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Flip Side

by Warren T

Yet another Bicycling Top Ten. This time it’s the U.S. Census Bureau’s 10 Cities Where the Most Employees Bike or Walk to Work.

The large cities with the highest percentage of bicycle commuters are:

1. Portland (3.5 percent)
2. Minneapolis (2.4 percent)
3. Seattle (2.3 percent)
4. Tucson, AZ (2.2 percent)
5. San Francisco (1.8 percent)
6. Sacramento, CA (1.8 percent)
7. Washington, D.C. (1.7 percent)
8. Oakland, CA (1.5 percent)
9. Honolulu (1.4 percent)
9. Denver (1.4 percent)

My own city has the dubious honor of being in the group with the lowest percentage of bicycle commuters with a percentage of 0.1 or less.

Not surprisingly, 4 of the cities make both this and the Top 10 Bike Theft Cities lists…

 
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5 Responses to “Flip Side”

  1. Fritz says:

    I was about to pipe in with Boulder’s 20% and Palo Alto’s 6%, but then I read that this is for “LARGE” cities

  2. Fritz says:

    It should also be mentioned that this census count doesn’t include bicycle use in multi-modal commutes. In San Francisco, Oakland, and Denver, for example, many (most?) cyclists ride transit for at least part of their commute, but those commuters are counted as people who ride transit rather than a bicycle. Most of my commute is on a bus, but I consider myself a bicycle commuter.

  3. Mike in Florida says:

    It’s not surprising that none of the cities are in the south. I know exactly three people who bike commute here on a regular basis—and I’m one of them(if you call a week straight regular). The South is a very car-centric kind of place. I don’t know if there’s a cultural aversion to cycling, if it’s the weather, the roads, or what. But I’ve been a Southerner all my life and never has the bicycle been a signifigant part of the road traffic.

  4. Miss Moppet says:

    I live in a medium-sized Southern city with a big, sprawling college downtown…In the core area there are a huge number of students who use bicycles, but they rarely leave what I would say is a 3-square-mile territory. As soon as you go out of this “zone” seeing cyclists becomes very rare indeed, and accommodations are few. During the academic year I work as staff at the aforementioned college, but during the summer I have a seasonal job at Big Box Retail, which of course is located in Mall Land. On my way to this job I pass by diners, auto repair places, medical offices etc. and people actually stop what they are doing to STARE….I know I’m not that cute; it’s got to be the bicycle! When I lock up in front of my strip mall, all sweaty and gross in the 90 degree-plus heat, I make it a point to smile at people and say hello when they give me the “girl, you are NUTS” look. My co-workers, mostly women 15-20 years older than myself, tease me pretty regularly, but in a nice way.

    One thing about a bicycle down here: There is a certain stereotype of adults who use bicycles for basic transportation–the “now I drive a bike” phenomenon of folks who lost their license by getting too many DUIs. And, of course, it is also equated with poverty. There is definitely an attitude that when you grow up and become respectable, you buy a car. Or a white F-150, as the case may be. Well– I am pretty broke, despite the aging Toyota in my carport, but I am also in great shape! ;)

  5. jeff says:

    @Miss Moppet: Here in the midwest we’ve only got one entry and it’s Minneapolis, which everyone knows is a city taken over by crazy hippies ;)

    I think your experience with bikes-for-DUIs is pretty typical of most American suburbs; I think it is around here, too.

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