2016 - Report

Making Strides:

State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities

Physical activity is a fundamental building block for good health, and states have a crucial role in promoting it. States’ actions are essential – enacting laws and policies to support active, healthy lifestyles, devoting staff and planning efforts to physical activity, and ensuring adequate funding for walking, bicycling, and physical activity.

But how are they doing? The state report cards in this report make it easy to understand at a glance how states are doing in their support of walking, bicycling, and active kids and communities. The report cards primarily looking at state policy and implementation of key public policies, but also including a few measures that summarize the reality on the ground for access to parks, sidewalks, and bike lanes. Each state is scored in four key areas: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support. 

In addition to the state report cards, this report includes an overview of the research that supports walking, bicycling and physical activity as ways to improve health; discussion of the rationale for state-level report cards; a detailed explanation of how the states were graded; and reflections on the state of physical activity in different regions and our country as a whole.

Click here to view each state’s overall grade and report card.