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New Report: Evidence to Inform a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

Might increasing the investment in walking and biking programs encourage more active modes of transportation? Learn more in a new report from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Physical Activity Research Center.


Using national data to evaluate evidence for how investments in walking and cycling may support physically active transportation, researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health looked at how people ages 16 and older got to and from work over time between 2000 and 2016 in counties with populations of at least 100,000 people.

In this new report, the authors looked in depth at data from 104 counties, and determined that, nationally, the proportion of total federal transportation funding allocated specifically for cycling and walking investments has increased over time, and locally, the allocation and use of federal funding for cycling and walking investments is variable across counties in the U.S. The researchers found that many communities may not invest sufficiently to support growth in cycling and walking for transportation, recreation, or exercise. Federal funding for bicycle and walking projects can play a role in increasing the proportion of workers using a bicycle to get to and from work.  

The full report can be accessed here.