bicycles on outdoor staircases?

An important consideration in answering this question is the need to keep the staircase compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA specifications and guidelines can be quite stringent and are enforced as a civil rights issue by the U. ...more >

What is a bicycle boulevard?

Bicycle boulevards are low-volume streets that have been optimized for bicycle travel through traffic calming and diversion, signage and pavement markings, and intersection crossing treatments. Bicycle boulevards are shared roadway facilities that, ...more >

Do pedestrians and bicyclists have the same wayfinding needs?

Bicycle destination signs are installed at decision points (i.e. where one signed route intersects another) on Chicago's signed route network. This consolidated signage array provides the " ...more >

Do pedestrians and bicyclists have the same wayfinding needs?

Bicycle destination signs are installed at decision points (i.e. where one signed route intersects another) on Chicago's signed route network. This consolidated signage array provides the " ...more >

What objections might homeowners make to installing sidewalks in their neighborhoods and how can I address these concerns?

Walking is the most recommended form of exercise. People are more likely to do it when the "gym" is just outside the door. Yet landowner objections sometimes result in disconnected sidewalk systems that make walking in neighborhoods or on work breaks difficult and/ ...more >

Do any airport authorities provide for long-term bicycle parking?

Victoria (British Columbia) International Airport introduced bicycle facilities in preparation for the 2004 Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference. Local advocates worked with the airport to identify projects to accommodate cyclists traveling and commuting to the airport. ...more >

How can our community promote walking and bicycling to people who are concerned about high gasoline prices?

High gasoline prices alone will inspire a few people to leave their cars at home and walk or bike. Communities that have already invested in sidewalks and/or a user-friendly bicycling system have a head start because these facilities will encourage novice walkers and bicyclists who might otherwise feel intimidated or overwhelmed. ...more >

How can our community promote walking and bicycling to people who are concerned about high gasoline prices?

High gasoline prices alone will inspire a few people to leave their cars at home and walk or bike. Communities that have already invested in sidewalks and/or a user-friendly bicycling system have a head start because these facilities will encourage novice walkers and bicyclists who might otherwise feel intimidated or overwhelmed. ...more >

What are communities doing to engage children so they help create walkable, bicycle-friendly communities?

The Safe Routes To School (SRTS) program is pioneering innovative ways to include children in planning processes consistent with its overall goal of making walking and bicycling safer and more convenient for children. ...more >

What are communities doing to engage children so they help create walkable, bicycle-friendly communities?

The Safe Routes To School (SRTS) program is pioneering innovative ways to include children in planning processes consistent with its overall goal of making walking and bicycling safer and more convenient for children. ...more >

Are there examples of local businesses sponsoring or providing a free air pump as a service to bicyclists?

A public bicycle air station in Davis, California. Photo: David Takemoto-Weerts Providing a free, reliable source of air for bicyclists' tires requires an investment in good equipment but shows customers you care and that you encourage them to pedal to your place of business. ...more >

What is congestion pricing?

Congestion pricing is a policy that seeks to reduce the number of cars and trucks coming into or moving about a city by assessing fees during certain peak hours of travel. Annual traffic delay per person in the U. ...more >

What is congestion pricing?

Congestion pricing is a policy that seeks to reduce the number of cars and trucks coming into or moving about a city by assessing fees during certain peak hours of travel. Annual traffic delay per person in the U. ...more >

How many people bicycle?

There is no clear and absolutely correct number that is known, because bicycle usage varies widely -- from children riding to school to people commuting to work to racers going for training rides. Collecting bicycle counts can be time- ...more >

What factors are important in designing a safe street for pedestrians?

Pedestrians must be included as a matter of course in the planning and design of roadway plans. This includes reconstruction, repaving, and retrofits of existing streets. Only by integrating pedestrian facilities wholesale will the transportation system work in totality. ...more >

How do I start a Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee?

Step 1: Create an Official Committee A pedestrian or bicycle advisory committee can be created a the local level by local officials passing a resolution, or at the state level through an agency directive at a law passed by state legislators. ...more >

How do I start a Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee?

Step 1: Create an Official Committee A pedestrian or bicycle advisory committee can be created a the local level by local officials passing a resolution, or at the state level through an agency directive at a law passed by state legislators. ...more >

Is there widespread support for walking?

A national Surface Transportation Policy Project survey released in 2003 showed that many Americans are in favor of walking more places, and they are willing to invest what is necessary to make it possible. ...more >

How much does it cost to develop a bicycle and/or pedestrian plan?

It can vary widely, depending on the specific scope of the plan, but the range is probably somewhere between $25,000 and $500,000. Obviously the answer depends on a lot of variables and assumes that the development of the plan will likely be done by outside consultants. ...more >

How much does it cost to develop a bicycle and/or pedestrian plan?

It can vary widely, depending on the specific scope of the plan, but the range is probably somewhere between $25,000 and $500,000. Obviously the answer depends on a lot of variables and assumes that the development of the plan will likely be done by outside consultants. ...more >

How many people ride bikes?

There is no clear and absolutely correct number, because bicycle usage varies widely - from children riding to school to people commuting to work to racers going for training rides. Collecting bicycle counts can be time- ...more >

Are states and cities required to plan for bicycling and/or walking?

There is no legal requirement for states or cities to develop stand-alone bicycle and/or pedestrian plans. However, bicyclists and pedestrians must be considered in the statewide and metropolitan transportation plans required by Federal law ( ...more >

Are states and cities required to plan for bicycling and/or walking?

There is no legal requirement for states or cities to develop stand-alone bicycle and/or pedestrian plans. However, bicyclists and pedestrians must be considered in the statewide and metropolitan transportation plans required by Federal law ( ...more >

Are bicyclists allowed to ride on the road?

Yes! In all 50 states, bicyclists are either considered vehicles or have the same rights and responsibilities as the operator of a motor vehicle. In general, bicyclists are legally allowed to ride their bikes on all public roads unless they have been specifically excluded, ...more >

What are the health benefits of walking?

The health benefits of regular physical activity are far-reaching. Physical activity doesn't have to be very strenuous for an individual to reap significant health benefits. Even small increases in light to moderate activity, ...more >

Why do people ride bicycles?

The February 2003 Omnibus Survey conducted by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) found that of the 20.9 million people riding bikes the majority reported doing so for exercise/health (41 percent) ...more >

How many bicycles are sold each year?

According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News analysis of U.S. Commerce Department data, the total US Bicycle Market rose from 15.2 million in 1997 to 19.6 million in 2005. The economic recession of 2001 hit the bike market hard. ...more >