Minneapolis second in nation for bicycle commuting

More people are getting to and from work by bicycling or walking, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The latest survey, which was released this week, is an estimation of percentages based on surveys conducted in 2012. That data shows that 6.9 percent of Minneapolis residents walked to work that year – an increase from 5.8 percent in 2011.  Also, 4.5 percent of Minneapolis residents biked to work, which is up from 3.4 percent in 2011 and is also our highest percentage to date. While these estimates are within the margin of error, they show that pedestrian and bicycle commuting in Minneapolis is holding steady and likely growing. Overall, the survey found that of major cities in the U.S., Minneapolis has the second highest per capita bicycle commuting and the ninth highest pedestrian commuting.

The American Community Survey is an ongoing survey that produces important statistics about our nation’s people. Unlike the Census long-form questionnaire that collects similar data only every 10 years, this report provides a snapshot annually of how Americans live.

The City of Minneapolis has a goal around becoming a better city for bicycling and walking. City policies and priorities seek to increase the number of trips made by bicycle or walking among city residents, workers and visitors. Walking and biking instead of driving has many benefits, including less greenhouse gas pollution, less traffic congestion, less maintenance costs for roadways and most importantly, a healthier population.

For more information on bicycling and walking in Minneapolis, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles and www.minneapolismn.gov/pedestrian.

Published Sep 20, 2013