APHA and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, have developed an interactive website that makes critical data from the “Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report” more accessible and user-friendly. The new site, www.bikingandwalkingbenchmarks.org, highlights the data collected and analyzed by the Alliance for Biking and Walking from all 50 states, the 50 most populous U.S. cities and 18 additional cities of various sizes for its benchmarking report.

Updated every twbenchmarking-2016-cover-180o years since 2003, this report promotes data collection and availability, measures progress, evaluates results and supports efforts to increase bicycling and walking in America. Its findings trace the rise of biking and walking in the U.S. and explore the intersections between transportation, health, economics, equity, government funding, advocacy efforts and more that shape American mobility and account for active transportation gains and challenges.

“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. Users can choose their own experience by exploring studies and analysis on critical trends, important considerations, and multi-faceted benefits of bicycling and walking — as well as review specific data by state or city with a comparison feature for context.

“This groundbreaking tool supports a shift to more diverse and active transportation alternatives,” said website development partner ITE’s Executive Director and CEO Jeffrey F. Paniati, PE. “Effectively implementing active transportation modes, such as bicycling and walking, can result in improved public health, greater livability and reduced fatalities on our roadways — all key initiatives pursued by ITE’s community of transportation professionals.”

A recent webinar educated viewers on how to use the benchmarking report website and how to apply its information to advocate for bicycling and walking in communities around the nation. Practitioners, advocates, planners and public health professionals have already tapped into the valuable report to support their data-driven decision making.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Highway Administration provided funding for the website. The League of American Bicyclists will maintain it in support of its Active Transportation Leadership Institute and continued biennial Alliance for Biking and Walking benchmarking reports.