A Study of Bicycle Programs in Cities with Much Similarity to Charlottesville

Big surprise:

“Programs like the [Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program] reflect the ability of walking and bicycling investments to transform communities and improve quality of life by expanding safe and healthy travel options,” – Beth Osborne, USDOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy

“The [GetAbout Columbia] project has been extremely important to this community. It has provided numerous benefits, including choices for transportation, health, and transportation equity, and a large benefit to university students. An extremely popular program, it has done a great deal to connect neighborhoods. By making Columbia a more attractive community, it has already had a positive result in recruiting businesses and retirees to the city. It has made Columbia an even greater place to live!” – Former Mayor of Columbia, MO.

“Proportionately, Federal funding for bicycling and walking lags significantly behind financial support for other transportation modes, as shown in a recent study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report, found that although bicycling and walking make up 12 percent of all trips and account for 14 percent of traffic fatalities, only 1.6 percent of Federal transportation funding goes to these modes.”

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publicroads/12julaug/05.cfm

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