Bicycling might just be getting more popular and not just with those of us who buy those crazy light carbon bikes. It appears more Americans then ever have taken up riding their bike to work. I was playing around with some statistics on the US Census site and found some interesting biking statistics.
* The number of U.S. workers who traveled to work by bicycle increased from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 in 2008–2012, a larger percentage increase than that of any other commuting mode.
* The combined rate of bicycle commuting for the 50 largest U.S. cities increased from 0.6 percent in 2000 to 1.0 percent in 2008–2012.
* Among large cities, Portland, OR, has the highest bicycle com – muting rate at 6.1 percent. Nice work Portland!
* At 0.8 percent, the rate of bicycle commuting for men was more than double that of women at 0.3 percent. Come on ladies, we like to see you on bikes as well!
* Among the approximately 140 million workers in the United States between 2008-2012, 0.6 percent commuted by bicycle, compared with 86.2 percent of workers who drove alone or carpooled to work Between 2000 and 2008–2012, the number of workers who traveled to work by bicycle increased by 60.8 percent, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000.
If the trend continues we will start to be a society that at least burns some real calories on the way to work.