Cities are taking steps to make biking and walking a more viable transportation option -- from new bike share programs to complete streets infrastructure. Which cities are seeing their investments payoff with more commuters getting to work on bike and foot?
A new report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking analyzes bike and pedestrian data from the largest 51 cities in the U.S. and ranks them based percentage of bike/pedestrian commuters. The report also looks at the safety, economic benefits, and funding levels for bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
Here's the top 10 cities with the highest percentage of commuters who bike or walk to work:
2. Washington, D.C.
3. San Francisco
5. New York
6. Portland, Ore.
10. New Orleans
But as walking and biking are gaining popularity in cities, with nearly 14% of all trips in major U.S. cities happening on foot or bike, funding level are low and fatalities are high: only 1.6% of the federal transportation budget is spent on bike and pedestrian infrastructure, while more than 30% of traffic fatalities in cities are bikers or pedestrians.
The report is packed with other interesting statistics:
For more detailed statistics on biking and walking in your city and state, check out the report [PDF].
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