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The Alliance for Biking & Walking 2016 Report

This biannual benchmarking publication is information-packed and easy-to-use

Group Portrait Of Smiling Men And Women Waving Hands, Outdoors, Biking And Walking Report, Livable Communities

Image from the Alliance for Biking & Walking

Alliance members at a 2014 leadership retreat.


Every two years, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, a coalition of more than 200 organizations working to improve conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians, publishes a collection and analysis of data about bicycling and walkability trends in the United States.

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The data in the 2016 Bicycling & Walking in the United States Benchmarking Report can be used to advance walk-bike efforts throughout the nation.

The report contains details specific to older adults (see below) and other demographic groups. In addition, it contains severals useful graphs and charts, one of which can be seen on this page.

Cover of the Bicycling and Walking in the United States 2016 Benchmarking Report

Click on the cover image to download a PDF of the report.

The Stats For Seniors

According to a 2014 report by the AARP Public Policy Institute, about four out of 10 U.S. adults age 50 and older feel that their neighborhood is not pedestrian-friendly.

However, that doesn't mean older adults don't want to get out and walk. A Pew Research Center survey from that same year asked people 65 and older to imagine living in "a community with large houses, spaced farther apart with schools, stores, and restaurants several miles away" or a "community with smaller houses, closer to each other with schools, stores and restaurants within walking distance." The walkable community got the vote of 58 percent of the respondents.

Bike-Walk Friendly Design

Among the useful features of the report is the following visual (found on page 55) showing the types of "specialized" walk-bike infrastructure that makes streets friendly for nondrivers of all ages.

Chart Showing Biking And Walking Infrastructure, Biking And Walking Report, Livable Communities

Page published February 2016


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