Bicycle commuting: still not that popular.

Bicycle Commuting Rates Rocket From 0.5 Percent to 0.6 Percent in Only 32 Years

Bicycle Commuting Rates Rocket From 0.5 Percent to 0.6 Percent in Only 32 Years

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May 8 2014 5:47 PM

Bicycle Commuting Rates Rocket From 0.5 Percent to 0.6 Percent in Only 32 Years

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Today the Census Bureau released the results of a big survey of how Americans commute to work, broken down by age/region/race/income/etc. The report's self-attested top highlight:

The number of U.S. workers who traveled to work by bicycle increased from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 in 2008–2012, a larger percentage increase than that of any other commuting mode.
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Sounds impressive. And bikes/bike lanes/bike commuting are something that you hear about all the time if you live in an urban area. The practice is both socially conscious and self-actualizing, its advocates say.

But how does it stack up against the other ways of getting to work overall? Is it a nationally significant movement, or the indulgence of a relatively negligible number of urban elites?

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Census Bureau

Hmm.

[N.B.: Your author is not an automobile chauvinist. He believes in traversing dense urban areas by using public transportation and walking.]