Online Program

Benchmarking progress of bicycling and walking across the U.S

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Christy Kwan, Alliance for Biking & Walking, Washington, DC
Introduction: The Benchmarking Report is a biennial report on bicycling and walking in the U.S. that documents trends in bicycling and walking levels, health and safety metrics, policy development, funding priorities, and educational and encouragement activities.

Methods: The Report collects and analyzes data from all 50 states and the 50 most populous U.S. cities. Surveys gather funding levels, staffing capacity, infrastructure build-out, policy adoption, educational programming, and event coordination. We compile data from 21 national sources, including the American Community Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Fatality Analysis Reporting System, and Federal Highway Administration’s Fiscal Management Information System. An advisory committee guide the development of report content. A data review committee of professional and academic researchers provide guidance throughout data collection and analysis processes.

Results: The next release of the report is Spring 2016. Updated results will be uncovered throughout 2015 and a sneak peak will be shared. New components of the report include “Find Your Angle” to help bridge the divide among different disciplines and stakeholders working in physical activity. The report highlights the growth of bicycling and walking across the U.S. and underscore the discrepancy between bicycling and walking levels, fatality rates, and low federal funding priority.

Conclusion: The Benchmarking Report presents national data on bicycling and walking that health professionals and advocates use to strengthen their efforts. The project promotes data collection and availability, illustrates key trends, highlights progress being made, and strengthens the case for a higher priority on funding for bicycling and walking initiatives

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss trends in biking and walking across the U.S. Identify factors in improving the accessibility of biking and walking. Compare progress of biking and walking initiatives across the country.

Keyword(s): Data Collection and Surveillance, Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work directly with active transportation and public health advocates and agency staff and understand the data needs to better work with stakeholders to increase access to bicycling and walking opportunities within communities across the United States. I manage the Benchmarking Project at the Alliance and work with the author to clearly communicate the complex information to various stakeholders of different disciplines.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.