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Finally Getting Serious About Measuring How Much People Walk and Bike | Streetsblog Capitol Hill

I keep hearing over and over how important data is right now in the evolution of sustainable transportation.  Whether during my tour of the Capital Bikeshare program in D.C. or talking to the staff of Berks County Community Foundation, everyone says the same thing: data collection and analysis is growing fast as proponents of sustainable transportation seek stronger means of convincing doubtful stakeholders.

Progress is being made though, as the Federal Highway Administration and Transportation Research Board are beginning to address the issue with guidebooks discussing data collection strategies and detailing how walking and biking activity might change under different development strategies.  Additionally, bikeshare programs present an easy opportunity to collect widespread data, as the Capital Bikeshare has done and made available here.

12.24.12 Capital Bikeshare Data