WHERE WE RIDE 2016: ANALYSIS OF BIKE COMMUTING
In our fourth edition of “Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities” we take a look at data on bicycle commuters throughout the country, based on new data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
In this report, we take a look at:
- How all 50 states rank according to bicycle commuters as a share of all commuters;
- The 20 cities with the highest rate of bicycle commuting in each of four regions – the West, South, Midwest, and East;
- Large cities where bicycle commuting rates have grown the fastest since the year 2000;
- The cities with the most bicycle commuters; and
- The number and rate of bike commuting in each city for which that data is available, for cities with less than 100,000 people to cities with over 1 million people.
ABOUT THE DATA SOURCE
The data in this report is based on estimates provided by the American Community Survey based upon answers to the above question. Each year 1 in 38 households receives an invitation to complete the ACS, you can learn more about the ACS process here. There are at least two limitations to the data: 1) it only measures how someone “usually” gets to work in the “last week” before the question was asked, and 2) it only captures the mode used for the most distance. These limitations mean that occasional bike commuters and multimodal commuters who use bikes are unlikely to be captured by ACS data.
This report relies on 2016 1-year estimates and other 1-year estimates to facilitate change-over-time comparisons. There are margins of error for every data sample, ACS included. Because of the limits of the sample size, some of the margins of error are considerable. For more specific information on those margins of error and our methodology, you may consult the American Community Survey website.
Interested in learning more? Please contact me at [email protected] if you have questions or would like more data.