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This is a local bicycle advocacy group for the Chicago area. The site offers an interesting analysis of bicycle level of service (LOS) for roads. It also offers information on Amtrak bicycle policies, as well as local bicycle information and maps.
This organization provides bike tours across the United States. The website also contains bike maps, a list of cycling events and other articles about bicycling.
The Thunderhead Alliance is the national coalition of state and local bicycle advocacy organizations working in unison to break down the barriers to safe bicycling in American communities.
America Bikes is a collaborative effort of bicycle community leaders to advocate for positive outcomes for bicycling in the next federal transportation funding bill. Significant funding for America Bikes is generously provided by Bikes Belong.
The Atlanta Bicycle Campaign is a member-supported organization working for better on-road bicycling conditions in metro-Atlanta. We believe that truly healthy communities welcome bicyclists and provide a safe riding environment. We promote bicycle transportation, responsible recreational riding, and education for bicyclists and motorists alike.
This is a bicycle advocacy organization in Maine. They have a bike education program for school children in which they travel around the state to schools to teach kids about safe bike riding.
Since 1972 the BCGP has been working hard to improve bicycling conditions and promote bicycling as an environmentally friendly, healthy, and economical form of transportation and recreation. The Coalition promotes the bicycle as an environmentally friendly, healthy, and economical form of transportation and recreation through advocacy and education.
Bicycle Colorado’s mission is to encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions, and provide a voice for cyclists in Colorado.
The coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing bicycle access, safety and education in Texas. Formed in 1990 to fight bicycle bans on Texas roads, the TBC has become an internationally recognized voice for bicyclists of all types.
A county-by-county guide to New Jersey’s scenic bicycle paths, multi-use trails, and park roadways.
This link takes you to the New Jersey DOT’s biking page, a great resource if you are looking to ride for recreation or as a commuter in the state.
The Center for Livable Communities is a national initiative of the Local Government Commission (LGC). A nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization of elected officials, city and county staff, and other interested individuals throughout California and other states, the Local Government Commission helps local governments identify and implement solutions to today’s problems.
America’s pedestrian environment has become hostile to the safe travel of all persons, especially those who are blind. This handbook provides a baseline education on visual impaired pedestrian travel and ways of making a positive change.
Bikestation plans, designs and operates bicycle parking facilities in California, Seattle and Washington, DC. All of the facilities offer valet parking for bikes. Facilities are adjacent and associated with transit. The main mission of these facilities is to encourage bicycling as a mode of transportation.
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Program of the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Human and Natural Environment promotes bicycle and pedestrian transportation accessibility, use, and safety.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), an international individual member educational and scientific association, is one of the largest and fastest-growing multimodal professional transportation organizations in the world. ITE members are traffic engineers, transportation planners and other professionals who are responsible for meeting society’s needs for safe and efficient surface transportation through planning, designing, implementing, operating and maintaining surface transportation systems worldwide.
NJ LTAP is a direct, hands-on method for moving innovative transportation technologies out of the lab, off the shelf, and into the hands of the people who maintain our local streets and roads.
PBIC is a national clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement and access and mobility.
PPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities. PPS provides technical assistance, education, and research through programs in parks, plazas and central squares; buildings and civic architecture; transportation; and public markets.
Steve Spindler Cartography designs maps for bicycling, walking and public transportation and offer both printed and online maps of bike routes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York as well as other location. The site also contains an extensive database about taking bikes on public transit; nearly transportation agencies that allow bikes on board are listed. Many of these listings contain direct links to agency websites describing their bicycle policies.
Urban Advantage creates visions of pedestrian-friendly, socially-interactive communities by transforming photographs with photo-editing software. The results are photo-realistic visualizations that make development visions palpably real and understandable. We help cities, community groups, non-profit organizations, developers, property owners, and transit agencies effectively communicate possibilities.
Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, contributes to the prevention of childhood obesity in low-income and high-risk racial/ethnic communities by supporting research to examine how environments and policies influence active living for children and their families.
America on the Move is a national initiative dedicated to helping individuals and communities across our nation make positive changes to improve health and quality of life. By focusing on individuals and communities AOM strives to support healthy eating and active living habits in our society.
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit organization that promotes health (broadly defined) through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. Founded in 1996, we are a growing network of over 2,000 communities and campuses across North America and increasingly the world that are collaborating to promote health through service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions and other partnership strategies. These partnerships are powerful tools for improving higher education, civic engagement and the overall health of communities.
