Alliance > Member Services > Benchmarking

Alliance Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Project

imageThe U.S. Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Project is an on-going effort from the Alliance for Biking & Walking to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and at least the 50 most-populated U.S. cities.

The first report was published in August 2007, the second in January 2010 and the third in January 2012. The next will be released in 2014.

Benchmarking Project Objectives:

  1. Improve Data Collection and Availability
    The Benchmarking Project identifies gaps in collection and availability of data on bicycling and walking use, safety, programs and provisions, and policies. This project also provides data on cycling and walking to states and cities in a standardized format that otherwise does not exist.
  2. Measure Progress and Evaluate Results
    The Benchmarking Project provides data to Alliance member organizations and government officials in a format that helps them measure their progress towards increasing bicycling and walking and evaluate the results of their policies and interventions.
  3. Determine Best Practices and Who Sets Them
    The Benchmarking Project identifies the cities and states who are setting the benchmarks for biking and walking. Other cities and states are directed to these role models for success stories, advice, and best practice models.
  4. Compare Cities and States
    The Benchmarking Project compares jurisdictions to help organizations and government agencies focus resources in areas with the greatest need of pedestrian and bicycle improvements. This project also provides a means for cities and states to compare themselves to one another, highlight and praise successes, encourage communities making progress, and make communities aware of areas needing more effort.
  5. Support Efforts to Increase Bicycling and Walking
    Ultimately, this Benchmarking Project supports the efforts of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations and government officials to increase bicycling and walking in their communities.

The 2007 Benchmarking Report

The Alliance published the first full Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report in August 2007. To view this report, download a copy, and view main findings click here.

The 2010 Benchmarking Report

The Alliance published the second full Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report in January 2010. To view this report, download a copy, and view main findings: click here.

The 2012 Benchmarking Report

The Alliance published the third full Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report in January 2012. To view this report, download a copy, and view main findings: click here (after January 23).

Benchmarking Project Partners and Team

The Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Project is made possible with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AARP, and Planet Bike. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) review committee ensures that our biennial Benchmarking Reports are realistic and valuable to traffic engineers.  We are also thankful to our project team including:

  • John Pucher, PhD, Rutgers University, Research Consultant
  • Ralph Buehler, PhD, Virginia Tech, Research Consultant
  • Andrew Dannenberg, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Project Advisor
  • Steven Skowronski, MPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Project Advisor
  • Gabe Rousseau, PhD, Federal Highway Administration, Project Advisor
  • Deb Hubsmith, National Safe Routes to School Partnership, Project Advisor
  • Arthur M. Wendel, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Project Advisor
  • Christopher Douwes, Federal Highway Administration, Project Advisor
  • Darren Flusche, League of American Bicyclists, Project Advisor
  • Philip J. Caruso, PE, Institute of Transportation Engineers, ITE Review Committee
  • Matthew D. Ridgway, AICP, PTP, Fehr & Peers, ITE Review Committee
  • Jeffrey R. Riegner, PE, AICP, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP, ITE Review Committee
  • Edward R. Stollof, AICP, Institute of Transportation Engineers, ITE Review Committee
  • Shawn M. Turner, PE, Texas Transportation Institute, ITE Review Committee
  • Jina Mahmoudi, Institute of Transportation Egineers, ITE Review Committee
  • Monica Altmaier, Fehr & Peers, ITE Review Committee
  • Meghan Mitman, Fehr & Peers, ITE Review Committee
  • James Mackay, City of Denver, ITE Review Committee
  • Jennifer Donlon, Alta Planning, ITE Review Committee
  • Jeff Miller, Alliance for Biking & Walking, Project Advisor
  • Andrea Milne, Alliance for Biking & Walking, Project Manager

Alliance member organizations are vital to the success of this project.

Share:


Make a Difference

Invest in biking and walking advocacy where it matters most... on the ground!

Upcoming Events

Youth Engagement and Family Biking --Call on April 02

U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing --Call on April 08

Baltimore, MD Winning Campaigns Training
April 11 through April 13, 2014