Reports and Resources

Convincing decision makers to prioritize people who bike and walk requires two things: great stories and great data. Our reports offer important, easy to understand case studies for both.

As the premier resource for advocates and policy makers on how to make biking better, the League has produced scores of reports and fact sheets over the years to make the case for building a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.

In addition to our most recent reports, the League also hosts archives and resources created over the years through our work and that of our partners.

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Recent Reports

Reconnecting to the New Majority

In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists (League) and the Sierra Club published “The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity,” a report highlighting the changing demographics within the bicycling movement. Today, the League is releasing a new report, “Reconnecting to the New Majority,” to update our understanding of demographic trends in bicycling, identify areas of focus to ensure that all people — particularly Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) — have access to safe bicycling, and further progress actions that promote equity in bicycling.

Benchmarking Bike Networks

“Benchmarking Bike Networks” demonstrates the importance of safe bicycle infrastructure and connected bicycle networks in increasing the safety and accessibility of bicycling as a transportation and recreational option. The report’s findings demonstrate why communities around the United States should prioritize building the safest bicycle facilities for appropriate road contexts to connect more people and neighborhoods to more places. The League hopes this report will serve as a tool for communities, planners, state and local bike advocacy organizations, cycling clubs, and individuals who bike to be advocates for bike infrastructure and networks that will contribute to building a Bicycle Friendly America for Everyone.

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Bicycling Benefits Business

In 2009, the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking published “Bicycling Means Business”, a culmination of research studying the economic benefits of bicycle infrastructure. Today, the League is releasing an updated report, “Bicycling Benefits Business”, which reviews new research in the nearly 10 years that have passed since the original, and it remains true: communities that support bicycling as a means of transportation and recreation have outsized economic benefits by attracting residents and tourists alike.

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Recent Posts from our Research Team

Gearing Up Political Engagement

By bikeleague | October 1, 2014

Imagine you’re a safe-streets advocate living in a dreamscape of an expanding bike-lane network, widespread installation of public plazas and innovative government-sponsored programs aimed at improving street life, from summertime street closures to bike share to virtually on-demand public benches. Progress has been swift under the committed leadership of a mayor who understands the economic necessity of these programs and amenities to ensure that his city stays competitive — and his Commissioner of Transportation is unapologetically on the cutting edge of contemporary urban design.

Updated: Bike Commute Data Released

By Ken McLeod | September 29, 2014

UPDATE: We’ve released an extensive analysis of the new bike commuting data in a new report called “Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycle Commuting in American Cities.” Click here to download it (PDF), or scroll through the report below. This morning, the American Community Survey (ACS) released new data on bicycle commuting in the United States.

Bicycle-blind: Cycling data in the U.S.

By bikeleague | September 29, 2014

Perhaps the most widely used dataset related to bicycling in the United States is the annual American Community Survey (ACS), the successor to the decennial Census’ so-called “long form.” This survey asks a sub-sample of American households to provide information on a variety of topics such as income, health insurance, disability, housing, and—thankfully—transportation.

Webinar: Why Women Are Essential

By bikeleague | September 2, 2014

This number — 51% — made me think. How much of what we say about women is true and how much is myth? And how much has the bike retail industry bought into, and continued to sell these myths right back to women? I was overwhelmed by how well the webinar was attended. It’s an indicator to me of how invested the industry is in seeking out numbers-based solutions. The other thing that got me excited was how interested folks were in continuing the conversation. We have these numbers that indicate a huge potential for growth in women’s bike retail, but what about solutions to capitalize on that potential? How do we fix it? How do we get more women on bikes?

Survey: Bicyclists Unsure of Connected and Automated Car Technology

By Ken McLeod | August 26, 2014

Last Friday I spoke to researchers, agency staff, and industry at the fall meeting of the Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation (T-SET) University Transportation Center (UTC) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, PA. CMU and the University of Pennsylvania are partners in the US DOT funded UTC that is one of up to 35 UTCs that are funded under MAP-21 with up to $72.5 million per year being allocated to research on a competitive basis. The CMU/UPenn UTC has a strategic goal of safety.

Tell Census Bicyclists Count

By Ken McLeod | June 18, 2014

How do we know how many people are biking? In most cases, we rely upon the American Community Survey. Each year the Census Bureau releases data on how people get to work, including whether they bike to work. This is the most consistent and widespread data on the number of people regularly biking in the United States. We use it in many ways -– to compare cities large and small, to evaluate communities and states using Bicycle Friendly America programs, and to better understand bicycle safety.