Benchmarking report: Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.

2007 Benchmarking Report Main Findings from 2007 Benchmarking Report: 1. A positive relationship exists between the built environment and levels of biking and walking. 2. Where levels of biking and walking are higher, bicycle and pedestrian safety is greater. 3. Cities with strong Thunderhead organizations generally have high levels of biking and walking. 4. Higher levels of biking and walking coincide with lower levels of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes and higher levels of adults meeting recommended levels of daily physical activity. This suggests that increased biking and walking would contribute to a healthier society. 5. Data revealed that while some cities and states lead others as models for bicycle and pedestrian policies and provisions, all states and cities have a need for improvement.
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