Friday, November 22, 2013

Where We Ride: A Report from the League of American Bicyclists

The Leauge of American Bicyclists recently released their Annual Community Survey Data Report for 2012, where they looked at trends in bicycle commuting throughout the nation. You can download the full report: Where We Ride: Analysis of bicycling in American cities

Unless you're a total numbers geek and want to spend hours pouring over the whole report, you're probably just wondering, "Okay, so where is Cleveland in the results?" For you, here's a summary of all the times Cleveland is mentioned in the report:

  • Cleveland ranks 40th for bicycling commuting mode share (0.6%) out of the 70 largest cites in the US. (Columbus, Ohio ranks 35th on this list.)
  • In the top 50 cites where bicycle commuting is growing the fastest, Cleveland ranks 5th. Bike commuting in Cleveland grew by 385% between 1990 and 2012, and by 192.4% between 2000 and 2012.
  • When compared to other cities with a population between 300,000 and 1 million, Cleveland ranks 31st out of 53 cities for bicycle commuting mode share.
The final part of the report appeals to sports fans, where 5 pairs of cities that are typical rivals on the playing field (e.g. New York vs. Boston, St. Louis vs. Kansas City) are compared when it comes to bike commuting. Comparing Pittsburgh to Cleveland, Pittsburgh comes out on top when it comes to bike commuting mode share (1.4%), but Cleveland comes out ahead in both bike commuting growth in 1 year and bike commuting growth from 2005 to 2012 (60.1% vs. 35.9%).

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