People Powered Transportation

Published 01/23 2012 06:08PM

Updated 01/23 2012 06:14PM

    Illinois ranks 23rd in the country for pedestrian safety and 45th in per capita funding for biking and walking according to a new study.
    "Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2012 Benchmarking Report," was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and made possible through additional support from AARP and Planet Bike. The report was released by the Alliance for Biking and Walking.
    The report shows while 3.8% of work trips are by bike or foot, bicyclists and pedestrians account for 15.1% of traffic fatalities in the state. It also documents Illinois' expenditure of federal transportation dollars on biking and walking to less than 1% or just $1.02/person.
    Central Illinois communities, Champaign and Urbana, joined UI in improving infrastructure and safety for pedestrians and cyclists by adopting bike plans. Urbana and the UI were recognized as a "Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community" and "University" respectively.
    Both cities have adopted "Complete Streets" policies as well, calling for upgrades to existing streets and new construction to include proper infrastructure for walking, biking and transit.
    The efforts have led to an increase in people-powered modes of transportation while providing for a decrease in the purchase of parking permits.

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