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Bicycling and Walking in Colorado: The Economic Impact and Household Survey Results

One important step in the development and improvement of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Colorado is to define the policies related to their funding, planning, programming, design, maintenance, and to encourage safe travel through education and enforcement. Therefore, the Colorado Department of Transportation initiated this research to provide the agency as well as cities, towns, and counties throughout the state with baseline information from which planning and funding decisions can be made.

This research was conducted by the Center for Research on Economic and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Colorado at Denver under the direction of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Program at the Colorado Department of Transportation. It was a collaborative effort with guidance from representatives from the bicycle industry, other state agencies, cities, counties, transportation professionals, citizens, and special interest groups. A number of individuals, agencies, businesses, and organizations also contributed through their participation in the development of the questionnaire, meetings, and written review comments.

In the spring of 1999, 40,000 surveys were mailed to randomly selected households throughout Colorado. The survey contained 117 questions pertaining to personal and household characteristics and the travel habits of the household members. The 16% response rate was the result of 5,771 completed surveys. A complete description of the methodology, a copy of the questionnaire and a detailed analysis of the data are contained in the complete Technical Report.

Contact Information

CDOT Bicycle/Pedestrian Program
4201 E. Arkansas Ave. DTD
Denver, CO 80222