According to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period.
Today the Census Bureau also released a new commuting edition of the interactive map Census Explorer, which gives Web visitors easy click-and-zoom access to commuting statistics for every neighborhood in the U.S. It also shows how commuting has changed since 1990 at the neighborhood, county and state level — including how long it takes to get to work, commutes longer than an hour, and number of bikers. This edition of Census Explorer uses statistics from the American Community Survey, the best national source of commuting statistics down to the neighborhood level.
Although the South still lags well behind national use, this is a trend worth monitoring since it could change how we prioritize transportation infrastructure and funding.
As the Tallahassee area continues to promote and facilitate bicycle mobility throughout the region, commuters should take a second look at the viability of biking to work. It’s cheaper, it’s clearn, and it’s healthy.