It was inspiring to see how many people rode bikes during this month’s recent Bike to Work activities. Over 100,000 people participated in the San Francisco Bay Area alone where PUBLIC is headquartered.
According to the League of American Bicyclists, the rate of bike commuters has increased nationally by 62% over the past 13 years. Data from the Where We Ride report released in 2014 reveal interesting facts about the nation’s commuting habits.
- New York City has the highest number of bikers on their streets. In 2013 it was estimated that 46,065 people opt for two-wheeled transport there.
- Of the largest cities in the nation, Portland, Washington, DC and San Francisco rank as the cities with the highest number of bike commuters – 5.9% of folks in Portland call themselves bike commuters.
- Louisville, KY has experienced the fastest growth in bike commuting, more than any other city between 1990-2013. The rate of bike commuters there has grown by 149.3% over that time.
While we celebrate Bike Month in May, we hope cities invest in protected bike lanes and Vision Zero safe street improvements so that more people, regardless of their age or ability, feel welcome to join the ranks of bike commuters every day.