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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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 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 >
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 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 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 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 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 >
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 >