New report, interesting read.
(19Mb pdf)

"Providing long anticipated data on the state of bicycling and walking nationwide, the Thunderhead Alliance has released its Bicycling and Walking in the U.S., Benchmarking Report 2007.

The report compares, for the first time ever, bicycling and walking levels, investment in bicycling and walking, and public health. The most striking findings reveal major disparities between cycling and walking levels, traffic fatalities, and federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

According to the report, bicycling and walking make up 9.6 percent of all trips. Yet bicyclists and pedestrians represent 12.9 percent of all traffic-related fatalities, and only 1.5 percent of federal transportation dollars are spent on bicycling and walking projects.

In addition, the report illustrates the inverse relationship between walking and biking and levels of obesity over the past 40 years. As walking and biking levels have dropped, obesity levels have soared.

Bicycling and Walking in the U.S. was made possible by support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bikes Belong Coalition."