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Commuting growth in the U.S.

Here’s an interesting infographic I stumbled across on the League of American Bicyclists website this evening:

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The information is gleaned from the National Household Travel Survey, and:

The number of bicyclists is growing rapidly from coast to coast. The National Household Travel Survey showed that the number of trips made by bicycle in the U.S. more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009.

Thanks, in part, to encouragement efforts like Bike to Work Day, the number of bike commuters is on the rise, as well — especially in Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, from 2000 to 2011, the 39 Bicycle Friendly Communities among the 70 largest U.S. cities saw a 80% increase in bicycle commuting.

One caveat: this is from 2010/2011 data — information is only “periodically” collected by the Federal Highway Administration. To take a look at the rest of the LAB article (which includes a link to download a PDF version of the infographic), please visit their site by clicking here.

“Road Diets” now a proven safety measure…

We spotted this over at the League of American Bicyclists blog and thought it would be worth sharing with you:

In January, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety placed Road Diets on the official list of Proven Safety Countermeasures. States are actively encouraged to use the listed safety countermeasures and FHWA provides guidance on their application. Road Diets slow traffic by reducing car travel lanes and replacing them with things like bike lanes and center turn lanes.

In the full article, the LAB talks with Federal Highway Administration Associate Administrator for Safety Tony Furst, where Mr. Furst discusses some of the procedures of getting road diets on the Safety Countermeasures list and the ramifications for road users. It’s worth a read…take a look for yourself.