Bicycling Resources and Research

document Active Transportation for America, Rails to Trails Conservancy
Investment in a more diverse transportation system - one that provides viable choices to walk and bike - will lead to a far more efficient use of transportation resources. ...more >
web Active Community Environments Initiative (ACES), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Active Community Environments Initiative (ACES) promotes walking, bicycling, and the development of accessible recreation facilities. ...more >
document National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Bureau of Transportation Statistics
This brief summary highlights the findings from the National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes. ...more >
web Active Living Network Storybank, Active Living Network
The Active Living Storybank is a searchable database of projects, programs and initiatives around the country promoting health through changes in the built environment. ...more >
web The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
This website is the health, physical activity, fitness and sports information website of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. You can find out about the Council and its work, view its publications, ...more >
document Case Study No. 1: Reasons Why Bicycling and Walking Are And Are Not Being Used More Extensively as Travel Modes, Federal Highway Administration
This report discusses current levels of bicycling and walking for utilitarian and recreational purposes and assesses the potential for increased usage. Part and parcel of this is an exploration of the major demand constratints on non- ...more >
web Project for Public Spaces, Project for Public Spaces
This site has an extensive collection of resources to support lively public spaces in the built environment. ...more >
web Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. ...more >
document Case Study No. 15: The Environmental Benefits of Bicycling and Walking, Federal Highway Administration
This study attempts to estimate the environmental benefits of bicycling and walking, primarily through the amount of fuel consumption and automotive pollution that they avoid by displacing use fo passenger vehicles. ...more >
web Be Alert and Share the Road, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
This one-page publication provides summer safety messages for a variety of audiences from your friends at NHTSA. ...more >
document Feasibility of Demand Incentives for Non-Motorized Travel, Federal Highway Administration
This report examines the potential of various strategies for increasing the use of walking and bicycling for utilitarian purposes. ...more >
web The Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP), Federal Highway Administration
This program is providing 25 million dollars each to four communities to demonstrate how improved walking and bicycling networks can increase rates of walking and bicycling. ...more >
document Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Mobility in Europe, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
The purpose of the 2009 international scanning study was to identify and assess effective approaches to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility. ...more >
web Surface Transportation Policy Project, Surface Transportation Policy Project
The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a diverse, nationwide coalition working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices that enhance the economy, improve public health, promote social equity, ...more >
document Does the Built Environment Influence Physical Activity?, Transportation Research Board Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requested this study in order to examine the connection between the built environment and the physical activity levels of the U. ...more >
web Active Living by Design, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, UNC School of Public Health.
Active Living by Design is a national program that establishes innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies. ...more >
multimedia Planning and Designing Bicycle Facilities, Federal Highway Administration
This slide show discusses the benefits of bicycling, related legislation, design standards, roadway hazards, multi-use trail design, and additional related programs. This slide show also contains many illustrative images. ...more >
document Creating a Healthy Environment: The Impact of the Built Environment on Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This report looks at the impact that land-use decisions have on public health. "In this monograph, [the authors] address...land-use decisions, discuss how they affect our health, and offer some suggestions on how public health professionals can collaborate with their colleagues in land- ...more >
document Estimating the Economic Benefits of Bicycling and Bicycle Facilities: An Interpretive Review and Proposed Methods, Essays on Transportation Economics
The purpose of this paper is to review and interpret existing literature that evaluates the economic benefits of bicycle facilities and suggest strategies for evaluating economic benefits in future work. ...more >
document The Impact of Community Design and Land-Use Choices on Public Health, American Journal of Public Health
This report describes 37 questions that resulted from a workshop on the relationship between the built environment and physical and mental health. The full text may be obtained from PubMed Central at the link below. ...more >
document How to enhance WALking and CYcliNG instead of shorter car trips and to make these modes safer (WALCYNG), Department of Traffic Planning and Engineering, University of Lund, Sweden
The purpose of this document is to examine conditions and measures which may enhance walking and cycling instead of making shorter car trips. ...more >
web Adventure Cycling Association, Adventure Cycling Association
The Adventure Cycling Association aims to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. ...more >
