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

Slow Roads Save Lives Webinar Recap

By Ken McLeod | November 9, 2023

The Slow Roads Save Lives campaign has big goals, such as reframing how roads are designed to place safety and people first, and a simple idea at its core —…

Slow Roads Save Lives – Reframing Road Design

By Ken McLeod | October 20, 2023

Slow Roads Save Lives. It’s simple physics. But to fully realize the lifesaving power of slower roads, it will take more than doing the math. We must reframe how speed…

Webinar Recap: Slow Roads Save Lives

By Ken McLeod | September 25, 2023

People biking should get home safely, every time. But bicyclist deaths are at a 45-year high. The crisis of traffic violence on our roads needs solutions. One of those is…

Webinar: Slow Roads Save Lives

By Ken McLeod | September 11, 2023

When the League of American Bicyclists was founded in 1880, one of our biggest campaigns and achievements was the Good Roads Movement. In 1889, Colonel Albert Pope of the then…

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is Failing Bicyclists

By Patti Donnelly | July 31, 2023

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.”   Yet people who bike and other…

U.S. Must Lead on Safety in Race to Develop Self-Driving Vehicles

By Ken McLeod | July 25, 2023

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. (E.T.) on “Self-Driving…