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May is National Bike Month

35240Today marks the start of National Bike Month, an annual celebration of bicycling sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.

Established in 1956, National Bike Month aims to showcase the benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to hit the roads and trails on their bikes. One week of the month (May 15-19) is also designated as Bike to Work Week, highlighting the growing number of people who choose to commute by bike.

For many years, researchers at the U of M have been conducting bicycle-related studies focused on traffic, planning, safety, health, and more.

Posted in Bicycling, Transportation research

Videos on transportation research featured in new online resource collection

Screenshot of CIVIOS home screenLast week, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs launched CIVIOS, a new online collection of videos, podcasts, and other multimedia tools that translate public affairs research into easy-to-understand presentations.

The collection includes three new videos on transportation-related research conducted by CTS scholars Yingling Fan and Greg Lindsey.

Posted in Bicycling, Planning, Public transit, Transportation research

Loren Terveen named Distinguished McKnight University Professor

profile_terveenCongratulations to Loren Terveen on being named a new Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the U of M! The program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status, and recipients hold the title for as long as they remain at the U.

Terveen is a CTS-affiliated researcher in the U’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Posted in Bicycling, Transportation research

Bicycling industry, events have economic impact in Minnesota

bicycling1The bicycling industry in Minnesota—including manufacturing, wholesaling, retail sales, and non-profits and advocacy groups—produced an estimated total of $780 million of economic activity in 2014. This includes 5,519 jobs and $209 million in annual labor income (wages, salaries, and benefits) paid to Minnesota workers.

These findings are an important component of a multifaceted report from U of M researchers. Their research, funded by MnDOT, provides a comprehensive understanding of the economic impact and health effects of bicycling in Minnesota.

Posted in Bicycling, Economics, Transportation research

Bicycle commuting improves public health, reduces medical costs

shutterstock_408774553According to the results of a new study, bicycle commuting in the Twin Cities metropolitan area reduces chronic illness and preventable deaths, saving millions of dollars annually in medical costs.

The findings are one component of a multifaceted project funded by MnDOT. In the final report, researchers in several U of M departments provide a comprehensive understanding of the economic impact and health effects of bicycling in Minnesota.

Posted in Bicycling, Transportation research

Equity of bike share in Minneapolis–St. Paul

Last semester, 39 students in the U’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program explored ways to integrate a Minneapolis neighborhood—the North Loop—into the sharing economy. Located just north of downtown in the Warehouse Historic District, the neighborhood has experienced revitalization and increasing property values in recent years. In the class, student teams created 13 proposals on topics such as parking reallocation and walkability.

This guest post, written by three students in the course, highlights their work related to bike sharing and equity.


As cities across the U.S.—from college towns to major urban centers—have introduced bike sharing into their mix of transportation options, elected officials, advocacy organizations, and social justice groups are raising questions about equity. Racial segregation and disparities continue to plague U.S. cities, and people are rightfully questioning whether bike sharing combats, perpetuates, or has little effect on these challenges. At the center of the conversation around bike sharing and equity are two questions: (1) What is the purpose of bike sharing? and (2) Who is bike sharing intended to serve?

We interrogated these questions for our final project in our Land-Use Planning course, taught by Fernando Burga, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. With a focus on Minneapolis-St. Paul’s nonprofit Nice Ride bike sharing system, we examined the location of bike sharing stations in relation to demographic and economic data.

Posted in Bicycling, Education, Sharing economy, Transportation research, Urban transportation

Accessibility Observatory research featured as U of M highlight from 2016

Last week, the Accessibility Observatory was featured on the University of Minnesota Inquiry blog as a highlight from a year of excellence in research in FY2016.

The post highlighted the Observatory’s new National Accessibility Evaluation Pooled-Fund Study, funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and 11 other transportation agencies across the country. As part of the $1.6 million, five-year project, Observatory staff will create a new national accessibility dataset at the Census block level that describes accessibility to jobs for both driving and transit.

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Bicycling, Pedestrian, Planning, Public transit, Transportation research, Urban transportation
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