Friday, May 09, 2014

Bike to Work Decade?

There's no getting over the fact that the 60% bump in cyclists that the new U.S. Census data touts is something of a blip in the road compared to the numbers of drivers driving solo in their cars.  Yet the numbers are encouraging when you look at overall trends, safety numbers, and the commitment of more and more urban areas to supporting multi-modal forms of transport.  With the amazing climate and geography and increased bicycle infrastructure in Reno, I'd like see us moving to the top of the above list.  It's kind of a no-brainer for the Truckee Meadows.

Here is the document from the Census and below an excerpt from the Salon piece:

American is in the middle of bicycling Renaissance. According to statistics just released by the U.S. Census Bureau, bike commuting has grown by 60 percent in the past ten years, from under half a million people in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period.

Sure, it’s still only a teensy number of commuters compared to those still driving to the office — bicyclists only account for 0.6 percent of all commuters. But while the number of walkers has remained more or less stagnant, in some cities, bikers’ ranks have more than doubled since 2000 — in Portland, most notably, the rate has jumped to 6.1 percent, up from 1.8 percent a decade back.. According to the bureau, this growth reflects significant changes in infrastructure, such as the introduction of bike shares and bike lanes, that support pedal-powered commutes. As author Elly Blue told Salon earlier this year, biking is well on its way to becoming a new normal (yes, she lives in Portland).

1 comment:

KG said...

I believe there should be several fun group rides to promote biking in the Reno/Sparks area, Such group rides like the Gonads n Strife poker run, fat boy biking poker run, or the upcoming “pedal Party” on May 14th 2014 (Which will start at the ampersand in downtown Reno and end at The Alley in Sparks). There will be bar games, a wheelie contest and a prize for coolest bike. More info can be found on this link

I am not affiliated with the Ampersand, the Alley or the Noble pie or any other organization that organized this event, I’m just a fan for fun rides with a lot of riders in it that help promote biking in the community. With that in mind, please use the contact information found on the link if you have any questions.