A Substantial Increase in U.S. Bicycle Commuters

The 2008 American Community Survey (conducted and released by the U.S. Census Bureau) data was presented recently.

Good news for bicycle commuters — there are 43% more of us out there than there was in the 2000 Census. People who use a bicycle as their primary means of getting to and from work hovers right around 0.5%…still a tiny fraction, but getting better every year!

Here is some “at a glance” information to peruse, and the complete table from the 2008 ACS (Table S081 — Commuting Characteristics by Sex).

This information and more can be found at the U.S. Census Bureau’s excellent “American Fact Finder“. Take a look for yourself!

Have you noticed more bike commuters on the roads and in the offices where you live and work? I’m running across more and more new faces every week…and while Tampa has a LONG way to go to reach the levels of some of the more bike-friendly cities (Portland, Minneapolis, San Francisco, etc.), the new faces are giving me hope that people are starting to get it.

About the author

Bicycle commuter since 1989, bicycle enthusiast for 30+ years. I am a Bookmobile/Books By Mail librarian at a large library system and the proud father of two wonderful boys.