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Top 10 Bike/Ped Resources

The websites we frequently consult when providing technical assistance to everyone from community advocates to veteran transportation planners and engineers. For the very latest in bicycle and pedestrian related news, subscribe to CenterLines today.

  1. League of American Bicyclists. The League of American Bicyclists is the oldest bicycling organization in the US. It works through its members to promote better education and better facilities for bicyclists. Hosts the annual National Bike Summit. Highlights
    • Bicycle Friendly America Program. Encompassing the original Bicycle Friendly Community program, and new iterations for states, universities and colleges, and businesses.
    • Advocacy Advance Program. A partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Includes research and policy reports on rumble strips, highway safety programs, bicycling and climate change, and other topics.

  2. Rails to Trails Conservancy. The purpose of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is to enrich America's communities and countryside by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Highlights
  3. National Complete Streets Coalition is a coalition of organizations that advocates that streets should be designed to serve all users, of all abilities, of all ages. The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is a long-standing member.

  4. Cities for Cycling is a project of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). The Urban Bikeway Design Guide features innovative design treatments for accommodating cyclists in congested urban areas where competition for pavement is high.

  5. USDOT and official clearinghouses for Federal transportation programs
    • USDOT Office of Livability coordinates the efforts of its many agencies to ensure that transportation investments help build communities and improve quality-of-life. The website includes links to grants, research, case studies, and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (DOT, HUD, EPA).
    • FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. Includes: information on the amount of Federal bike/ped funding apportioned to each state since 1992; FHWA guidance on the accommodation of bicyclists and pedestrians on Federally funded transportation projects; Nonmotorized Pilot Program lessons learned; international best practices for bicycle and pedestrian facilities; and more.
    • FHWA Recreational Trails Program. Includes: guidance on technical design; reports; a directory of state RTP administrators; a database of RTP projects completed since 1993; and more.
    • FHWA Transportation Enhancements Program. Includes: guidance on the 12 permitted uses of Transportation Enhancement funds; and a directory of state TE program managers.
    • NHSTA Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program. Includes: statistical reports on safety, and curricula for teaching bicycle and pedestrian safety.
    • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is the official information and technical assistance clearinghouse for FHWA's bicycle and pedestrian program. Includes design guidance, a public photo library of facilities, and research.
    • National Center for Safe Routes to School is the official information and technical assistance clearinghouse for FHWA's Safe Routes to School Program.
    • National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse produces a number of useful resources including reports on the economic development benefits of Transportation Enhancements (TE) and a state database of all TE projects.
    • Context Sensitive Solutions Clearinghouse is a resource for citizens and professionals who want to ensure better outcomes from the transportation planning process.

  6. Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is a major program of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. ALRC works with community advocates, stakeholders, elected officials and professionals to remove barriers to physical activity in their communities. ALRC's work focuses on low income, low resource communities where health disparities exist and barriers to physical activity proliferate.

  7. Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is a membership organization that offers frequent webinars on bike/ped design, and hosts an active listserv.

  8. Safe Routes to School National Partnership is an extensive resource for everything from International Walk to School Day, to research and reports on topics relating to school travel, to curricula for bicycle and pedestrian education in elementary school.

  9. Active Living Programs and Public Health Resources
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the authoritative source for data on the obesity and physical inactivity epidemic that the United States has been experiencing since 1980.
    • Health Kids, Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation whose primary goal is to implement healthy eating and active living policy and environmental change initiatives that can support healthier communities.
    • Active Living Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supports research that examines how environments and policies influence active living for children and their families.
    • PolicyLink is a think tank that focuses on advancing economic and social equity by promoting and propagating promising policy practices developed at the local level in areas of transportation, food access, and physical activity.

  10. Transportation and Land Use Planning
    • Smart Growth America is a national coalition of state and local organizations working for smart growth.
    • Transportation for America is a broad coalition of housing, business, environmental, public health, transportation, and other organizations formed to influence Federal transportation legislation and policy. The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is a long-standing member. Website resources include Federal Transportation 101; developing performance measures for Federal transportation investments; case studies on livability and transit in small communities; and more.
    • Planetizen focuses on urban planning issues relating to transportation and land use. A very good resource for planners.