National Center for Bicycling & Walking

National Center for Bicycling & Walking
Founded: 1977

To create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities.

About the Organization:
The National Center for Bicycling & Walking encourages daily physical activity through walking and bicycling — to school, to work, to the bus stop, or simply to explore your neighborhood — and it advocates for making conditions safer for bicycling and walking in order to encourage a greater number of people to make physical activity a regular part of their lives. To this end, NCBW offers consulting services dealing with long-range planning, policy development, public involvement, route selection, planning, and design guidelines for bicycle and pedestrian facilities; training programs for public health and transportation agencies; economic development and tourism planning and analysis organizing; and management of workshops and conferences. NCBW works with local, state, and national bicycle, pedestrian, and transportation advocates to affect changes in government policies, programs, and procedures to create more bicycle-friendly and walkable communities. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, it has offices in the Washington, D.C., area; Middlebury, Vermont; and Missoula, Montana. It is not a membership organization.

Current Programs:
's Technical Assistance Center, a project of NCBW funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, promotes community design for active living through technical assistance, capacity building, outreach, and communications, with emphasis on transportation; land use planning; school-related issues; parks, recreation, and trails; and safety and security. NCBW's show how communities around the world use facilities, programs, and policies to encourage walking and protect pedestrians, paying particular attention to the needs of children, the elderly, and people with physical disabilities. Via its Web site, the organization provides individuals, advocates, and policy makers a tremendous amount of information, including the , the , and activities.

Web Site:
NCBW's extensive Web site includes ; a guide to ; a of upcoming events; and a list of . Visitors to the site can sign up to receive , a biweekly electronic news bulletin.

The organization is supported by grants, contracts, and consulting fees.

Contact: Bill Wilkinson, Executive Director
Phone: (301) 656-4220
Fax: (301) 656-4225


October 25, 2011