Federal Bike/Ped Pilot Project a Success

Included in the 2005 federal transportation bill was $100 million for four regions to invest in bike and pedestrian infrastructure to determine, essentially, if they build it, will they bike and ride more and drive less. The final results are in.

The Federal Highway Administration Bike/Walk Pilot pilot program, authorized by the 2005 federal transportation reauthorization bill known as SAFETEA-LU shows conclusively that infrastructure investments increase bicycle and pedestrian mode share of trips.

The Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) "provided over 25 million dollars each to four communities to demonstrate how improved walking and bicycling networks can increase rates of walking and bicycling. FHWA was required to report on the results of the NTPP. An Interim Report was submitted to Congress in January 2008. A Final Report was submitted in April 2012."

For each region, partner agencies were chosen to administer the grant funds:

Smart Mobility, a project of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, that worked with FHWA added that "the Pilot is designed to demonstrate that bicycling and walking can represent a major part of an affordable, sustainable transportation solution."

Key outcomes of the NTPP described in this report [PDF] include:

  • Counts in the four pilots saw an average increase of 49 percent in the number of bicyclists and a 22 percent increase in the number of pedestrians between 2007 and 2010.
  • Mode share increases in the pilot communities to bicycling and walking and away from driving from 2007 to 2010 outpaced the national average from 2001 to 2008.
  • For the communities in sum, bicycling mode share increased 36 percent, walking mode share increased 14 percent, and driving mode share decreased 3 percent between 2007 and 2010.

Thanks to Greenwire

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Irvin Dawid's picture

This "nonmotorized" report is a keeper!

Sorry about the goofy term - clearly "bike/ped" is clearer, but the actual term is "Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program", or, to be more precise, "Report to the U.S. Congress on the Outcomes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program SAFETEA-LU Section 1807"

Here are two handy links that might be helpful.
As always, Streetsblog published an excellent article by their Capitol Hill transportation reporter, Tanya Snyder, on May 1: "FHWA: Small Investments in Bike/Ped Infrastructure Can Pay Off in a Big Way"

Second, rather than sorting through the 99-page report (PDF) which may take a while to download, go the the HTML version - navigating from the Table of Contents. In fact, the cover page may be even more useful.
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

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