Six lessons for Portland from the League’s new ‘Women Bike’ report

Common, but not quite common enough.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) Even in Portland, people who really ought to know better (links to FB) still claim now and then that biking is a thing for young dudes. Still, in a town where only 31 percent of people on bikes tend to be female (it’s about 25 percent … Read more

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Outdoor Industry report says recreational cycling pumps $81 billion into U.S. economy each year

“Americans spend more on bicycling gear and trips ($81 billion) than they do on airplane tickets ($51 billion).”—The Outdoor Recreation Economy, 2012 The Outdoor Industry Association just released their annual report on The Outdoor Recreation Economy. The report looks at spending on gear and travel for all the major outdoor activities and also calculates the … Read more

Metro report: Road carnage costs region more than congestion

Arterials kill. Using ODOT traffic crash data and their own data on transportation infrastructure Metro’s State of Safety report has found that roadway collisions cost our region $958 million a year — that’s significantly more than congestion. The report also lays bare one of the nagging issues for local transportation planners and a central theme … Read more

The state of cycling: Alliance for Biking & Walking releases ‘2012 Benchmarking Report’

Cover of the report The Alliance for Biking & Walking, a non-profit coalition made up of 180 member organizations across the country, released its 2012 Benchmarking Report today. Full of statistics and charts, the 243 page report provides a window into our nation’s progress in promoting non-motorized transportation; and the numbers — on everything from … Read more

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New report shows regional paths are key bicycle transportation corridors

The Waterfront path is the busiest in the entire region.(Photo © J. Maus) Metro has released its “2011 Trail Use Snapshot” report. The report (PDF here) is an analysis of local trail usage data complied by the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project from 2008 to 2010. Among the 25 multi-use paths (I prefer that … Read more

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Report: U.S. lags way behind other countries in reducing traffic deaths

Study says U.S. traffic officials are too willing to accept the carnage.(Photo: Oregon State Police) A landmark, 186-page special report by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) published this week delivers a critique of U.S. traffic safety efforts and says that we have fallen way behind in saving lives relative to other nations. The report, Achieving … Read more

In Wisconsin, bicycling contributes $1.5 billion to economy

Cycle Oregon participants doing their part for Oregon’s economy.(Photo © J. Maus) Portland and Oregon’s bike economy has gotten a lot of play in the media and in advocacy circles, but the size of our bike economy is peanuts compared to Wisconsin’s. According to a study released today by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, bike-related tourism … Read more

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New report: People on bike, foot are at risk due to lack of investment

Show me the money. On the same day President Obama announced $8 billion for high speed rail and “the largest investment in infrastructure since the Interstate Highway System,” a report released today by the non-profit Alliance for Biking and Walking (formerly known as the Thunderhead Alliance) shows that in almost every state and major U.S. … Read more