The League of American Bicyclists report, American Community Survey – Bicycle Commuting Trends, 2000 to 2008, is an excellent source for bicycle commuting statistics. LAB used data from the Census Bureau’s ongoing American Community Survey to create their report.
Here are a few highlights:
- 0.55 percent of Americans use a bicycle as their primary means of getting to work. This is up 14 percent from 2007, 36 percent from 2005, and 43 percent from 2000.
- The 70 largest cities in the U.S. had higher bicycle commuter levels and larger increases than the national average.
- The average bicycle commuter share for the largest 70 U.S. cities grew by nearly 50 percent since 2000 (to 0.93 percent).
- On average, larger increases in state spending on bicycle and pedestrian projects are correlated with larger increases in bicycle commuting levels.
Overall, even though our numbers are still low, the picture for the future is looking pretty good if this trend continues.