Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report
The Benchmarking Project is an on-going effort of the Alliance for Biking & Walking to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities. This third biennial report reveals data on bicycling and walking levels and demographics; bicycle and pedestrian safety; funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects; written policies on bicycling and walking; bicycle infrastructure; bike-transit integration; bicycling and walking education and encouragement; public health indicators; and the economic impact of bicycling and walking. This report is an essential resource and tool for government officials, advocates, and those working to promote bicycling and walking, including data tables and graphs that show how your state or city stacks up and providing unprecedented statistics to help support your case for increasing safe bicycling and walking in your community. (January 2012, 242 pages)
America Bikes is a coalition of bicycle community leaders advocating for positive outcomes for biking and walking under the federal transportation bill.
America Walks leads a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. They engage, educate and connect walking advocates to promote safe, convenient and accessible walking conditions for all.
Alliance Sponsorship Opportunities
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is the North American coalition of more than 220 bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Alliance organizations represent more than 190,000 dues-paying members and interact with countless more residents in their communities. With the assistance of the Alliance and its network of leaders and experts, advocates have the tools to transform their communities into great places to bike and walk.
Why sponsor the Alliance? Because…
Your sponsorship is the catalyst for change across North America and gives your company repeated exposure in dozens of major markets. Your support builds brand loyalty among countless advocates and the hundreds of thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians they represent from coast to coast. Download our Sponsorship Invitation and select a level that fits your budget and meets your marketing needs.
The Alliance plays a powerful and important role in supporting organizations on the ground that work for safety, accessibility, and expansion of walking and cycling. Their positive energy motivates, not only our company, but also the many travelers who ride and walk with us.
- Gregg Marston, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
We support the Alliance because they are capacity builders. They nurture, network and coach their member organizations to ever-higher levels of effectiveness.
- Jay Ferm, Planet Bike
The Alliance does a remarkable job bringing cohesion to the nonprofit world of sustainable transportation. Their vision focuses the energy and passion of groups around the country, strengthening individual effort by creating a collective whole.
- Jenn Orgolini, Sustainability Director, New Belgium Brewing Company
Because the vast majority of Americans want their communities to be more walkable and bike friendly, CLIF BAR proudly supports the grassroots work of the Alliance. Aligning with our own values, the Alliance promote more vibrant communities, a cleaner environment and healthier, more active people.
- Elysa Hammond, Director of Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar
Members Home Page
The Alliance for Biking & Walking has over 220 member organizations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. We provide the following services to our members:
Our Online Resource Library provides over 1000 resources to Alliance members. Resources include template bylaws, workplans, budgets, and fundraising letters. You'll also find sample PSAs, annual reports, membership brochures, and a wealth of research on biking and walking issues. Search by keyword or category to find what you need.
We host between four and six Winning Campaigns trainings a year and a biannual Leadership Retreat in different North American cities. Our trainings are geared specifically for leaders of biking and walking advocacy organizations and are great opportunities for networking and resource sharing.
Our Mutual Aid series brings over 20 free educational conference calls a year to advocacy leaders. Call topics include capacity building for bike/ped advocacy organizations and topics of specific interest to biking and walking groups. Calls are facilitated by an Alliance staff member, last one hour, and typically draw between 10 and 30 Alliance leaders.
Alliance members have access to on-call coaching and consulting services from qualified Alliance staff. Need help with a campaign? Want advice on growing your organization's membership? Need help navigating a tricky board situation? Contact our staff for assistance. Special consulting services such as strategic planning and meeting facilitation are also available to members at special rates.
The Alliance Benchmarking Project collects, analyzes, and reports on bicycling and walking data for the 50 U.S. states and at least the 50 most-populous U.S. cities. The project provides vital data for advocates, planners, and researchers to evaluate progress and measure results of efforts to increase biking and walking.
Alliance members can post their job opportunities for free on the Alliance Job Board. We highlight our job board in our monthly e-newsletter, Streetside.
Alliance publications are geared towards helping grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations thrive. Alliance members receive discounts on all Alliance publications.
Advocacy Advance Grants are available to Alliance member organizations through a competitive application process twice a year. Grants fund start-up organizations, capacity building, and innovative programs to increase biking and walking.
Alliance members are kept plugged into national issues affecting bicycling and walking through our Action Center. From federal legislation like the Transportation Bill and Economic Stimulus Bill to Safe Routes to School, the Alliance plugs grassroots advocates into the national issues that matter most to them.
Alliance members receive discounts on the following
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The Alliance for Biking and Walking, formerly known as Thunderhead Alliance, is the coalition of grassroots advocacy organizations working together to promote bicycling and walking in North American communities. Alliance organizations come together to help each other grow their organizations and become more effective by sharing best practices and innovations.
Welcome to the Bike & Ped Advocacy Resource Library!
Here you will find the latest resources for bicycle and pedestrian advocates. There are over 500 resources in this library including sample documents and publications from Alliance member organizations, research and data on bicycling and walking issues, educational resources, public service announcements, models for organizing successful events, and more.
Feel free to browse the categories for resources of interest, or enter key words into the search tool to find exactly what you need. Many of the topics have been discussed on past Mutual Aid Calls, archived in their own section. If you cannot find what you're looking for, submit a request for a resource by emailing info@PeoplePoweredMovement.org. You can also submit resources you would like to share with other bicycle and pedestrian advocacy leaders.
Most of these documents and resources are password protected for the benefit of our member organizations and supporters. If you would like your advocacy organization to become an Alliance member, or if you would like to become one of our valued supporters, please...
Webinar Recording and Recap: Tracking State Legislation
Tracking legislation at the state level isn’t always a piece of cake. With multiple bills moving at any given time and many relevant policy issues, it can be tricky to stay on top of what’s happening.
