Cities ranked for bicycling/walkability

The Alliance for Biking and Walking just published their 2012 Benchmarking Report. As reported in the Los Angeles Times:

[The report] provides a look at commuting by cycling and walking in the U.S., how safe those commutes are, and where transportation funding is going — or not going — to promote these alternative means of local travel.

The report ranked states and cities on bicycling and walking levels (how many people commute by bike or foot) as well as fatality rates. Boston had the highest level of such commutes, and Fort Worth, Texas, the lowest. Vermont and Boston had the fewest fatalities and Florida and Fort Worth the most.

Some more brief (and sobering) highlights:

From 2000 to 2009, bicycling commuters in the U.S. rose by 57%. But the largest 51 cities in the country saw an average 29% increase in bicycle fatalities since the group released its 2010 report. That number may change if the planned 20,908 miles of bike facilities and 7,079 miles of pedestrian facilities across the country are funded.

It can be dangerous out there for those who travel by bike or foot: 12% of trips in the U.S. are taken via cycling or walking, but 14% of those involved in fatal traffic accidents are bicyclists and pedestrians.

Read the LA Times article by clicking here, visit the Alliance website here, or download the full (242 pages, 24MB) report by clicking here.


  1. Steve A

    Does this have any real credibility at all or is it a simple scam to harvest emails? Try to download the report without giving them a way to harass you about their agenda…

  2. Ghost Rider

    It’s annoying to have to do this, but rest assured this is totally legit. Every news outlet in the nation has accessed this report.

    If it bothers you a lot, submit fake info. I did (I don’t like to give away my email address). As long as it has the @ symbol in there, the system is fooled.

  3. BluesCat

    I have a whole set of “throw away email addresses” that I use for just these occasions. And if the site has a particularly obnoxious “You must register with us, but it’s FREE, we just need to know ALL KINDS OF STUFF ABOUT YOU” type of pitch, I’ll create an entirely new one with the profile of a serial killer … they usually don’t bother me after that.

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