Planning Resources and Research

document Reevaluating The Role Of Highway Expansion For Improving Urban Transportation, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
This report investigates claims that highway capacity expansion is a cost effective and desirable solution to urban traffic congestion problems. ...more >
document A Longitudinal Analysis of the Effect of Bicycle Facilities on Commute Mode Sharing, Transportation Research Board
This paper uses census data to describe changes in bicycle commute mode shares between 1990 and 2000 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN area, and specifically the impact of new bicycle facilities that were created during this decade. ...more >
document Active Facts: Parks, Trails, and Recreation, Active Living Resource Center
This document stresses the importance of recreation in our everyday lives and the role that parks and trails play in encouraging active lifestyles. It provides indicators to assess your community recreational services. ...more >
document Active Living and Social Equity: Creating Healthy Communities for All Residents, International City/County Management Association
This guide explains the connections between active living and social equity, provides a toolbox of local government strategies for promoting active living equitably, and highlights notable examples of local initiatives from around the country. ...more >
document Active Living Approaches by Local Government, International City/County Management Association
This paper discusses the results of surveys of local government officials regarding their ability to encourage active living in communities. ...more >
document Active Transportation Policy Issues, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
This paper provides background information on active transportation to facilitate discussion of national active transportation policy and legislation at the Active Transportation Roundtable. ...more >
document Another Look at Germany's Bicycle Boom, World Transport Policy and Practice
This article attempts to determine the reason for the substantial increase in bicycling in Germany since the early 1970s. It considers two potential sources for the increase: urban planning and external social factors. ...more >
document Railbanking Factsheet, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
This fact sheet is resource for community members to use to help maintain rail easements and convert them to public trails. ...more >
document Rails-Trails and Community Sentiment, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
This report examines 125 trails that opened between January 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021 in an effort to accurately depict the level of opposition that trail projects routinely encounter. ...more >
document Rails-Trails and Safe Communities, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, National Park Service
This paper discusses the results of a survey of all rail-trail managers and documents the level of crime on trails and identify the mitigation measures used by trail designers and managers. ...more >