2014 Biking and Walking Benchmarking Report

2014 Biking and Walking Benchmarking Report

Alliance for Biking and Walking recently released their 2014 benchmarking report for biking and walking that includes data from 2011 and 2012. Angie Schmitt for Streetsblog USA has been writing a few various posts on the information coming from the report.

Here are some important facts from the report:

The number of people who bike and walk to work is growing gradually. According to the report, “3.4 percent of commuters” nationwide go to work by biking and walking in 2011 and 2012, with 2.8% by walking and 0.6% by bicycle.

Walking is growing more in cities. The walking commute rose to 5 percent in 2012. Boston has the highest share of walkers at 15 percent, with Washington D.C. following in second with 11.8 percent. Below is the share of commuters in the top 50 cities across the US:

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Source: Streetsblog USA and Alliance for Biking and Walking

Data on biking and walking is still hard to uncover. Tracking biking and walking is not something city or county governments have focused on primarily. In the long run, tracking this data could really help emphasize funding towards infrastructure that will promote biking and walking.

Positively, “levels of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity are all lower in cities with higher shares of commuters bicycling or walking to work.” These methods of transportation have positive impact on the public health of communities and cities.

Federal funding for biking and walking transportation is also increasing gradually. In 2012, 2 percent of funding was told biking and walking.

These are only some of the facts from the report. To learn more, you can access the report here.

Rebecca Hertz

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Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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