Pilot Communities Pilot Communities

The pilot communities are:

Pilot Community: Columbia, Missouri

With a population of less than 100,000 residents, Columbia, Missouri is the smallest of the four pilot communities. The city is home to the University of Missouri-Columbia, a major research university. Thus, median age in this pilot community is the youngest of all four pilots, hovering around 27 years old. Like the other three pilot communities, more than 85 percent of the city's 45,000-person workforce commutes by vehicle (either alone or in carpools). However, of the four pilots, Columbia experiences the highest share of workers who commute by walking (7 percent). Columbia's existing network of trails, well-organized bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, and dense downtown make the city a good candidate for innovative nonmotorized infrastructure and educational activities.

Pilot Community: Marin County, California

Marin County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, is home to almost 250,000 residents spread throughout the County's 520 square miles. As the second largest pilot community, (both in terms of land area and population) approximately three-fourths of Marin's workforce of 126,000 commutes by car, van, or carpool. The County boasts many miles of existing bicycle lanes, multi-use trails, and signed routes throughout Marin's neighborhoods, and benefits from a temperate climate, making it possible for residents to bike or walk year-round. Countywide plans are in place to construct new - and enhance existing - facilities, and implement new educational and promotional campaigns.

Pilot Community: Minneapolis area, Minnesota

The City of Minneapolis is the most densely populated of the four pilot communities, with nearly 400,000 residents occupying 55 square miles. Most projects will be located in Minneapolis, though projects will also be considered along corridors leading into Minneapolis in 14 adjacent urban and suburban municipalities, the metropolitan airport, and a state park. The combined population of those adjoining communities is 550,000. Of the four pilot communities, Minneapolis experiences the highest share of non-vehicular commuting, with 17 percent of trips on foot and bicycle and four percent on public transit (2000 Metropolitan Council Travel Behavior Inventory). Transit for Livable Communities plans to increase the share of biking, walking, and transit ridership in the Minneapolis area through strategic infrastructure and educational investments, supported by the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program.

Pilot Community: Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, located on the western shores of Lake Michigan, is one of the largest pilot communities in terms of land area, covering more than 500 square miles. A mid-sized region with a Census 2000 population of approximately 110,000, Sheboygan County is composed of 15 townships, 10 villages and 3 cities. The County (administered by a County Board of 34 representatives) will disburse, through its Joint Resources and Transportation Committee, approximately $6.25 million for nonmotorized projects in each of the four program years (2006-2010). With a workforce of nearly 60,000 - with more than 90 percent commuting by motor vehicle - Sheboygan County has an opportunity to advance mode shifts through a combination of infrastructure projects and public education campaigns.

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