8 fascinating facts about bicycling and walking in the US


The new report from the Alliance from Bicycling and Walking is out. There’s a wealth of great information and I haven’t even scratched the surface of it, but I wanted to share it: http://ow.ly/wB5HM

Also, this is an old article but so interesting! Everyone knows Portland is a cycling mecca and you would think the city sunk a ton of money into making it that way. Turns out all of the bike infrastructure cost as much as one mile of highway. Kinda puts things in perspective when you hear people complain about tax payer’s money going to build bike lanes.


2 thoughts on “8 fascinating facts about bicycling and walking in the US

  1. saltyvelo

    Some of their logic is poor – there are lots of reasons cycling fatalities can be down, it’s not just dependent on the number of cyclists. If I step back, however, some of their conclusions align with some of the reasons I commute.

    While they admit tracking actual numbers of people who commute (or walk) is difficult and probably highly inaccurate – but it is surprising to see states in the NORTH having a lot higher rate than some southern states. Of course, having personally commuted year round in 2 mountainous areas/climates (Denver and SLC), there is a strong correlation between the weather and number of bikes on the road. Therefore, if people are only going to use the infrastructure less than half of the year, is it worth the investment (which seems to be your point of the post – more investment in bike infrastructure)?

    • I do agree that there could be several reasons for the lower fatality rates in areas where cycling/walking is more prevalent, but I think that it is quite obvious that people who bike/walk places know to look for non-motorized vehicles. When I became a bike commuter I became much more aware of cyclists on the roads. When drivers know to look for you they are less likely to hit you. Also, other cyclists who are behind the wheel of a car are going to be less likely to behave aggressively or pass too closely. As for the numbers in the north – I think that a lot of that infrastructure is already there. Northern roads have wider shoulders to accommodate snow being pushed from the roadways. Those shoulders are great for cycling on when there is not snow. That’s just what I’ve heard from friends who have bike commuted in Madison and other “cold weather” cities. Also – note my second article in which Portland spent only what ONE MILE of highway cost on their entire bike infrastructure. That doesn’t seem like a waste to me even if it is only used part of the year. And lastly, I know a number of cyclists in cold weather cities who bike commute year round. Snow does not stop them.

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