bicycling

MassDOT implements policies to increase walk, bike, and transit travel

By Eric Sundquist In support of its goal to triple walking, biking and transit travel by 2030, the Massachusetts DOT has issued a Healthy Transportation Policy Initiative with several implementation steps. Among the actions required by the document: All MassDOT-funded projects must seek to

VMT Inflection Point: Factors Affecting 21st Century Travel (SSTI, 2013)

For many decades, transportation planning has assumed continued increases in automobile use. Now, in a major reversal, the average American is driving considerably less. According to the most recent FHWA travel-volume report for July, total vehicle miles traveled showed no increase compared to

Tools for Estimating VMT Reductions from Built Environment Changes (Anne Vernez Moudon and Orion Stewart , University of Washington, 2013)

Developing built environments supportive of walking, bicycling, and transit use can help meet VMT reduction goals. But tools are necessary to understand how changes to the built environment may translate into changes in travel. Such tools can help optimize land use and transportation investments

How MPOs Are Handling TAP and SRTS (National Center for Safe Routes to School, 2013)

Large Metropolitan Planning Organizations are taking on a new role in supporting bicycling, walking, and Safe Routes to School as they begin to administer a portion of the new federal Transportation Alternatives program. This white paper from the National Center for Safe Routes to School is

How to Increase Bicycling for Daily Travel (Active Living Research, 2013)

What are the most effective strategies cities can use to increase bicycling? A growing number of studies have assessed the effectiveness of many strategies for increasing levels of bicycling, including on-street bike lanes, off-street bike paths, and other bicycling infrastructure; promotional

The New Majority: Pedaling Toward Equity (League of American Bicyclists and Sierra Club, 2013)

This report features data on demographic ridership, the effect of safe cycling infrastructure on ridership, new immigrant perceptions of bicycling, as well as the economic impact of transportation and health inequity. Although bicycling has grown across the country, the growth has been much

Proceedings from SSTI Community of Practice Meeting – Making the most of the Transportation Alternatives Program (SSTI, 2013)

MAP-21 makes some substantial changes to the funding stream that has fueled pedestrian and bicycle projects around the country. Among the changes in the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP): combining previously separate programs, creating a sub-allocation requirement for MPOs and a

AAA: Annual cost of car ownership now over $9,100 per year

By Mary Ebeling AAA’s recently released report on the cost of owning and operating a car estimates a mid-sized sedan carries an average operating cost of 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 a year. These costs include overall maintenance, insurance, and gas, and are based on expected annual mileage

Bicycle Friendly State Report Card 2013 (League of American Bicyclists, 2013)

Each year the League of American Bicyclists ranks each state in five areas: Legislation and enforcement; policies and programs; infrastructure and funding; education and encouragement; and evaluation and planning. The Bicycle Friendly State Program ranks states annually based on their level of

A Distance-Based Method to Estimate Annual Pedestrian and Bicyclist Exposure in an Urban Environment (FHWA, 2013)

This report describes a methodology for measuring pedestrian and bicyclist exposure based on counts of pedestrian and bicyclist volumes as well as the distances that pedestrians and bicyclists travel on facilities shared with motor vehicles. The distances that pedestrians and bicyclists travel