The Alliance for Biking & Walking recently released its 2012 Benchmarking Report which analyzes data on bicycling and walking in all 50 U.S. states and in the 51 largest U.S. cities.
The report notes that bicyclists and pedestrians make up 12% of all trips but only 1.6% of federal transportation funds go to these modes. It also emphasizes how public interest in bicycling and walking is increasing:
“Public demand for bikeable and walkable places is also growing. A 2010 survey of 1,025 adults age 18 and older found that nearly half of drivers ages 18-34 are driving less. Nearly two-thirds reported they would drive less if transportation alternatives were more readily available.”
According to the report, Los Angeles is placed in the middle third of major cities when it comes to mode share, safety, policy, education/encouragement and advocacy capacity. The city of Los Angeles is ranked at number 20 in the number of individuals who cycle or walk to work and 18 among the safest cities to bike. Bicycling levels in Los Angeles have increased by 92% between 2000-2009 while walking levels have increased by 12% in that same time frame.
The report also underscores the benefits of cycling and walking:
“Bicycling and walking are good for public health, good for the environment, good for local economies, and help create vibrant communities. ...Bicycling and walking are also critical components of a healthy active lifestyle that promises to improve health, help protect against various diseases, reduce stress, and improve overall quality of life.”