Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Oregon ranked No. 1 for bicycle commuting

Oregon is ranked No. 1 among U.S. states for its percentage of bicycle commuters, 2.5 percent, according to a community survey data report issued by the League of American Bicyclists.

(The finding comes as little surprise to this bicycle commuter, who lives and rides in a community where major roads have dedicated bike lanes and connector streets have “sharrow” shared-roadway markings. I admit to disappointment, however, that even in the top-ranked state, the percentage is not higher.)

Between 2005 and 2012, the percentage of bicycle commuters in Oregon increased by 61.7 percent, from 1.5 percent in 2005.

The data comes from a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

As explained by the League of American Bicyclists, the survey was based upon a sample of the U.S. population. Bicycle commuters were only counted in the data if they use a bicycle as their primary mode for commuting to work.

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