Bike Commuting Infographic

Commuting Map

As part of an advanced cartography class at the University of Oregon, grad student Kory Northrop created a cool infographic showing bike commuting trends in the U.S. (click here to open the PDF map). The graphic depicts the total number of bike commuters, gender splits, mode share, government spending on infrastructure, and fatalities. Kory’s poster received Best Poster honors at the 8th Annual Region X Student Transportation Conference at OSU.

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7 Responses to “Bike Commuting Infographic”

  • Mitchell Connell says:

    Yeah Nashville! We made it on the list :)

  • Jason Brune says:

    Being from Portland, I’m proud of our cities numbers, but it has bothered me for a long time that men make up the majority of bicycle commuters. And if you consider race, I’m sure the numbers are even worse. The bicycle is such a great equalizer, but the numbers tell a different story.

  • Ron Whitmire says:

    That’s interesting data. I’m happy to see that Michigan appears to be well represented and to have less of a gender gap than some states. Though I would imagine most of that would be coming from Ann Arbor and East Lansing. In fact, states with Big 10 schools seem to do well overall and I should think the large university towns are the reason. I’m assuming that college students are counted as bike commuters.

  • Arbie says:

    If that’s the case, what’s stopping women and minorities from biking?

  • Jessica says:


    I can’t speak for minorities, but I can say that in any given family, women are more likely to run the errands. Especially errands that involve children. A mom’s daily routine looks something like: drop little Timmy at day care, take Joe to school, get to the office, work a full day, pick up Timmy and Joe, take Joe to soccer practice, stop by the grocery store. Can you do that by bike? Sure. But why on earth *would* you, if you’re just an average person and not already a bike enthusiast? Dads, of course, contribute to these things, but the default is usually for Mom to do it.

  • Fergie says:

    Totally agree with Jessica – my wife puts about 80% of the miles on our car just running the kids around. We’re hoping to change that in the next year as my oldest son enters kindergarden which is about a mile away from our house. It’s flat and bikeable and I’ll build us up a longtail bike to transport him and his brother to school/daycare and I hope to do my share of delivering/picking up. We hope to use the car mainly for out of town trips and big shopping runs once we get our ‘kid delivery system’ set up. My wife will still be the primary drop off/pick up person from school, so whatever we do has to work for her. My bicycle commute is a free and easy time for me, and I know my wife is frequently jealous of it..

  • Richard says:

    I think another reason for the gender gap is that, statistically speaking, men tend to be less risk averse. They are therefore probably more likely to bicycle in environments that are unprotected from cars. In European cities with extensive networks of separated bikeways, slower traffic in downtowns, a more comfortable riding environment, and much better bicycle safety statistics, the gender gap disappears. I would venture to guess that if Portland or another US city becomes as safe to bicycle in as Amsterdam, we’d see the same thing.

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