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Case Studies of Communities Less than 10,000 People with Bicycle & Pedestrian Infrastructure – FL

Project #: 4W8767
Start Date: 09/01/2020
End Date: 01/31/2022
Status: Completed

Previously, Bicycle & Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements Realized in Communities of Less Than 10,000 People proved that exemplary infrastructure can exist in some of the smallest communities in the United States. This prior study identified characteristics (adherence to speed limits, numerous champions, bicycle & pedestrian programs and groups, and community approval process) found to define the difference between these small communities that have been successful as compared with those that have had less success.
This current research study was identified as future research in the prior study. Through Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University’s experience with technology transfer, experience has shown that putting knowledge into case studies, which small, rural communities can point to, significantly influences adoption. This is particularly important because of the 19,495 cities and town in the United States, 84.2% of them fall below the 10,000 people threshold in the United States.

The research will focus on small communities (those less than 10,000 people) in three communities within a state within each of the five regions: North-East, South-Atlantic, North-Central, South-Gulf, and West, for a total of 15 case studies developed. The results can be used by peer small communities as examples of what can be implemented.

This research is jointly funded by the Small Urban, Rural, and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM), and three state departments of transportation. This project is the portion funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.


Three case studies per state (Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Vermont), for a total of 15 case studies for the project, will be developed for communities with 10,000 or fewer people to demonstrate notable examples of implementation of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.