My Name is Steve Vaught, (born Stephen James Liller in Youngstown, Ohio). I am a 39 year old, happily married father of two great kids and I have a pretty good life here in Southern California. You would think that I would be happy because of these things, but I am not. I am not happy because I am fat and being fat makes every day unhappy. I am going to walk across the United States from San Diego to NYC to lose weight and regain my life!
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity’s mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.
The National Diabetes Education Program is a federally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes over 200 partners at the federal, state, and local levels, working together to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with diabetes by changing the way diabetes is treated.
The New Jersey Comprehensive Health Education and Physical Education Framework is a resource and guide for educational communities as they restructure schools to align existing health and physical education curriculum with the Core Curriculum Content Standards. The Standards describe what students should know and be able to do by the end of their K-12 educational experience in New Jersey’s public schools. Ultimately, the Standards seek to develop citizens who are health literate and physically educated, individuals who take responsibility for their own health and promote the health of their families and communities.
Working in the United Kingdom, Sustrans provides creative, innovative and practical solutions to the transport challenges affecting us all. By working with communities, local authorities and many other organisations, we create change by putting people at the heart of activities, enabling many more people to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment.
The NJ Bike & Walk Coalition is non-profit organization working to make New Jersey a better place to live through safer, more enjoyable ways to bicycle and walk. It works to: 1) protect the rights and safety of New Jersey cyclists and walkers; 2) promote cycling and walking for fun, fitness and transportation; 3) educate cyclists, walkers and drivers about our rights and responsibilities; and 4) connect our communities with a smarter transportation system.
The East Coast Greenway will be the nation’s first long-distance, city-to-city, multi-modal transportation corridor for cyclists, hikers, and other non-motorized users. ECG’s goal is to connect existing and planned trails that are locally owned and managed to form a continuous, safe, green route. The New Jersey portion of the Greenway, when complete, will cover 92 miles between Pennsylvania and New York.
The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is over 20 miles of multipurpose, recreational trails that run through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships. The trail helps provide an active and liveable community with opportunities for recreation, health and fitness, transportation, and outdoor education.
The New Jersey Trails Plan Update addresses and analyzes key issues related to trails development and the State Trails System, establishes a vision for New Jersey’s trails, and recommends strategies and actions required to move toward that vision.
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a federation of more than 85 hiking and environmental organizations and 10,000 individuals dedicated to building and maintaining marked hiking trails and protecting related open space in the bi-state region. Our constituent clubs have a combined membership of over 100,000.
PA Greenways Clearinghouse is an initiative of Pennsylvania’s Greenways Program, a partnership of government, non-profit organizations and citizens from around the state, with leadership from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
America Walks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that leads a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Our members are autonomous grassroots organizations from across the country, each working to improve conditions for walking in their area. Its mission is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups, to educate the public about the benefits of walking, and, when appropriate, to act as a collective voice for walking advocates.
The mission of APBP is to ensure excellence in the emerging profession of pedestrian and bicycle professionals. This website contains the membership application.
Official site for the CDC’s kids walk-to-school program. The site contains information and brochures about promoting this program in individual communities.
International Walk to School Day (iWalk) is the official website of International Walk to School Week. Walk to School Day events encourage a more walkable world—one community at a time.
The USA website for International Walk to School Week and for promoting safe walking and bicycling to school throughout the year.
Here you will find the NJDOT’s Pedestrian Safety page, where you can learn more about Pedestrian Safety in the state, and what the DOT has been doing to improve mobility for residents.
With a focus on improving and enhancing walking in northern and central New Jersey, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) since 2006 has conducted a series of half-day “Walkable Community” workshops. The workshops are held in the 13 counties within the NJTPA region, plus the cities of Newark and Jersey City. Workshop reports are available.
This is a company website for a firm that makes products for Intelligent Transportation Systems. They have a section dealing with pedestrian products, especially those products that can potentially aid disabled pedestrians.
Perils for Pedestrians is a monthly television series promoting awareness of issues affecting the safety of people who walk and bicycle. It interviews advocates and government planners about problems such as missing sidewalks and crosswalks, dangerous intersections, speeding traffic, and obstacles to wheelchair users and people with disabilities; and solutions to such problems. Perils for Pedestrians appears on public access cable stations in many cities across the United States and is also webcast.
VERB™ It’s what you do was a national, multicultural, social marketing campaign coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Social marketing campaigns apply commercial marketing strategies to influence the voluntary behavior of target audiences to improve personal and social welfare. The campaign ran from 2002-2006.
