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Feds: Where We've Added Bikeways, Biking Up 50%

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 - 12:41 PM

Ray LaHood in bike helmet, with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) (Photo: USDOT)

A federal program to encouraging biking and walking in four communities -- Columbia, MO; Marin County, CA; Minneapolis, MN; and Sheboygan County, WI, is meeting with success, according to a new bike month post by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on his Fastlane blog.

LaHood describes the program as "a four-year effort required by Congress to construct a network of sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian and bicycle trails connecting directly with schools, residences, businesses, recreation areas, transit centers, and other community activity centers."

According to LaHood:

  • Over four years, people in these four communities alone walked or bicycled an estimated 32 million miles they would have otherwise driven;
  • The communities saw an average increase of 49 percent in the number of bicyclists and a 22 percent increase in the number of pedestrians;
  • The percentage of trips taken by bike instead of car increased 36 percent, and those taken on foot increased 14 percent;
  • While each pilot community experienced increases in bicycling and walking, fatal bicycle and pedestrian crashes held steady or decreased in all of the communities; and
  • The pilot communities saved an estimated 7,701 tons of CO2 in 2010.

Oh by the way, LaHood dons a helmet and urges you to do the same.

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Comments [2]

Matthias

Surely much less than they otherwise would have spent on oil and highway subsidies!

May. 02 2012 02:12 PM
V. Wheetzle

Nice little bit of puffery for LaHood, but why don't you mention how much of the taxpayers' money the federal government extracted from our wallets and then spent on this?

May. 02 2012 12:47 PM

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