This editable PowerPoint presentation can be used to make the economic case for bicycling in your community.
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How is my state spending its share of federal transportation funds? How much is my community investing in bicycling and walking? These common questions can be difficult to answer. Data on federal funding is valuable in understanding the range of programs that fund bicycle and pedestrian projects -- and whether your state currently utilizes federal funding programs effectively. To help you in identifying the role of federal dollars in your community, Advocacy Advance compiled this list of key data sources.
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Lawmakers and key decision-makers want to know how investments in bicycling infrastructure are going to pay off – literally; this report shows what economic returns communities across the country have already experienced.
2012 Updated Report
2009 Report, PDF Version or the Fact Sheet.
To provide clarity and inspiration for bicycle advocates, this report includes campaign guidelines for 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s and biking- and walking-related examples of candidate surveys, candidate forums, legislative score cards and more. Click here to download the report.
This report outlines best practices for advocates and agency staff who are looking to establish an effective BPAC in their community, including how to create the group and how to emulate successes of effective BPACs from coast to coast. Click here to download the report.
ABCs of MAP-21
The first of the Navigating MAP-21 webinar series, this session explained the basics of the new law, what it means for bicyclists and how we can harness the opportunities to fund biking and walking projects and programs. Presented by Caron Whitaker, campaign manager for America Bikes; Randy Neufeld, director of SRAM Cycling Fund; and Darren Flusche, policy director for the League of American Bicyclists and Advocacy Advance. Click here to download the recording.
Steps statewide advocacy organizations have taken to improve the project selection processes for federal funding programs.
State and Region Funding Profiles
These funding profiles detail the regional processes and policies in place for federal funding sources. They answer the who, what, where and how for each source.
2010 American Community Survey
Find your city and see how bicycling ranks in your town compared to the country's largest cities and communities.
Why "Eligibility" Isn't Enough
Representative John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, recently introduced an outline of his proposed transportation bill. The proposal eliminates all dedicated funding for bicycling and walking -- programs such as transportation enhancements, recreational trails and safe routes to schools program -- and maintains "eligibility" for these activities only if states choose to spend their funds on these kinds of activities and these meet [undetermined] performance measures and are in the national interest.
Fair Share for Safety
This report examines some of the states that have successfully dedicated federal safety funds to reduce
bicycle and pedestrian fatalities and crashes.
Case Studies Report (including State Strategic Highway Safety Plan emphasis areas list)
This sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions about rescissions, including what they are, what’s at stake for bicycle and pedestrian projects and what you might hear from your state DOT. Download PDF.
An update to the 2010 report on rescissions, this April 2011 report explains the rescissions process, the importance of proportionality and outlines how advocates can work to make sure state DOTs are making the most of key funding sources for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Download PDF.
is an analysis of the August 13, 2010 FY 2010 Rescission of Federal-aid Highway Funds from TE and CMAQ.
Bikes on Bridges
Bridges are extremely important to bicyclists. They are critical to overcoming the barriers to cycling. Learn how to get bikes on bridges from successful advocacy campaigns.
Here's the PDF of the report.
For a list of interstate bridges with bicycle accommodations, click here for the pdf or view the web page here.
Climate Change and Bicycling
Climate Action Plans are strategic and comprehensive tools that work to combat climate change by reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. They are being written and implemented by cities, states, and universities in lieu of aggressive federal action. Policymakers are increasingly turning to promoting bicycling as a way to meet GHG reduction targets. Here's the PDF of the report.
Ready to Rumble?
Rumble strips are increasingly common on popular rural bicycling routes; this report discusses the problem and provides best practices for bicycle-tolerable rumble strips that advocates should encourage their state DOTs to follow.
Here's the PDF of the report.
In May 2011, the FHWA quietly distributed a new Technical Advisory (guidance) to district offices and state DOTs on the installation of rumble strips. Unfortunately, the new FHWA guidance on the installation of both shoulder and centerline rumble strips is significantly worse for bicyclists than the 2001 guidance. We have submitted specific points the bicycling community wants added to the guidance. Here is the revised guidance.
The Importance of Bike/Ped Staff
This analysis shows the strong correlation between large bicycle and pedestrian staffs and bicycling friendly outcomes such as Bicycle Friendly Community status and high bike commuter levels. Here's the PDF of the report.
How to make sure state DOTs are making the most of key funding sources for bicycle and pedestrian projects; includes a brief explanation of important terminology relating to federal rescissions. Here's the PDF of the report.
Let's End Distracted Driving!
A guide to distracted driving campaigns; includes statistics on the risks of distracted driving, stories from successful campaigns, and sample legislation. Read Full Digital Report, PDF Version or the Fact Sheet.
Find the Funding Source
There eight common federal funding sources for bicycle and pedestrian projects and another eight that are sometimes used; this table assembled by America Bikes answers basic questions about each to help you determine the best funding source for your proposed project. Download PDF here.
Federal Funding for Safety Programs
Section 402 funds can be used for bicycle and pedestrian safety programs, but they have mostly gone untapped; this report explains how to access these funds. Read Full Digital Report or PDF Version.
Funding for Safety Infrastructure
Millions of HSIP dollars have gone unspent in recent years; learn how to take advantage of this underused program for bicycle and pedestrian safety infrastructure projects. Read Full Digital Report or PDF Version
Cleaner Air for Your Community
Biking and walking are clean forms of transportation; find out about one of the most common federal funding sources for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects and programs. Read PDF Version.
REQUEST FOR STORIES
Some MPOs and states readily fund bicycle and pedestrian projects and others stack the deck against them. If you have faced resistance from MPOs or success stories to share, contact Darren Flusche at email@example.com.
Bike Commuter Statistics
More and more people are riding their bikes to work every year; read about the latest trends and find out how your city and state stack up. Read Full Digital Report, PDF Version, and see the commuter trends for the 70 largest U.S. cities here.
2009 Short Trip Analysis
Half of all trips are 3 miles or less, yet the majority (72 percent) are made by car.
Learn more about short trips in this Fact Sheet.
State Bike Summit Guide
Whether organizing the state's first summit or re-energizing your existing event, this guide shares some of the ideas, lessons and best practices that have come from the National Bike Summit, as well as model state events. Download the pdf or view the digital version of the guide.
About Advocacy Advance
Advocacy Advance is a partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking to research issues critical to the bicycling community. The Advocacy Advance Team has created a series of reports to help Alliance member organizations access Federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.