Friday, December 6, 2013

Percentage of Bicycle Commuters in U.S. Cities Ranking

I was quite surprised when I saw the percentage of bicycle commuters in the large U.S. cities on this survey. Las Vegas, the city my family use to live in made the top 45 list of large U.S. cities ranked by percentage of bicycle commuting, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

If Reno were to be ranked, it would probably fall near Vegas which looks like roughly half of 1% commute by bicycle. Still, I wonder what the percentage equates to in the number of bicycle commuters. Based on the 2010 population census of the Las Vegas metropolitan area of 1,951,269 according to Wikipedia that would mean roughly 9,756 bicycle commuters. In Reno-Sparks, the 2010 census was a total of 315,485 so that would mean 1,577 bicycle commuters (plus two now). That's not a very big bike vote.

I agree with the author in that this shows how big the opportunity is to bring the cities at the bottom of the ranking up to the level of the best biking cities in the nation.
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