The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, have created an interactive website that is based on the Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report. For the first time, users have access to data online in order to explore the intersections between transportation, health, economics, equity, government funding and advocacy efforts.
The Benchmarking Report website provides easy-to-use tools for analyzing collected data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states, the 50 largest US cities and a select number of mid-sized cities. With these toolsets, users can explore benchmarks such as mode share, public health and traffic safety.
ITE Executive Director and CEO Jeffrey Paniati said “ITE is proud to be a partner in the development of the Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report Website. This ground-breaking tool supports a shift to more diverse and active transportation alternatives. Effectively implementing active transportation modes such as bicycling and walking can result in improved public health, greater liveability, and reduced fatalities on our roadways — all key initiatives pursued by ITE’s community of transportation professionals.”
“The American Public Health Association believes in the power of evidence — and inspiring change through data — to create healthier communities for all,” said Katherine Robb, Policy Analyst at APHA. “That’s why we’re proud to announce the new website exploring the Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report, which traces the rise of walking and biking across the nation.”
Practitioners, advocates, planners and public health professionals have already tapped into the report for such efforts as research, gathering facts for bicycling/pedestrian plans or reports, and supporting advocacy. A recent webinar educated viewers on how to use the new Benchmarking Report website and how to apply its information in order to advocate for bicycling and walking in communities around the US.
The website was designed and developed by Washington, DC digital strategy and design agency Taoti Creative. The website will be maintained by the League of American Bicyclists in support of its Active Transportation Leadership Institute and continued biennial benchmarking reports.