Being active offers immediate benefits like feeling better and sleeping better. It also offers long-term benefits in the form of disease prevention, with research suggesting that meeting federal physical activity guidelines could prevent 1 in 15 cases of heart disease. Physical activity guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week and at least two days of muscle-strengthening activity each week. The ...

“Benchmarking Bike Networks”, a new report released today by the League of American Bicyclists (League), shows the importance of safe bicycle infrastructure and connected bicycle networks in increasing the safety and accessibility of bicycling as a transportation and recreational option. The report’s findings demonstrate why communities around the United States should prioritize building the safest bicycle facilities for appropriate road ...

Each September usually sees the release of the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides the only annual estimate by a federal agency of how much bicycling and walking is happening in the United States. With the Covid-19 pandemic disrupting so many aspects of life, it also disrupted ACS data collection by the Census Bureau. Rather than a normal release of ...

In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists (League) and the Sierra Club published “The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity,” a report highlighting the changing demographics within the bicycling movement. Today, the League is releasing a new report, “Reconnecting to the New Majority,” to update our understanding of demographic trends in bicycling, identify areas of focus to ensure that all people — particularly ...

The Benchmarking Project's data on current state bicycle and pedestrian planning and state traffic laws that promote bicyclist and pedestrian safety have been updated. Under Plans and Policies, updated data and maps are available for: Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian PlansState Complete Street Laws, Policies, and other actionsState Strategic Highway Safety Plans - highlighting approaches to bicycle and pedestrian safety Under ...

The Benchmarking Project's data on the demographics of commuters who bike and walk to work have been updated. On the DEMOGRAPHICS OF ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COMMUTERS page you can find and download data on: Low Income Commuters Walking to WorkLow Income Commuters Taking Transit to WorkCommuters of Color Walking to WorkCommuters of Color Taking Transit to WorkWomen Walking to WorkWomen Biking ...

The Benchmarking Project's data on federal funding for biking and walking have been updated. Data on the use of federal transportation funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows a decrease in funds spent on biking and walking in 2020 compared to 2019. While the overall trend for the last decade broadly shows more federal funds are being used ...

The League of American Bicyclists is dedicated to building a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As part of working with the CDC's Active People, Healthy Nation initiative to get 27 million people more physically active the Benchmarking Project brings public data to monitor progress on bicycling and walking in America. By partnering with AARP's Livable Communities program, the League is ...

The Covid-19 pandemic has shined a harsh light on the danger of underlying conditions that leave people vulnerable to diseases. Many of the underlying conditions associated with poor outcomes, up to and including death, from Covid-19 are chronic conditions that research shows can be addressed through physical activity. Places where people bike and walk to work tend to have higher rates of ...

The following blog post is co-authored and published in partnership with the National Complete Streets Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan alliance of public interest organizations and transportation professionals committed to the development and implementation of Complete Streets policies and practices and a program of Smart Growth America. Transportation policy can take a long time. In 2012, Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Progress ...