Bike commuting up in some cities
Thursday, June 05, 2014 1:20 PM
A report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that Madison, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have the second and third highest percentage of people riding bicycles to work of U.S. cities with populations over 100,000 – 5.1 percent and 4.1 percent respectively. Only residents of Portland, Oregon, commute by bike more.
Nationwide bike commuting has increased 60 percent over the past decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 between 2008 and 2012.
Bicyclists still account for just 0.6 percent of all commuters. But some of the nation’s largest cities have more than doubled their rates since 2000, including Minneapolis, where the rate increased from 1.9 percent to 4.1 percent.
Elsewhere in the upper Midwest, bike commuting remains negligible. The Des Moines Register noted that workers who bike to their jobs account for 1 percent or more in just four Iowa cities (the highest being 3.9 percent in Iowa City). Only 0.4 percent of Des Moines commuters bicycle to their workplaces, the data released shows.
The data was drawn from a survey asking how people “usually” get to work. So people who said they rode their bikes two days a week but drove or took mass transit the rest of the week were not counted as bike commuters. The survey also didn’t count those who run errands by bike or pedal for other transportation-related reasons other than for work.