Bicycling and Walking to Healthy Communities

People living in pedestrian friendly neighborhoods make four times as many walking and bicycling trips than people living in non-friendly neighborhoods!

by Andy Clarke, President, League of American Bicyclists



Published April 14, 2008

About the Author

Andy Clarke, with more than 25 years of experience in cycling advocacy, is currently the president of the League of American Bicyclists. His past experience includes stints at Rails to Trails Conservancy, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, the Bicycle Federation of America (now the National Center for Bicycling and Walking), and as a consultant to the Federal Highway Administration. Clarke is a 1984 graduate of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom with an undergraduate degree in law. He is a founding member of America Bikes and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals. Clarke’s passion for cycling started when he was growing up in England, and has stayed with him through hundreds of thousands of miles of cycling on four continents. He is recognized as a policy expert on almost every aspect of bicycling, and still enjoys a tough climb on his Trek touring bike better than anything else. Clarke lives in Fairfax, Va. with his wife, Kristin, and two children Ashton and Jacqueline.

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