New Estimates Show an Increase in Bicycle Commuters

With gas prices rising, it is not surprising that many urban areas, large and small, have seen a jump in cyclist traffic. Current U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that bicycling as a primary means of transportation has increased 50% since 2000, even though cycling to work still only accounts for less than 1% of commuter traffic. Most bicyclists are making short trips to nearby shops and restaurants, according to Darren Flusche, policy director for the League of American Bicyclists, as cited by Mike Maciag, author of “Bicycle Commuting Gains Traction in Cities” at GOVERNING.

GOVERNING used the 2010 American Community Survey estimates to produce an interactive map to visualize modes of transportation to work in more than 400 areas. Local communities, such as Warren and Southfield, are included in the results. The League of American Bicyclists encourages communities to begin constructing bike lanes, decreasing speed limits, and involving the community to increase ridership.