Estimating Total Miles Walked and Biked by Census Tract in California: Non-Motorized Travel: Analysis of the 2009 NHTS California Travel Survey Add-On Data

Active travel -- walking and bicycling -- accounted for fewer than 10% of all trips in the United States in 2008. Understanding the patterns of non-motorized travel and the environmental and individual characteristics that influence those patterns is critical for designing effective policies to promote non-motorized travel. This research analyzes data from the National Household Travel Survey, focusing on the California Add-on data. It presents a new method for estimating pedestrian and cyclist activity at the census tract level based on a combination of travel survey, census, and land use data. Two sets of activity estimates are calculated based on the 2009 National Household Travel Survey and the 2010-2012 California Household Travel Survey. Descriptive results show who is walking and cycling, and for what purpose. Modeling results identify key factors associated with active travel, and those results may assist practitioners in developing effective policies to increase non-motorized travel. The research finds that roads, bike paths and sidewalks are most heavily used by pedestrians and bicyclists in the most densely populated neighborhoods of the state. Pedestrian crash rates are lowest in urban areas and highest in rural areas while suburban areas are safest for cyclists.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 42p

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  • Accession Number: 01533102
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CA14-2200
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0404
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2014 11:55AM