Census Bureau Says Bicycle Commuting is on the Rise

bicycleHow did you get to work today? If you drove, took the train or the bus, you’re in the majority. And even if you arrived at the office via bicycle, you’re not alone.

According to a report released yesterday from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans who pedal their way to work increased by 60 percent since 2000. Men are more likely to bike to work than woman and younger employees and people without children are more likely to pedal than older workers and people who have kids.

One reason for the spike? Bike lanes and bike sharing programs. As per a CNN piece, author of the study Brian McKenzie revealed, “In recent years, many communities have taken steps to support more transportation options, such as bicycling and walking.”

Plus, it’s green. In Portland, 6.1 percent of commuters indicated they biked their way to work.  The Oregon destination got a boost in bike ridership after the city created bike lanes covering 330 miles.