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Updated: Bike Commute Data Released

UPDATE: We’ve released an extensive analysis of the new bike commuting data in a new report called “Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycle Commuting in American Cities.” Click here to download it (PDF), or scroll through the report below.

This morning, the American Community Survey (ACS) released new data on bicycle commuting in the United States.

The ACS is a major data source used by communities throughout the nation to plan investments and services. These figures estimate the number of commutes by all transportation modes and does not estimate non-commute trips. 

According to the ACS, 0.62% of commutes are made by bicycle in 2013, which represents a modest 0.5% increase from 2012. In total, the Census Bureau estimates that there were 882,198 bicycle commuters in 2013.

Since 2000, ACS data shows a 62% increase in bicycle commuting. According to a report from the Census Bureau released this spring, bicycle commuting is the fastest growing commuting mode in the last decade.

Looking at the gender breakdown, the data shows the total number of women bike commuters in 2013 grew to 238,052 — a slight increase from 2012. According to ACS data, 95,569 more women regularly commuted by bike in 2013 than in 2006.

In coming weeks, we’ll share additional data and details on the demographics of bike commuting in different types and sizes of communities. Today, check out our listing of the 70 largest cities with the highest share of bike commuters, with data going back to 1990. Download it here.

Congratulations to New Orleans, Houston and Pittsburgh — all of which saw significant year-to-year jumps in bike commuting. 

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