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).