2006 Oberstar Forum Related Links



  • Active and Healthy Cities Research
    By the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota's College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Twin Cities Walking Study
    This study is analyzing how the built environment affects walking in the Twin Cities, with results likely to be applicable nationwide. The Principal Investigator is Ann Forsyth of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota's College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • U of M research on Bicycling Cost and Benefits
    From the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey School, including research by Gary Barnes and Kevin Krizek

Community Resources

  • McKnight Foundation's Transportation and Placemaking
    Looks at the ways our transportation system has shaped the Twin Cities
  • Metro Commuter Services—Bike Commuting
    The Metropolitan Council's bike commuting program
  • Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance
    A non-profit membership-based biking and walking organization
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation—Bicycles in Minnesota 
    Resources include the Bicycle Modal Plan and Pedestrian Program information. Mn/DOT also has a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Toolbox, which provides transportation planners and engineers with information on how to plan and design a bicycle and pedestrian network for a community.
  • Minnesota Trails
    Minnesota trail maps and resources
  • Minnesota Parks and Trails Council
    Non-profit council dedicated to preserving state parks and trails
  • Minnesota Safety Council—Bike Safe, Bike Smart
    Safety tips for cyclists, parents, and kids
  • Minnesota State Bicycle Advisory Committee
    A non-profit group dedicated to promoting bicycling in the state
  • Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming Policy Initiatives
    The Minneapolis Center for Neighborhoods' local demonstration projects to promote safety for walking and biking
  • Safe Routes to School program—Minnesota
    A program designed to improve the conditions and quality of bicycling and walking to school
  • Share the Road
    Bicycle safety education program
  • Sharing the Road: Encouraging Biking & Walking In Minnesota
    2003 report by Transit for Livable Communities, sponsored by the Center for Neighborhoods and the McKnight Foundation
  • Transit for Livable Communities
    Provides information about transit planning in Minnesota, including buses, light rail, and commuter rail
  • Twin Cities Bicycling Club
    A recreational bicycling club for Minneapolis-St. Paul residents
  • "Two Wheels to Town..."—The Southwest Metro Bicycle Connection
    A website devoted to bicycle advocacy, specifically in Richfield, Bloomington, Edina and Minneapolis


  • Aging Americans: Stranded Without Options
    Report by the Surface Transportation Policy Project
  • America Walks
    National coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
    Promotes excellence in the emerging professional discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention' KidsWalk-to-School program
    A community-based program that aims to increase opportunities for daily physical activity by encouraging children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied by adults
  • Connecticut Department of Transportation, Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan, 1999
    Designed to be a tool to enhance the environment by increasing the use of a non-polluting, non-motorized means of transportation
  • Improving Pedestrian Access to Transit: City of Gresham's Ped-to-MAX Program
    Washington Department of Transportation, 1999 
    Reviews a program created to improve the pedestrian environment around Gresham's eight light rail stations and town centers
  • League of American Bicyclists 
    Non-profit membership organization which promotes bicycling for fun, fitness, transportation, and work
  • National Survey of Pedestrian & Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors Highlights Report (355 KB PDF)
    Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 2003
  • National Center for Bicycling and Walking
    Helps to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities across North America
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—Pedestrian Safety
    Brochures, resources, and statistics regarding pedestrian safety
  • National Transportation Library’s Digital Collection: Pedestrians and Bicycles 
    Contains many resources on bicycling and pedestrians.
  • Partnership for a Walkable America
    A national coalition working to improve the conditions for walking in America and to increase the number of Americans who walk regularly
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center 
    A national clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement and access and mobility. Maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. Related sites include:
  • Surface Transportation Policy Project
    A nationwide coalition working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices.
  • Traffic Signs and Safety for Kids
    Tips and resources on traffic, biking, car, and school bus safety for kids
  • Walkable Communities, Inc.
    Walkable Communities was established in the state of Florida in 1996. It was organized for the express purposes of helping whole communities, whether they are large cities or small towns, or parts of communities, i.e. neighborhoods, business districts, parks, school districts, subdivisions, specific roadway corridors, etc., become more walkable and pedestrian friendly.
  • Thunderhead Alliance
    A national coalition of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization.