Commuting via biking and walking is good for your health and good for the planet. The Alliance for Biking & Walking is a nonprofit organization designed to improve conditions for bicycles and walkers and encourage people to travel more on foot or via bicycle. Recently, the Alliance published its 2014 Benchmarking Report, which is a complication of data and research on both walking and bicycling across all 50 states.
The report is important because it sheds light and on where people are walking and biking the most; as well as on how various factors affect the rate of pedalcyclist or pedestrian accidents. An experienced Asheboro, NC accident lawyer can assist riders or walkers who suffer an injury in a motor vehicle collision and can represent family members of those killed in collisions.
Facts about Bicycling and Walking
According to the benchmarking report on biking and walking:
- From 2000 to 2010, there was a 5.9 percent increase in the populations of the average large American cities. For the most part, budgets did not increase during this time and nor did landmass. This has resulted in more crowded roads and a slight uptick in the number of people who bike and walk to work, perhaps to escape traffic. In 2006, for example, 2.5 percent of commuters nationwide walked while this number was up to 2.8 percent in 2012. The number of commuters who bicycle nationwide also increased from .4 percent to .6 percent.
- Areas where there are more bicyclists and more pedestrians actually have lower deaths among these road users. This can be explained by the fact that drivers are much more likely to drive carefully when there are a lot of bicyclists and pedestrians around as compared to when the motorist may not be expecting riders or walkers.
- People tend to be more likely to walk if a city has a strong biking and walking advocacy. This, too, makes a lot of sense. A city commitment to bicycling and walking means there is a greater chance the infrastructure will be there. Sidewalks and bike lanes can go a long way in making sure people feel they can walk to work or to run errands.
- People tend to be healthier in states where more people walk and bike. Bicycling and walking can help you to meet daily recommendations for physical activity. However, it is important to avoid high-traffic areas when possible because of the risks of drivers causing collisions.
- Biking and walking fatality rates are seeing a recent uptick. Despite the fact that fatalities had been decreasing for decades, there has now been a rise in the number of deaths in the past several year.
- More cities are committing to plans to boost biking and walking levels and to help people get healthier through encouraging physical activity. North Carolina, for example, has committed to a plan to increase walking and biking as well as to decrease fatalities. South Carolina has only contributed to decreasing deaths from pedestrians and riders.
These are just some of the important things to consider when deciding if bicycling or walking can become a part of your commute.
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