'Bikeability Checklist' now available for downloading; list helps citizens rate communities

Press Release - For immediate use

May 21, 2002

CHAPEL HILL — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has just released a "Bikeability Checklist" to help citizens rate how friendly their communities are for bicycling, identify problem areas, and find short- and long-term solutions that will improve each community's score.

The new tool, which is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is available for download online at www.bicyclinginfo.org.

"In planning, designing, constructing and operating our nation's transportation system, the needs of all users — and that clearly includes bicyclists — should be considered from the moment planning starts on a new project," said Mary Peters, administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. "You can use this checklist to rate your bike route and to identify needed improvements."

"NHTSA is proud to support the Bikeability Checklist," said Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "It gives good, practical consumer-oriented advice on how to make your neighborhood safe for cycling."

The release of the checklist coincides with National Bike Month. The League of American Bicyclists, which has declared May to be National Bike Month for the past 46 years, encourages communities, corporations, clubs and individuals to use the Bikeability Checklist and join in bicycling activities during May to increase awareness and acceptance of bicycling throughout the country.

"The league encourages bicyclists to use the Bikeability Checklist as a tool to evaluate their communities and to follow up with local and state officials to see that needed improvements are made to make bicycling safer and more enjoyable for everyone," said Elissa Margolin, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists.

Established in June 1999, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center aims to improve the quality of life in communities through the promotion of safe walking and bicycling as a means of transportation and physical activity. The center, housed within the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, serves as a national clearinghouse of information on bicycling.

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UNC Highway Safety Research Center contact: Shannon Walters, (919) 962-7803 or shannon_walters@unc.edu

For more information on pedestrian and bicycle safety, visit the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.

Media Contacts

Caroline Dickson
919.962.5835
dickson@hsrc.unc.edu

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