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NCBW Publications

August 2010

Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design -- A Guide for Public Health Practitioners

The following downloads are available
in PDF format:
Chapter 1 (968KB)
Chapter 2 (1.1MB)
Chapter 3 (1.0MB)
Chapter 4 (846KB)
Full Guide (2.1MB)

The following download is available as a .zip file:
Inactivity Epidemic Presentation (11MB)

June 2009

Creating a RoadMap for Producing & Implementing a Bicycle Master Plan
by Peter Lagerwey

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April 2004

Does it work? State Department of Transportation Project Assessment

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The NCBW's newest tool under the Benchmarking Project is "Does It Work? State DOT Project Assessment."

This is not a report, but rather a process and tools with which to assess what an agency has actually done to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists in recent state highway projects. The process involves a series of steps or activities to identify and select projects, to conduct a post-construction review and assessment, to meet with appropriate State DOT staff to review the findings, and to identify and implement actions to improve performance, as needed. The objective is to improve both the policies and practices of the State DOTs to better accommodate people who choose to bicycle or walk.

February 2003

Are We There Yet? Assessing the Performance of State Departments of Transportation on Accommodating Bicycles and Pedestrians
National Center for Bicycling & Walking, 2003

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From its Benchmarking Project, the NCBW produced this report which shows that only only 11 state departments of transportation (DOT) have bicycle and pedestrian plans, and routinely accommodate bicycles and pedestrians in state highway projects.

In developing the report, the NCBW interviewed 49 state DOT bicycle/pedestrian coordinators and reviewed planning documents they provided.

The study looked closely at four topics: statewide bicycle and pedestrian plans, accommodating bicycles in state highway projects, providing sidewalks for pedestrians in state highway projects located in urban areas, and implementing a statewide Safe Routes to School program. The NCBW reviewed federal legislation, regulations, polices, and guidance, as well as the policies and recommended practices of national organizations including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Using these sources, a set of benchmarks was identified and used to assess the current performance of each state DOT. A chart shows all 50 states and their positions on these benchmarks.

December 2003

Taking Steps: An Assessment of Metropolitan Planning Organization Support for Bicycling & Walking

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December 2003

10 Strategies for Effective Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees
By Ben Gomberg

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December 1998

Creating Walkable Communities - A guide for local governments

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April 1986

Liability Aspects of Bikeway Designation: A Specail Report

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