Politics and Cycling

Here’s another one for you: a poll conducted recently by Pew Research and reported by/built upon by the Huffington Post (yeah, I know) shows “lifestyle polarization” based on political party affiliation. No real surprise there. The Huffington Post part focused on bicycles, bike commuting, and bike infrastructure:

We were inspired to ask these questions by the bike lane wars we had seen erupting in communities, including in nearby Alexandria, Virginia.

In theory, most respondents to a HuffPost/YouGov poll tended to agree with the concept of bikes and cars sharing the road. Three-fourths of voters agree that roads should accommodate both cars and bikes, while a minority (18%) thinks roads should be for cars only.

The article (click here) goes on to show some disparities between Democrat and Republican respondents. Some of the percentages may surprise you a bit, and that’s why it is important to remember that bike commuters are a diverse lot, with differing party affiliations, work histories, economic statuses, and more. We can’t all be painted with the same broad brush.


  1. bigbenaugust August 19, 2014 8:11 am 

    I would probably screw up that poll pretty well. :)

  2. listenermark August 21, 2014 7:00 pm 

    In my very conservative community riding your bike to work or the grocery is considered by some* to be borderline sedition.

    *actually it’s always a guy, usually large, and often encountered piloting a gigantic pick up truck with a very faded mccain/palin bumper-sticker.

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