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Saturday, September 27, 2014

The U.S. Cities With The Most Bike Commuters (It's Still Not A Lot) | Fast CoExist


New census data released last week shows that more Americans are commuting by bike than ever before--but that the total numbers, even in the biggest biking cities, are still a paltry percentage of total commuters.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 0.62% of commutes were made by bicycle in 2013, a small increase from the year before. This percentage equated to an estimated total 882,000 people who considered themselves bike commuters. In the city that had the highest percentage of bike commuters--Portland, Oregon--only 5.9% of people got to work by bike.
The list of cities with the higher percentage of bike commuters, compiled by the League of American Bicyclists based on the census data, shows some surprises. New Orleans (No. 5, 3.6%), Houston (No. 34, 0.8%), and Pittsburgh (No. 11, 2.2%) all saw biggest jumps in bike commuting since the previous year. Minneapolis, in snowy, cold Minnesota, is impressively ranked No. 4, with 3.7% of its commuters hopping on a bike.

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