More people are commuting via bicycle than ever before


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According to data collected by the "American Community Survey," an ongoing survey run by the U.S. Census Bureau that sends questionnaires to some three million U.S. homes each year, there has been a 61.6% increase in bike commuting since 2000. In 2012, about 64% of commutes were made by bicycle, which represents an almost 10% increase from 2011. In total, there were 864,883 bike commuters in 2012.

Our apologies for throwing out all those numbers. The bottom line is: People are turning to the bike more than ever to get around.

Some interesting tidbits from the report:

  • The city where bike commuting is growing the fastest goes to Detroit, followed by Chicago and Washington, D.C.  
  • Davis, Calif., topped the list for having the highest percentage of overall commuters (nearly one-in-five!).
  • Between 2011 and 2012, the growth in bike commuting by women was 10.9%, compared to 8.4% for men.
  • New York City has the largest amount of commuter — roughly 36,000 of them — followed by Chicago (19,000); Portland, Ore. (18,000); and Los Angeles (17,000).
  • Growth in bicycle commuting by from 2005 to 2012 has increased 100% in the following states: Maryland, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming.

We can't wait to see what 2014 shapes up to be for the mighty bicycle. According to the Earth Policy Institute, the U.S. is now home to 34 modern bike-sharing programs. With new programs in the works and planned expansions of existing programs, the U.S. fleet is set to double again by the end of 2014, at which point nearly 37,000 publicly shared bicycles will roll the streets. 

[Disclaimer: Please note the margin of error in this report. Data taken from the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey only accounts for cities with 65,000 people or larger. Also, those who ride to work a few days a week, or only part of the way to work, were not taken into account as official bicycle commuters.]

Download the whole report here.