Alliance for Biking & Walking Resource Library Resources for planning and winning campaigns related to complete streets, legislation and policies, and local infrastructure.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center A national clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility for pedestrians (including transit users) and bicyclists. Operated by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the Federal Highway Administration. The center also hosts an extensive, free online library of photographs of bicycling, walking and more.
Caltrans Bicycle Facilities Unit Located at Caltrans headquarters in Sacramento, the unit provides policy, funding, planning and technical expertise in bicycle transportation. The unit also provides staff support to the California Bicycle Advisory Committee.
Open Streets Project A collaboration between the Alliance for Biking & Walking and The Street Plans Collaborative, the project shares information about open streets as a way to increase the number, size and frequency of initiatives occurring across North America. California has hosted more open streets events than any other state.
REPORTS & STUDIES
Bicycling injuries and the cycling environment, University of British Columbia (2012) This study of Vancouver and Toronto looks at cyclist route choice and which kinds of streets and facilities are most likely to cause injury. Bike lanes on a street with no parked cars cut injury rates in half, but even safer are cycle tracks, a new (to the U.S.) cycling facility that’s part of the roadway but physically separated from car traffic. For a great summary of the article, check out this Atlantic cities piece.
A survey of Portland residents indicates that a large proportion want to ride a bicycle for transportation but won’t ride because they don’t feel safe sharing the road with other traffic. These results point to the significant potential for increasing bicycle ridership by improving roadway safety, especially in light of research by Peter Jacobsen (below) on the relationship between ridership and vehicle collisions.
“Cyclist road deaths in London 1985-1992,” Mark McCarthy (1996) McCarthy concludes that about 40% of all bicyclists killed in vehicle collisions die when struck from behind.
“Safety in numbers: more walkers and bicyclists, safer walking and bicycling,” P.L. Jacobsen (2003) Jacobsen demonstrates that bicycle ridership and the incidence of collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles are inversely proportional. Roads become safer for bicyclists (and pedestrians) when more people bike or walk.
“The Economic Benefits of Bicycle Infrastructure Investments,” League of American Bicyclists (2009) Bicycling generates more than $100 billion a year to the U.S. economy. It supports nearly 1.1 million jobs and generates nearly $20 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenues, as well as billions spent on meals, transportation, lodging, gifts and entertainment during bike trips and tours.
“Environmental and demographic correlates of bicycling.” Sallis, Conway, Dillon, Frank, Adams, Cain, Saelens.
Implementing measures to improve bicyclists’ safety from cars would primarily benefit racial-ethnic groups who cycle less but have higher rates of chronic diseases, as well as those who currently feel least safe bicycling.
PRESENTATIONS Professor John Pucher argues that cycling and walking are the most environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable of all transport modes in this one and a half hour presentation at Harvard University. The California Bicycle Coalition makes many presentations to community organizations and government agencies promoting bicycling. Below are some of the best: Healthy Transportation Network presentation on some aspects of bike education and design, Santa Cruz, CA, Dec 6, 2011. Healthy Transportation Network presentation on some aspects of bike education and design, Fortuna, CA, June 20, 2012.