Alliance for Biking and Walking 2010 Benchmarking Report
Through funding from Bikes Belong, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Planet Bike, a new Benchmarking Report was released January 28, 2010 by the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The report explores the success of bicycle advocacy groups at securing federal funding for bicycling projects and driving spending of that funding on the local level.
The Benchmarking Project is also an on-going effort to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities.
This second biennial report reveals that in almost every state and major U.S. city, bicyclists and pedestrians are at a disproportionate risk of being killed, and receive less than their fair share of transportation dollars. While 10% of trips in the U.S. are by bike or foot, 13% of traffic fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians. Biking and walking receive less than 2% of federal transportation dollars.
The report also highlights that states with the lowest levels of biking and walking have, on average, the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. In contrast, states with the highest levels of biking and walking have, on average, the lowest rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
The report also ranks states and the 51 largest U.S. cities in biking and walking levels, safety, funding, advocacy, and policies.
The first Benchmarking Report was published in August 2007.