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The case for public investment in bicycling is getting stronger every day, as advocacy and peer reviewed literature expands our understanding of the relationships between infrastructure, bicycling activity, economics, and public health.
Planners, policy makers, and engineers around the country are increasingly recognizing that mode shift towards bicycling conveys individual as well as community benefits such as increased safety for all road users, improved air quality, savings on roadway construction and maintenance, and revitalized neighborhoods. As local interest in bicycling grows, some communities are developing bicycle master plans.
This PAS Memo article summarizes some of the recent research on the benefits of bicycling and provides guidance to planners on developing bicycle master plans.
About the Authors
Drusilla Van Hengel