Analyzing Trends in Walking


Tracking trends in the amount of walking by the American public is important for performance measures related to pedestrian safety and active travel. However, consistently obtaining full reports from people on how much they walk is quite complicated. Incidental walk trips are commonly forgotten when people recall their travel, and many people just don't think some walks — like walking the dog — are worth reporting.

This report examines trends on walking by examining national level data from the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), and identifies changes in survey methodology over time that may impact these trends.

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