Report: Bike Commuting Up by 61 Percent Since 2000

While bike commuting remains below one percent as a regular transportation mode in the United States, the popularity of biking got a boost during the pandemic.

May 23, 2022, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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A report from The Bike Adviser outlines the state of bike commuting in the United States. “More and more Americans nowadays seem to value the exercise that they get from using the two-wheeled transport. From quicker and cheaper way of getting to and from work to more walkable neighborhoods and healthier people, biking is the source of many good things,” the report states.

Key findings include:

  • “From 2000 to 2019, the number of commuters who bike to work increased from 488,000 to 786,000 or an increase of 61%,” although that number peaked at 904,463 in 2014 and has declined since then. “Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Washington ranked in the top 5 of all states with the largest percentage share of bike commuters.”
  • “Of 786,000 people who commute by bike, 71% are men and about 29% are women.”
  • According to the report, “Boasting excellent bike lanes and comprehensive bike safety laws, states like Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Washington have consistently ranked in the top 5 of all states for avid cyclists and exemplary infrastructure, advocacy, education and bike law enforcement.”

Despite its recent renaissance, bicycling remains the primary transportation mode for a small percentage of commuters. But as the report points out, the United States has a massive population. “At 0.6%, that’s a lot more bike commuters on our roads compared to many other countries in the world.” And “As cities around the US are wising up to the benefits of commuting by bike, miles of bike lanes are being added, making the streets safer and cracking down on dangerous car drivers threatening bike commuters.”

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in The Bike Adviser

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