Walking & Biking

Walking and bicycling are growing in popularity across the region, as the quality-of-life, public health, financial savings, and environmental benefits of non-motorized travel become increasingly apparent. Every day, local jurisdictions throughout the region are building new bike lanes, sidewalks, and shared-use paths, re-engineering intersections, and adopting new policies to make bicycling and walking safer and more attractive for more people.

COG and the TPB provide a forum for local planners and decision-makers to share best practices for improving non-motorized travel options in their home jurisdictions. For example, the TPB Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee has developed a list of top priority unfunded bicycle and pedestrian projects

The TPB coordinates regional efforts to promote traffic safety, such as the Street Smart Safety Campaign. It also encourages more people to bicycle or walk through the Transportation Alternatives Program and a regional Complete Streets Policy.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the National Capital Region

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was adopted at the January 2015 meeting of the TPB. This plan is an update to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan which was adopted in 2010. 

The plan identifies major bicycle and pedestrian projects the region wishes to carry out by 2040, and incorporates goals and performance indicators for walking and bicycling from the TPB Vision and COG's Region Forward Vision. It identifies “recommended practices” likely to be effective in achieving those goals, and discusses trends in policy, mode share, and safety.

News & Multimedia

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    Changes are coming to the way the TPB analyzes transportation equity

    January 25, 2017

    TPB planners are working on a new approach to analyzing the region’s long-range transportation plan to satisfy long-standing federal Title VI requirements and...

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    TPB News in 2016: A look back at our top stories

    December 27, 2016

    As 2016 comes to a close, we’re looking back at the top TPB News stories of the year. Over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting our favorite articles and...

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    TLC PeerX: How local planners are filling gaps in the region's bike network

    November 22, 2016

    Planners from across the region will soon gather to share innovative bicycle and pedestrian planning ideas and experiences learned through technical assistance...

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    Regional businesses, transit agencies support upcoming Car Free Day, Sept. 22

    September 19, 2016

    Regional businesses are partnering with Commuter Connections to show their support for Car Free Day by providing great prizes for area residents and commuters...

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    This Car Free Day, try out travel modes that might help you avoid back-ups

    September 13, 2016

    A recent TPB traffic analysis showed that September is one of the worst months for traffic in the Washington area. It also showed that “September Shock,” the...

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    Change things up. Go car free or car-lite Sept. 22!

    August 23, 2016

    How will you get to work on Thursday, September 22? Will you drive? Take transit? Bicycle or walk? How about those non-work trips, like errands, meeting up with...