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Friday, May 11, 2012

Overwhelming Support for Bike/Ped Funding

Today at a press conference on Capitol Hill, America Bikes announced the findings of a recent Princeton survey, which shows that more than 80 percent of Americans favor maintaining or increasing federal funding for sidewalks and bike lanes.

For more information on the survey and to download the results, visit the America Bikes website.

The survey results are astounding - and bipartisan:  

  • 83 percent of all respondents support maintaining or growing federal funding for sidewalks, bikeways, and bike paths.
  • 80 percent of Republican respondents and 88 percent of Democrat respondents think Congress should maintain or increase federal funds for biking and walking.
  • 85 percent of Northeastern respondents, 79 percent of Midwesterners, 84 percent of Southerners, and 84 percent of respondents from Western states reported support for maintaining or increasing funding for sidewalks and bikeways.
  • 91 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 support continuing or increasing biking and walking funds.
These survey results add critical perspective to a pressing national debate about transportation, especially as some members of Congress propose eliminating dedicated funding for biking and walking. Our movement has been saying that people want safe places to bike and walk, and this survey supports that claim. Please share the survey results with local media, elected officials and partners.

If you have questions, contact Mary Lauran Hall at

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