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83% of Americans Support Federal Funding for Biking & Walking


A new survey reveals overwhelming support for biking and walking, with more than 80 percent of Americans favoring level or increased federal funding for sidewalks and bike lanes. 

The national survey, performed by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, asked 1,003 adults in the United States about their opinions on federal funding for sidewalks, bike lanes, and bike paths. The results were astounding — and bipartisan:

  • 83 percent of all respondents support maintaining or growing the federal funding streams that pay 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 results add critical perspective to a pressing national debate about transportation, as members of Congress conference to develop a consensus transportation bill — and some propose eliminating dedicated funding for biking and walking.

Click here to download the four-page report summary. 

Click here to download the full white paper on the survey results. 

Click here to see photos from the press conference on Capitol Hill and of a National Bike to School Day celebration a short distance from the Capitol. 


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@MaryLauran tweeted link to this page. 2012-05-11 16:01:04 -0400
@martindicaro Great story on Safe Routes to School! Would you consider doing a follow up w/ this survey data?
@MaryLauran retweeted @AmericaBikes 2012-05-09 11:42:31 -0400
83% of Americans support increasing or maintaining federal funding for sidewalks & bike lanes. Full report:
published this page in America Bikes Resources 2012-05-09 09:20:00 -0400