Commuting growth in the U.S.

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


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.


  1. Mike Myers

    I really couldn’t imagine a less pleasant place to be a bike commuter than New Orleans.

    Let’s see—-I want to ride my bike for transporation in a place that’s hotter and more humid than Florida, has a massively high crime rate AND an inept police force. No thanks.

    It’s nice that NO is spending the money to provide bike infrastructure, but in New Orleans I think I want a car to separate me from the murderous horde. Just a thought from an expat Louisiana native.

  2. Matthew

    It is great to see such a rapid growth across the country though. The possibility of being mugged in NO that Mike worries about aside, the health benefits are still positive. And in a lot of these areas cycling is quicker, cheaper and way more relaxing than driving!

  3. Ghost Rider

    Aw, I always really enjoyed my bike rides around NOLA, especially at night. I avoided the main roads and got to see some wILD stuff in the various neighborhoods between the Garden District and Warehouse District/French Quarter. This was all very pre-Katrina (late 80s, early 90s).

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