This report has been doing the rounds at work this morning: http://www.railstotrails.org/whatwed...TFA/index.html
Although entirely centred around US policy, a great deal of the research is also useful in a UK context, which as usual finds itself somewhere in-between our English speaking American cousins and our European neighbours when it comes to the numbers, in this case of people walking and cycling. Its arguments are not too surprising; cycling and walking infrastructure is very cheap compared to large scale highway projects for example, and walking and cycling help to tackle obesity as another.
But some of it includes data i haven't seen before, for example there's a great diagram of accessibility within 10 minutes to transit stops in Washington DC, the 10 minute band from stops expands by 16X by cycling. There's some good comparative stuff between the US (a cycling modal share of 1%?!) and some European cities (where its around 20%) and the difference between states with high obesity rates and those with lower rates.
So i have to admit that i'm curious, and admit that i didn't realise just how bad America was with walking and cycling... so do you think that cycling and walking are realistic alternatives for your cities / towns?
Where do you think investment in walking and cycling will work? For example, might it work well in small towns and large cities, but not in-between?
How seriously do you take walking and cycling as a travel choice in your area?
Anyway i strongly recommend reading the report.