More people biking to work in Minneapolis

Five percent of residents bike to work, according to the U.S. Census

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

The latest survey, which was released today, is an estimation of percentages based on surveys conducted in 2015. That data shows that 5 percent of Minneapolis residents biked to work that year – a increase from 4.6 percent recorded the previous year. This is the highest percentage the survey has shown for Minneapolis bike commutes to date and the second highest per capita bicycle commuting of all major U.S. cities. The survey also found that 7.5 percent of Minneapolis residents walked to work – which is slightly down from 2014, but the still the second highest on record in the past few decades.

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. The City’s Climate Action Plan sets a goal of having 15 percent of commuters biking to work by 2025.

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.

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

Published Sep 15, 2016

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