Fortunately, the Sunlight Foundation has created two powerful tracking tools to simplify the task. On a recent training webinar with the Sunlight Foundation and Advocacy Advance, we showcased two tools that bicycling and walking advocates can use to track transportation legislation. The tools, Open States and Scout, increase legislative transparency and provide advocates an easy way to stay on top of their states’ legislative activity. Advocates can research the laws that promote bicycling and walking, as well as discover laws in other states to use as model legislation.
Open States compiles legislative information from representatives, bills and votes in all 50 states, as well as Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. This tool can help advocates research their state’s bills and legislators and gain a better understanding of a legislator’s committee membership, sponsored bills and recent votes. Open States can be a helpful resource for advocates to discover and cultivate their legislative champions who support bicycling and walking.
Scout is a rapid notification tool that can track specific terms within the full-text of a legislative bill, Congressional speeches and Federal regulations. Scout can also automatically alert advocates of any related updates or actions. Advocacy Advance has already created Scout alert for national bicycle laws, but users can also create customized alerts for their own states.
Open States and Scout are great tools for advocates to not only stay informed, but also to better positioned to galvanize support when needed the most. Click here to view the webinar recording and to learn more about these tools.
Dates Announced for 2014 Winning Campaigns Trainings
Last month, we announced that advocates in Oakland, Baltimore, Indianapolis, and Santa Barbara will host Alliance Winning Campaigns Trainings in their cities next year. These hands-on trainings have helped Alliance member organizations launch and win dozens of campaigns for better, safer biking and walking across North America.
And now, we’re pleased to announce the dates for these 2014 trainings!
Baltimore, MD: April 11-13, 2014
Indianapolis, IN: July 25-27, 2014
One Step at a Time, Boston Advocates Boost Walking at the Local, State, National Levels
Despite their name, WalkBoston is not limited to Massachusetts’ biggest metropolis. The organization’s work extends to communities throughout the state, permeates state policy, and influences the national walking movement.
At the community level, WalkBoston advocates work with public officials across Massachusetts to evaluate the walking environment, improve walking conditions, and engage local residents in walking. Their work is far-reaching — from consulting with planners and commenting on proposed designs for schools and casinos to holding walking audits and creating maps to market walking, WalkBoston advocates will go the extra mile to make sure that public spaces are designed with people in mind.
WalkBoston staff wave for the camera in the video for their Kickstarter campaign to create a walking map for Revere, MA.
“I think of our work as being a bridge between neighborhood groups and municipal or state agencies,” said Executive Director Wendy Landman. “We speak both languages.”
The organization has focused particularly on former industrial cities, where incomes are lower and people of color and new immigrants make up much of the population. In one such community, the design plans for a new school prioritized parking lot access over walkability even though over 85% of students walked to school. Advocates intervened by making recommendations to the design teams about how to better protect students walking to school.
At the state level, WalkBoston is deeply involved in helping the state implement pro-walking policies. “Massachusetts has been putting in place some terrific policies around modes of travel other than driving,” Landman explained. “We’ve been working with the state and with lots of other organizations to set the stage for change in the coming years.”
In 2012, MassDOT set a goal to triple the number of walking, biking, and transit trips by 2030. WalkBoston and other organizations, are helping the agency translate that directive into action. And in 2013, the Secretary of Transportation issued the Healthy Design Directive, stipulating that state transportation projects must take walking and transit into account. Advocates at WalkBoston want to make sure that the Directive is put in place with every new project.
“We’re hopeful that the 10,000 foot big-picture policies, like the modeshift goal and the healthy transportation compact, will be pulled down into the department and will change the way the department works, and then be further extended to municipal public works and engineering departments,” said Landman.
But WalkBoston’s focus doesn’t stop at the statewide level. Nationally, Wendy Landman works with the coordinating committee for the Every Body Walk Collaborative, a national effort to build the walking movement.
“We’re starting to see the beginnings of a real national walking movement and strategy at the national level,” Landman said. “It’s exciting.”
Call Summary & Recording: Messaging for Walking Advocacy
Walking advocacy carries its own set of needs around communications and marketing. What works for messaging bike-friendliness may not work for messaging walkability. From touting vibrant main streets to elevating the health benefits of regular exercise, a unique set of messages can be best for effective walking advocacy.
On a recent Alliance Mutual Aid Call, leading walking advocates discussed their hardest-learned lessons about effective messages to communicate the urgent need to boost walkability. Check out the below notes for an overview of all we discussed.
Alliance members can also listen to a call recording and see additional resources from the panelists in the Resources Library.
Messaging for Walkability - 11/20/13
Walking advocacy carries its own set of needs around communications and marketing. What works for messaging bike-friendliness may not work for messaging walkability. From touting vibrant main streets to elevating the health benefits of regular exercise, a unique set of messages can be best for effective walking advocacy. On this call, leading walking advocates discussed their hardest-learned lessons about effective messages to communicate the urgent need to boost walkability.
Call Summary & Recording: Sales for Community Bike Shops
Selling new and reclaimed bike components and accessories is an important part of many community bike shops’ models. Everybody benefits when a shop can sustain its own operations by successfully intaking discarded bikes, upcycling them, and selling affordable bikes in the community.
On at recent call Alliance Mutual Aid Call, leaders from community bike shop discussed their shops’ practices for sales, including point of sale software, permissions, and price policies. Check out the below notes for an overview of all we discussed.
Alliance members can also listen to a call recording and see additional resources from the panelists in the Resources Library.
Making the Case with Infographics --Call on December 04
Diversifying Staff and Boards --Call on December 18
12/03/2013 - Dates Announced for 2014 Winning Campaigns Trainings