The Walking School Bus Information Website hosted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and maintained by International Walk to School Day. A walking school bus provides children with a safe and healthy mode of transportation to school. The idea is simple. The designated adult supervisor picks up each student, house by house, on foot. The group of students walks to school together along a set route, all the while enjoying fresh air, exercise and friendly conversation.
AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail and water. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.
APA is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society.
The Arizona DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program site is designed to provide a wide variety of resources and information about biking and walking in Arizona, including places to bike and walk, how to integrate biking and walking into your commute, important laws and policies, safety issues, maps, and organizations.
CDC’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public’s health and preventing and controlling chronic diseases.
The Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) is the metropolitan planning organization for northeastern Illinois. CATS develops the region’s long-range transportation plan and provides technical assistance to communities and public agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. CATS recognizes the important roles walking and biking play in addressing the region’s transportation challenges. These web pages describe pedestrian and bicycle-related planning activities, resources and events–information planners, engineers, and advocates can use to improve the walking and cycling environments in northeastern Illinois.
A wide open, world-wide, totally independent non-government forum on the Internet serving people and groups concerned with improving our understanding and control of technology as it impacts on people in their daily lives. This site provides various forums, some of which include World Car Free Day, World Car Share Day, and Children Move. It is somewhat confusing to use.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region – leading the way to a better future. DVRPC is dedicated to uniting the region’s elected officials, planning professionals and the public with a common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way people live, work and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment and enhancing the economy. DVRPC serves a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer in New Jersey.
The Forsyth County Bicycle Transportation and Pedestrian Walkways Plan has been developed to address and plan for increased bicycle and pedestrian facilities in and around Forsyth County. The Forsyth County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was developed by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, which consisted of countywide representatives, nonprofit representatives and private sector organizations.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under the U.S. Department of Transportation, was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 to carry out safety programs under Title 49 of the U. S. Code in Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety. NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes.
The Division of Family Health Services administers programs that enhance the health, safety and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey.
The mission of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety is to reduce fatalities, injuries and property damage on the roads of New Jersey resulting from traffic crashes. To achieve its mission, the Division undertakes traffic safety programs relating to Education, Enforcement, and Engineering.
NJDOT’s website for information about bicycling and walking in New Jersey. Organization/Sponsor: New Jersey Department of Transportation.
NJ TRANSIT is New Jersey’s public transportation corporation. Its mission is to provide safe, reliable, convenient and cost-effective transit service with a skilled team of employees, dedicated to our customers’ needs and committed to excellence.
The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority is the federally authorized Metropolitan Planning Organization for 6 million people in the 13-county northern New Jersey region. Each year, the NJTPA oversees more than $2 billion in transportation improvement projects and provides a forum for interagency cooperation and public input into funding decisions. It also sponsors and conducts studies, assists county planning agencies and monitors compliance with national air quality goals.
The Oregon Pedestrian and Bicycle Program provides direction to ODOT in establishing pedestrian and bicycle facilities on state highways. The ODOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program also provide support to local governments, governmental and non-governmental organizations and private citizens, in planning, designing and constructing pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey manages and maintains the bridges, tunnels, bus terminals, airports, PATH and seaport that are critical to the bi-state region’s trade and transportation capabilities.
In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN). The Network was formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality. The Network’s partners include environmental groups, historic preservation organizations, professional organizations, developers, real estate interests; local and state government entities.
The South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization is the Metropolitan Planning Organization serving Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties in South Jersey.
The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a diverse, nationwide coalition working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices that enhance the economy, improve public health, promote social equity, and protect the environment. The site contains news, published information, and information pertaining to what the project is.
TMA Council of NJ (TMAC NJ) is comprised of the Executive Directors of New Jersey’s eight Transportation Management Associations. TMAs are non-profit organizations that work with businesses, commuters, county and local governments, and state agencies to implement programs that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Funding for the TMAs is provided, in part, by the Federal Highway administration through NJDOT and also by NJ TRANSIT.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign was formed as a response to mounting economic and environmental costs of automobile and truck dependence, including the destruction of open space by highway-driven sprawl development in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metro area.
Walkable Communities, Inc. is a non-profit corporation, established in the state of Florida in 1996. It was organized for the express purposes of helping whole communities, whether they are large cities or small towns, or parts of communities, i.e. neighborhoods, business districts, parks, school districts, subdivisions, specific roadway corridors, etc., become more walkable and pedestrian friendly.