document Remarks of Martin E. Robbins: Moving Transportation in the Right Direction, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University
These are the remarks of Martin E. Robins, Director of the Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute from his talk entitled "Moving Transportation in the Right Direction." ...more >
web National Center for Bicycling & Walking, National Center for Bicycling & Walking
The Center's mission is to help create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities across North America by encouraging and supporting the efforts of individuals, organizations, and agencies. ...more >
web Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), Better Environmentally Sound Transportation
BEST is an advocacy organization that offers volunteer opportunities and works with planners and elected officials to support green transportation in Vancouver and across Canada. ...more >
web Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT), Coalition for Appropriate Transportation
Coalition for Appropriate Transportation, an educational charity, works to improve mobility and to educate about safe pedestrian access, bicycling, public transportation, and trail systems. The site contains news, ...more >
web Conservation Law Foundation, Conservation Law Foundation
This site contains news updates, research publications, an events calendar, legislative action opportunities, and specific fact sheets on smart growth in New England. ...more >
document Colorado Bicycling Manual, Colorado Department of Transportation Bicycle/Pedestrian Program
This compendium of bicycling information is designed to encourage the use of bicycles by providing information about bicycling in Colorado to make it an easy, safe, and satisfying experience. ...more >
web Transportation Alternatives Citizens Group (New York City Area), Transportation Alternatives
Transportation Alternatives' mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives. ...more >
web National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, Alta Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Pedestrian and Bicycle Council
This nationwide effort provides consistent model of data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals. ...more >
web How to Get More Bicyclists on the Road, Scientific American Magazine
An emerging body of research suggests that a superior strategy to increase pedal pushing could be had by asking the perennial question: What do women want? ...more >
document A Study of Land Use, Transportation, Air Quality, and Health (LUTAQH) in King County, WA, Lawrence Frank & Co., GeoStats, Inc, San Diego State University, University of Cincinnati
This research documents the impact of land use decisions and transportation investments and suggests strategies for allocating resources to encourage more compact, mixed use neighborhoods with more transportation choices. ...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 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 >
web Community Design and Transportation Policies, The Physician and Sports Medicine
This article discusses the benefits of and the challenges to promoting physical activity through urban design. ...more >
document Measuring the Health Effects of Sprawl, Smart Growth America, Surface Transportation Policy Project
This report presents the first national study to show a clear association between the type of place people live and their activity levels, weight, and health. ...more >
document Driving, Walking, and Where You Live: Links to Obesity, McCann Consulting
This study shows a strong link between time spent driving and obesity: every additional 30 minutes spent in a car each day translates into a 3 percent greater chance of being obese. ...more >
document Obesity Relationships with Community Design, Physical Activity, and Time Spent in Cars, American Journal of Preventive Medicine
The objective of this study is to evaluate the relationship between the built environment around each participant's place of residence and self-reported travel patterns (walking and time in a car), ...more >
document Bicycle Tourism: Texas' Untapped Resource, Texas Bicycle Coalition
This pamphlet describes the ways that bicycling can improve the local economy. ...more >
document Blueprint for Better Biking: 40 Ways to Get There, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
This guide provides innovative solutions to substantially increase cycling in the Portland, Oregon, area. ...more >
document Development and Public Health: Could Our Development Patterns Be Affecting Our Personal Health?, Urban Land
This paper looks at the impact that land-use decisions have on public health. ...more >
document Pedaling Health: Health Benefits of a Modal Transportation Shift, Australian Department of Transport,
The purpose of this report is to present medical research on the benefits accruing from incorporating exercise into daily living patterns. ...more >
web Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to reducing car dependency in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. ...more >
document Health Impacts of the Built Environment, Institute of Public Health in Ireland
This review is the third in the series and illustrates how the built environment impacts on health. ...more >
document National Scan of Actions to Address the Relationship between Built Environments, Physical Activity and Obesity, Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC), Public Health Agency of Canada
This report reviews recent literature on health and the built environment, and discusses various related organizations and the resources they offer. ...more >
document Report on Public Health and Urban Sprawl in Ontario, Ontario College of Family Physicians
This report summarizes pertinent information on the relationship between urban sprawl and health. It serves to identify the key issues that are relevant to the growing number of sprawl-related health problems in Ontario which is comparable to US situations and is far worse compared to Europe. ...more >