bicycling

Better infrastructure boosts cycling rates

By Bill Holloway New research affirms the link between bicycle-friendly infrastructure and biking rates among nearby residents. The researchers analyzed a decade of bicycle commuting data in Minneapolis to determine the impact of the Greenway—a 5.5-mile grade-separated cross-town bicycle and

State DOTs are beginning to embrace protected bike lanes

By Chris McCahill Protected bicycle lanes, which physically separate cyclists from automobile traffic using objects such as bollards or parked cars, are becoming popular among municipal transportation agencies, bicycle advocates, and less experienced cyclists. According to the Green Lane Project,

New study links community characteristics to bicycle ridership

By Bill Hollway A new study published in the Journal of Transportation Geography further confirms the impacts of land use and the built environment on bicycle ridership and explores the elasticity of bicycle ridership in relation to some of these variables. Researchers analyzed household travel

New tools for estimating biking and walking demand

By Robbie Webber As part of the biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference, Rich Kuzmyack of Renaissance Planning Group presented on new techniques for estimating travel demand for bicycling. He was a principal author of the recently published NCHRP Report 770: Estimating Bicycling and

Bicycle data: Filling the gaps

By Chris McCahill A decade’s worth of data now shows bicycle commuting and trip-making continuing to rise around the nation. A recent report from the U.S. Census—the first report of its kind—reveals that the number of people biking to work has increased by 60 percent since 2000, more than

Illinois releases its first comprehensive statewide bicycle plan

By Chris McCahill In April, the Illinois DOT released its first statewide bike plan, marking an important milestone both in ramping up its comprehensive planning efforts and in becoming a more multimodal transportation agency. The bike plan was released as a supplemental chapter to the state’s

Some urban roads are prime for bike lane retrofits

By Chris Spahr An April 11 post on FiveThirtyEight provides a thoughtful analysis of what happens when a bike lane is constructed on an urban road where commuters drive on a daily basis. This analysis counters opponents of a Brooklyn bike lane who made claims that it reduces room for cars and

CDOT study tests methodology for systematic bicycle traffic measurement

By Robbie Webber As bicycling and walking have become more popular methods of transportation, cities and states are searching for better techniques for estimating traffic from these non-motorized modes. Both on individual corridors and throughout transportation systems, traffic volumes are

America’s Rails with Trails: A Resource for Planners, Agencies, and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridors (Rails to Trails Conservancy, 2013)

Instead of converting former rail lines to multi-use trails, states and municipalities are also finding that trails can be built alongside active rail lines. This report examines the characteristics of 88 rails-with-trails in 33 states, based on a survey of trail managers and the results of

Oregon DOT promotes Drive Less Challenge

By Dan Moser On October 21, Oregon Department of Transportation and its regional transportation partners launched the first statewide Oregon Drive Less Challenge.  The immediate goal of the campaign is to reduce statewide vehicle miles traveled in single occupancy vehicles by half a million