Bike commuting in DC highest in US Northeast - among highest in nation

According to a recent article in the The Atlantic Cities, bike commuting has seen significant increases across the US between 2000 and 2009.  In the Northeast region, DC led the pack, tied with Philadelphia, at 2.2%.  That is up from 1.2% in 2000.Bike commuting table
Although DC's increase in cycling was not as remarkable as some of the other Northeastern cities, DC started the decade with more bike commuters.

Of the 55 cities reported in the study, only 9 showed a decline in percentage of bike commuters, while 21 cities doubled or more than doubled their biking percentages.  The city with the greatest percentage of bike commuters is Portland OR with 5.8%.  The only other cities with higher bike commuting percentages than the Washington DC region were:
  • Minneapolis - 3.0%
  • San Francisco - 3.0%
  • Seattle - 3.0%
  • Oakland - 2.5%
  • New Orleans - 2.5%
  • Honolulu - 2.3%
Having bike commuted fairly regularly since the mid 90's, I can vouch that there are a lot more bike commuters now than there were then.

1 comment:

  1. In my opinion, if everyone start to ride on bike when they go anywhere is the best way of reducing energy consumption. If we use bike, we will reduce our fuel consumption which will lessen the air pollution we produce in riding our automobile.