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4 Fascinating Facts about Bicycling and Walking

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Date: Apr 16, 2014 10:07 AM
Subject: 4 Fascinating Facts about Bicycling and Walking
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Dear Daniel, 


How does your state stack up on bicycling and walking? 


Today, we are releasing Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2014 Benchmarking Report, a massive compendium of data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states, the 52 largest U.S. cities, and a select number of midsized cities. 


The Alliance produces the Benchmarking Report every two years in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Community Design Initiative. The report comprehensively examines bicycling and walking transportation across the U.S. and how these trends relate to public health, safety, and social and economic well being.


There's a TON of really fascinating data in this year's Alliance Benchmarking Report. See for yourself: download the 2014 Benchmarking Report.




For a sneak peek, check out four of the most fascinating facts from the report below.



1. We're seeing small but steady increases in the number of people biking and walking to work.


The average large American city experienced a 5.9% increase in population from 2000 to 2010 without comparable increases in land mass, and budgets are tight across the board. Both of these factors point to a need to find cost-effective modes of transportation that move people without taking up more space.  




2. There are lower bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities where there are more people are biking and walking.


There is safety in numbers. 


In the graph below, orange dots represent pedestrian fatality rates -- i.e., the number of people who have died while walking as a portion of the number of people who walk to work. The grey line indicates the percentage of the population who bikes to work, and the green line shows correlation between the two.



3. More people tend to bike or walk to work when a city has strong biking and walking advocacy. 


In 1996, there were just a handful of state and local biking and walking advocacy organizations and only 10 full time staff working on these issues. Now, there are over 230 state and local biking and walking advocacy groups and over 500 full time staff. 


A growing number of concerned citizens are organizing for safer, more accessible streets for walking and bicycling. 


And there is a positive correlation between the number of people who bike and walk to work in a city and the incomes and staff sizes of those cities' biking & walking advocacy organizations:




4. A large percentage of commuters bike and walk to work in Alaska, Oregon, Montana, New York, and Vermont. 


Not so much in South Carolina, Atlanta, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. 


Here's a map of bicycling and walking levels by state across the country: 




Think this is interesting? Download your copy of the 2014 Benchmarking Report here.





Mary Lauran Hall

Communications Director

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Ontario Is Officially Coal-Free; Kansas RPS Survives Attack, For Now

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Kansas Renewables Mandate Survives Yet Another Attack, But Is It Too Early To Celebrate?
on 15 Apr 2014 by Joseph Bebon
The gloves have come off in Kansas, where a band of legislators and several anti-mandate groups are pushing to repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Recently, the state Senate approved a measure to do away with the clean energy mandate, but the House ultimately rejected the effort. Nonetheless, this [read more]
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on 15 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
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Twelve States Produced 80% Of U.S. Wind Power In 2013, Says EIA Report
on 15 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80% of U.S. wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data released in the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) March Electric Power Monthly report. The EIA says Texas was again the top wind power state with nearly 36 million MWh of electricity. Iowa was second, [read more]
Akuo Chooses GE Turbines For Texas Wind Project
on 15 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
French developer Akuo Energy has announced that its Chicago-based subsidiary, Akuo Energy USA, has selected 56 GE 1.7-103 wind turbines to power its Rocksprings Phase I wind farm in Val Verde County, Texas. In addition to a turbine supply deal, Akuo Energy USA and GE have entered into a full [read more]


Siemens Receives Order For BorWin3 North Sea Grid Connection
on 15 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
In consortium with contractor Petrofac, Siemens has won an order from TenneT for the 900 MW BorWin3 offshore wind grid connection in the North Sea. Under the deal, Siemens will supply high-voltage direct-current transmission (HVDC) transmission technology, including converters and transformers, and Petrofac will be responsible for the construction and [read more]
Samsung And Pattern Complete Ontario's Largest Wind Project
on 14 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group Inc. have flipped the switch on their 270 MW South Kent project in Ontario, making it the largest wind farm in Ontario and one of the biggest in Canada. "South Kent Wind is our first in a series of wind projects in [read more]
Siemens Canada Enters 23 MW Wind Deal In Saskatchewan
on 14 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Siemens Canada has won a 23 MW order from Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. for the Morse wind project, located in southern Saskatchewan. Siemens will supply, deliver and commission 10 direct-drive SWT-2.3-113 turbines for the project, and the deal also includes a 10-year service and maintenance agreement. Construction is slated [read more]


LM Wind Power Sees Revenue Drop In 2013, Cites Challenging Market
on 14 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Danish blade manufacturer LM Wind Power experienced some financial declines in 2013, with full-year revenue reaching EUR 488 million versus EUR 687 million in 2012. Furthermore, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization equaled EUR 64 million versus EUR 69 million in the prior year. In a company report, LM [read more]
Regulators Seek Comment On Proposed Southline Transmission Project
on 14 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) have issued a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Southline Transmission Project, a proposed 360-mile transmission line that would run across southern New Mexico and southern Arizona. According to Southline Transmission LLC, a subsidiary of Hunt [read more]
CalWEA Says 50% Renewables Target In California Is Possible, Affordable
on 11 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
A recent study performed for California's five major utilities by the research firm Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) provides a roadmap for achieving 50% renewable energy by 2030 in the state with a relatively modest 2% impact on rates, or less, according to an analysis of the report by the [read more]


Prowind Canada Chooses Senvion Turbines For Community Wind Farm
on 11 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Prowind Canada, in partnership with the Oxford Community Energy Co-op (OCEC), has signed a contract with Senvion for the delivery of 10 MM92 turbines on 100-meter towers for the Gunn's Hill Wind Farm. The 18 MW community wind project will be located in the Township of Norwich, close to Woodstock, [read more]
German Wind Data Management Company Enters U.S. Market
on 11 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
EWC Weather Consult GmbH, a German weather service provider, plans to enter the U.S. market and present its wind and weather data management solutions to wind power developers in the country. The company plans to launch its "measure correlate predict" process for wind measurements along with a simulation tool for [read more]
Vattenfall Installs First Turbine At 288 MW Offshore Project
on 11 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Vattenfall has celebrated a project milestone, having installed the first turbine at the 288 MW DanTysk offshore wind farm. Located in the German North Sea, the project will feature a total of 80 Siemens 3.6 MW wind turbines, and Vattenfall says it expects to complete all installations by year-end, with [read more]
CWind Nets Two-Year Offshore Contract Renewal With Siemens
on 11 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
CWind, a U.K.-based offshore wind services company, has won a renewal of its contract to provide turbine technician services to Siemens. Over the next two years, CWind will be providing turbine technicians for the offshore installation of Siemens turbines during the construction of a number of U.K. offshore wind farms. [read more]
Houston METRO Offsetting Electricity Use With Renewable Energy
on 11 Apr 2014 by NAW Staff
Retail electricity provider GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA has signed a deal to supply the Houston METRO with renewable energy certificates (RECs). Under the agreement, the authority will offset 20% of its electricity consumption by purchasing RECs from GDF, which, in turn, will provide 6,232 RECs to offset another 5%. [read more]

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