Promoting the Use of Bicycles on Federal Lands

Abstract: Many Federal Lands are minimally developed natural landscapes where traffic growth has led to unacceptable levels of noise, air pollution, and congestion that detract from the natural scenic environment. For these lands, cycling and walking can complement other transit modes that reduce congestion while at the same time provide recreational opportunities. Through case histories, researchers will identify barriers Federal Land managers face to providing bicycle facilities, identify successful existing bicycling facilities, create guidelines for measuring performance of bike access on Federal Lands and create a guide of potential solutions for the barriers identified. This project will present bicycling as a mainstream rather than alternative activity, with recommendations for Federal Lands including Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service (FS), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Park Service (NPS) to show leadership in progressive, environmentally sensitive land management through cycling.

Sponsoring Organization: Federal Highway Administration - Federal Lands Highway Division

Completion Date: 8/31/2008

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