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US: 60% Increase in the # of People Biking to Work

Don’t let the 60% fool you because the national increase is small – from 488,000 in 2000 (census) to 786,000 (2008-2012) according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.  cb14-86_graphic_biketowork

While bicyclists still account for just 0.6 percent of all commuters, some of the nation’s largest cities have more than doubled since 2000. Portland, Ore., had the highest bicycle-commuting rate at 6.1%, up from 1.8% in 2000. In Minneapolis, the rate increased from 1.9% to to 4.1%.

National biking to work trends from the report:

  • West highest rate of 1.1% and the South with the lowest rate at 0.3%.
  • Median commute time was 19.3 minutes.
  • Men more likely to bike to work than women.
  • 1.5% of those with an income of $10,000 or less commuted to work by bicycle, the highest rate by any income category.

Do check out the commuting interactive map that shows how long it takes to get to work and the number of bikers by state or neighborhood.  Looks like Orange County averages 26 minutes of commute time.  See for yourself here.

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