We're biking to work like never before - especially if we're smart, low-paid and live in Portland

Staff writerMay 9, 2014 

Americans are commuting by bicycle in increasing numbers, the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week.

The number of bike-commuters has increased some 60 percent over the past decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 at the end of 2012, the bureau reported.

Among the data:

• Bicyclists account for 0.6 percent of all commuters.

• Portland, Ore. leads the nation in the number of bike commuters, at 6.1 percent, up from 1.8 percent in 2000. 

• The number of people who walk to work has stabilized. In 1980, 5.6 percent of workers walked. By 2000, the rate had declined to 2.9 percent. That figure has remained unchanged. Boston has the largest number of walkers, at 15.1 percent of all commuters.

• The West had the largest number of bike commuters at 1.1 percent. The South had the lowest, at 0.3 percent.

• Men were more likely than women to commute by bike, 0.8 percent of all men compared to 0.3 percent for women.

• Rated by education, those commuters with a graduate or professional degree and those with less than a high school diploma biked the most, at 0.9 percent and 0.7 percent respectively.

• Those with an income of $10,000 or less commuted by bicycle the most.

• The median commute time for people who walk to work was 11.5 minutes.`


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