The Case for Active Transportation, by the Numbers
makes the report notable are the numbers it contains. It’s jam-packed
with quantifiable benefits that would result from increased investment
in infrastructure that encourages and supports pedestrians and
For instance, the report’s authors write:
the bicycle and pedestrian share of trips of one mile or less from
currently 31 percent to 40 percent under a Modest Scenario, and to 70
percent under a Substantial scenario, would result in 28 billion or 49
billion miles driven avoided, respectively.
increases in bicycling and walking for short trips could provide enough
exercise for 50 million inactive Americans to meet recommended activity
levels, erasing a sizeable chunk of America’s activity deficit.
the price of a single mile of a four-lane urban highway, approximately
$50 million, hundreds of miles of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
can be built, an investment that could complete an entire network of
active transportation facilities for a mid-sized city.
financial value of improved mobility, fuel savings, greenhouse gas
reductions, and health care savings amounts to more than $10 billion
annually under our Modest Scenario. For the Substantial Scenario,
benefits would add up to more than $65 billion every year. These
benefits dwarf historic spending for bicycling and walking, which was
$453 million per year for 2005–2007 under SAFETEA-LU, and a mere $4.5
billion cumulative federal investment in these modes since 1992, when
bicycling and walking first received documentable federal funding.