This is one of the best sites available for pedestrian information. Numerous pages of information are available on pedestrian and bicycle policies and practices in Washington State, Oregon, and the rest of the nation. Sections of information include: Planning, Safety, Mobility, Design and Maintenance, and policies for school children. Each section contains a wealth of information along with downloadable documents. This site also has a large number of useful links to other websites.
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI) offers a wealth of papers on various subjects dealing with transportation. Along with papers on pedestrian and bicycle issues, this website also offers papers on other subjects such as: problem solving, evaluating impacts and problems, solutions, optimal pricing, automobile dependency and transportation diversity, sustainable transportation, land use and parking management, public transit, transportation equity, and humor. There is also an extensive list of transportation planning links, with a section of links devoted to pedestrians and bicycles.
Metro-Atlanta’s Safe Routes to School Project’s Spanish language pedestrian safety video.
Canada’s Green Communities Active & Safe Routes to School is a comprehensive community-based initiative that taps into the increasingly urgent demand for safe, walkable neighbourhoods. Active & Safe Routes to School promotes the use of active and efficient transportation for the daily trip to school, addressing health and traffic safety issues while taking action on air pollution and climate change.
This planner provides a variety of materials for parents and other caregivers, teachers, safety advocates, and other concerned adults to use to teach and/or reinforce children’s pedestrian, bicycle, and school bus or public transportation safety habits. It also provides the latest information about International Walk to School events, which are taking place during the entire month of October.
Safe Kids USA is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids USA educates families, provide safety devices to families in need and advocate for better laws to help keep children safe, healthy and out of the emergency room.
This site contains a number of links and helpful information about safe routes to school programs within the United Kingdom and Europe as well as information on the health benefits associated with walking.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition has been a leader in the Safe Routes to Schools movement for six years. Safe Routes to Schools is designed to increase the number of children walking and biking to school. A SR2S program integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness and safety under one program. It is an opportunity to work closely with your school, your community and your local government to create a healthy lifestyle for children and a safer and cleaner environment for everyone.
Morris County New Jersey’s SRTS program has proved successful after its first pilot was completed in Wharton Borough. This site contains many guidance documents as well as report on results.
A product of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 3-62, Guidelines for Accessible Pedestrian Signals, the site provides a straight forward guide to the rules and requirements of accessible pedestrian signals.
This site is the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Research and Technology Web site portal, which provides access to or information about the Agency’s R&T program, projects, partnerships, publications, and results. It was formerly known as the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC).
The Office of Safety is a strong advocate and champion for highway safety within the FHWA. The Office of Safety’s mission is to provide national leadership and advocacy in the development and implementation of strategies and programs to continuously reduce the number and severity of highway crashes on the Nation’s highways, streets, facilities and intermodal connections.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provides a good amount of information and statistics about transportation-related fatalities and safety issues. Data is organized by topic including bicycles and pedestrians.
It Can Wait educates on the dangers of texting while driving and invites users to pledge to never text and drive.
The goal of the KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® campaign is to get communities to organize around promoting lower speeds on residential streets through design, law enforcement, and signage. The site offers a variety of products and signs for sale aimed towards getting this message out.
This 1997 report by Brian Cohen and Richard Wiles explores how investment in U.S. roads has failed to ensure pedestrian safety. The report ranks American cities in terms of pedestrian safety and features pedestrian safety statistics for each state.
NHTSA’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. The site provides access to pedestrian and bicycle safety programs and research, including that specifically designed for children and older adults.
The Police Traffic Officers Association assists police officers engaged in the various areas of traffic safety.
Creative Communities offers a unique and rather unorthodox approach to traffic calming ideas and strategies. It also offers a number of publications and videos for sale to promote these ideas. Some of these ideas are quite clever and could have the potential to be more effective than traditional measures in some situations.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Traffic Calming Library contains a searchable database of reports, articles and other documents related to traffic calming. The Traffic Calming web site was developed by the Institute of Transportation Engineers with financial support from the Federal Highway Administration in the interest of information exchange.
This website allows access to the PDF format of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
This site serves as a practical guide to traffic calming and neighborhood traffic management, including: International and US history; a toolbox of calming devices; measured results from traffic calming; and current programs around the world.
Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Instead of fighting for better streets block by block, the National Complete Streets Coalition seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel, and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed. Complete Streets policies direct transportation planners and engineers to consistently design with all users in mind, in line with the elements of Complete Streets policies.
The National Transit Institute, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was established under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 to develop, promote, and deliver training and education programs for the public transit industry.
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