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Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements Realized in Communities of Less than 10,000

Started: September, 2017 End Date: June, 2018 Project ID #4W6857 Status: Ongoing


The  objective of this research is to identify the characteristics that enable communities with less than 10,000 people to build pedestrian and/or bicycle infrastructure.


The presence of infrastructure for bicycles and pedestrians (i.e. beacons, cycle tracks, bicycle lanes, bicycle racks, bicycle boulevards, wayfinding, etc.) has been found to be a strong indicator of whether or not and where people in a community walk and bicycle. To date, a lot of the research related to infrastructure improvements for bicycle and pedestrian modes has focused on large cities like Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Washington D.C. However, the funding mechanisms and support staff that can be used to leverage these modifications in large cities are often not available in small communities (those with less than 10,000 people), thereby making improvements in these areas especially challenging. Yet, a community that can implement such improvements can provide its citizens with additional transportation options and potentially change the local image to attract more tourists. This research project intends to fill the gap for these small communities by first identifying locations that have successfully made infrastructure improvements, learning more about the infrastructure improvements made, synthesizing these findings, and identifying common trends across the communities. The knowledge gained from this research can be distributed to other small communities to provide them with ideas on what types of infrastructure improvements have been made in other small communities, and the costs and potential avenues for financing them.  The research will focus on small communities (those less than 10,000 people) in Maine, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.


Sponsors & Partners

  • Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Sponsor

Related Information

Part of: Mobility and Public Transportation

Project Tagged In: Bicycling, Pedestrians

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