Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bicycle Commuting Trends Across the United States

A University of Oregon student, Kory Northrup, has completed an interesting set of graphs to depict trends in bicycle commuting in every state of the union. For an advanced cartography class at the Eugene campus, Northrup analyzed data from the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources to depict a comparison among states and rank the top ten cities with the highest bicycle commuting rates among the 70 largest U.S. cities.

The UO student reports that bike commuting has surged 150% since 2004 and suggests that even more people will take a bike for their commute if more funds are invested in better, safer, and more extensive bikeways.
Half of the trips in the United States could be traveled in 20 minutes or less via bicycle and a quarter of the trips could be walked in 20 minutes or less.
Northrup also tracks the declining trend in number of bicycle fatalities, the bike commuter gender split, and the increase in funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

Thanks to Shane MacRhodes of for reporting the results of Northrup's study and the graphics.

This week at the National Bike Summit the University of Oregon received a silver level award from the League of American Bicyclists in recognition of the 17% of people at UO who commute by bike.

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