About the League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists (the League) was founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen. From its inception it has been a membership organization, working on behalf of its members to improve conditions for people who bike. In the 1880s, the League led the “Good Roads” movement to pave city streets for bicycling, and the League continues to lead the way towards safer, more comfortable bicycling today. The League works with its more than 17,000 individual members, 350-member advocacy organizations, and 6,000 bicycle safety education instructors to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.

The League is proud to continue the work of the Alliance for Biking and Walking by presenting the Sixth Edition of Bicycling and Walking in the United States: A Benchmarking Report. This report is intended to be a guide to publicly available data on bicycling and walking, and the public policy that supports creating a healthy, active America through bicycling and walking. We hope you enjoy the data and discussions in this report.

Report Credits


Ken McLeod, Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists 

Sean Herpolsheimer, Policy Fellow, League of American Bicyclists

Kristin Clarke, President, Clarke Association Content

Kendall Woodard, Graphic Designer


Brian Mckenzie, U.S. Census Bureau

Christopher Douwes, Federal Highway Administration

Christopher Kochtitzky, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dan Suraci, Transpo Consulting

Emiko Atherton, National Complete Streets Coalition

Kristen Henry, America Walks

Mae Hanzlik, Smart Growth America

Matthew Roe, National Association of City Transportation Officials

Niloo Parvinashtiani, Institute of Transportation Engineers

Susan Crotty, National Safety Council

Geoffrey Whitfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Heidi Simon, America Walks

John Pucher, Rutgers University

Kate Fillin-Yeh, National Association of City Transportation Officials

Katherine Robb, American Public Health Association

Ralph Buehler, Virginia Tech

Rich Weaver, American Public Transit Association

Sara Zimmerman, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Steve Lavrenz, Institute of Transportation Engineers

Zachary Smith, American Public Transit Association


Bob Murphy, KCI Technologies Inc.

Jeff Riegner, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP

Karyn Robles, Village of Schaumburg-Illinois Department of Transportation

Michael Petesch, Minnesota Department of Transportation-Office of Transit & Active Transportation

Michael Williams, Michael Williams Company


Andy Clarke, Toole Design Group

Byron Rushing, Atlanta Regional Council

Doris Matsui, U.S. Congresswoman, 6th District, California

Luis Cardona, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Melanie Bowzer, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

Melissa Bopp, College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University

Melody Geraci, Active Transportation Alliance

Principal funding for this report was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Additional funding for this report has been provided by AARP, Toole Design Group, and the League of American Bicyclists.

Copyright ©2018 by the League of American Bicyclists

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