Census Bureau says Minneapolis ranks very high on bike-to-work commuters

Minneapolis has a relatively high number of workers who commute by bicycle, with an estimated 4.1 percent, says a report from the Census Bureau.

Portland, Ore., had the highest bike commuter rate, with 6.1 percent.

The American Community Survey, which includes statistics from 2008-2012, found:

  • Among the 204,885 workers in Minneapolis, 13.9 percent took public transportation, 4.1 percent biked, 6.4 percent walked, and 5 percent worked at home.
  • Of workers who did not work from home, the average travel time to work was 22.2 minutes.

The full report shows that while biking and walking to work are still small percentages of commuting methods, they are growing.

It includes these national highlights:

  • 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.
  • Younger workers, those aged 16 to 24, had the highest rate of walking to work at 6.8 percent.
  • At 0.8 percent, the rate of bicycle commuting for men was more than double that of women at 0.3 percent.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by mark wallek on 05/13/2014 - 08:46 am.

    Educate the biker

    Driving to work in the university area on a daily basis I see many bikers. I see very few who actually demonstrate awareness of road rules, such as single file riding, signaling turns, being properly illuminated at night. I do not mind bikers. I think our system was shoehorned into place and our former mayor was looking for the glory of accomplishment prior to leaving office, leaving us with something less than proper planning would have provided. I am a big supporter of registration and insurance for bikers after witnessing two bikers flee a scene after striking a pedestrian and one incident where a biker caused two cars to collide. The biker rode off. Cars have been on the road for a long time. Driver education also seems to have suffered if people’s behavior on the road is any indication. Bikers are relatively new to the road, so follow the rules if you’re looking for respect.

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