Research Reports

There are thousands of research reports on all aspects of safe, healthy, equitable, and cost effective streets for all. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Copenhagen, City of Cyclists Bicycle Account 2010.
  • Increasing Active Living among people with mobility disabilities Solutions for addressing the built environment for mid-life and older adults with mobility disabilities so that they can maintain their health and independence.
  • IPBI initiative for bicycle & pedestrian innovation *broken link removed recent student and faculty research reports from Portland State University.
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Library collection of sample pedestrian and bicycle plans and planning tools, design guidelines, research and safety studies, pedestrian and bicyclist articles and white papers, case studies, and links to presentations, videos, and other web resources.
  • Dan Burden,  head of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, has written extensively on Complete Streets and pedestrian safety including American Needs Complete Streets 2011.
  • Cycling in Cities. TransLink Vancouver. Careful analysis of general population mode choice, perception, market segmentation research and factors to consider in encouragement programs 2007.
  • Designing Healthy Communities is a 4-hour PBS series, hosted by Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, that looks at the impact our built environment has on key public health indices – obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer and depression. Dr. Jackson connects bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyzes and illustrates what citizens are doing about this urgent crisis by looking upstream for innovative solutions.
  • Elly Blue writes about bicycles and gender, and bicycles and local economy in her Taking the Lane blog. Blue also has a great series of articles about the bicycle economy in Grist online.
  • Jay Walljasper writes about community and the commons in many magazines including Shareable.net and in books including The Great Neighborhood Book.
  • Mia Birk, principle at Alta Transportation and Design, has written a blog series based on her Joyride:Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet.
  • Multi-Modal Quality of Service Project. Basic ideas of “comfort” “quality” and level of service applied to active transportation and transit as opposed to vehicles only. Florida DOT 2001.
  • Roger Geller is Portland’s Bicycle Coordinator. He wrote the classic Four Types of Cyclists that differentiates people into rider types: Strong and Fearless (1%), Enthused & Confident (7%), No Way No How (33%), Interested But Concerned (60%).
  • Some of the most inspiring and thoughtful work on great streets for walking and biking around the world is being documented on  StreetFilms.