Bike Commuter Numbers for 2010 released



Bike Commuter Numbers for 2010 released

The League of American Bicyclists released an analysis of the Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey earlier this week.   The last numbers I looked at, for 2008 listed Providence with 1.2% of commuters using bicycles as their primary means of transportation, so with this edition,  seems to be an increase.  Since the  survey is largely compiled using statistical methods and a low number of survey respondents  the error margins are pretty high at about +/-0.5%, but that’s lower than the margin suggested in 2008 of +/-0.7%.

Full Data and better explanation of the limitations of the the ACS data can be found on the League’s blog post, full data for 2010 is available, as is a data sheet of  the 70 largest US cities over the last decade.  Alas, no city in Rhode Island is in the 70 largest.

Apparently, even without State or Cities investing or expanding cycling infrastructure, more people are riding.  Perhaps now we can argue more easily that spending 1.5% of federal surface transportation dollars on making 2% of road users safer is a good investment.

City	State	Population	Total Workers	Percentage of Bicycle Commuters	Number of Bike Commuters	Bike Commuters Margin of Error	Percent of bike commuters who are female	Female Bicycle Estimate	Female Bicycle Margin of Error	Percent of bike commuters who are male	Male Bicycle Estimate	Male Bicycle Margin of Error
USA	USA	309,349,689	136,941,010	0.53%	731,286	15556	26%	193100	7156	74%	538186	13372
Cranston	Rhode Island	80,424	35,793	0.8%	274	294	77%	210	275	23%	64	109
Pawtucket	Rhode Island	71,204	31,761	1.2%	384	343	12%	45	74	88%	339	338
Providence	Rhode Island	178,162	70,344	2.0%	1,422	672	16%	228	237	84%	1194	675


  • Dennis Taylor
    Sep 27, 2011 at 6:48 am

    And just think what those numbers would be if you trained the drivers, fixed the roads and TRIED to get folks out of their cars.

  • Labann
    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Dodging other bicyclists has never been an issue around here, not even on bike paths (or should you call them dog walks?), except peak recreational hours on sunny weekends. Dodging motorists and figuring safe routes is too challenging for most cyclists who prefer commuting by bike less than recreating, even though a regular, repeated 5 to 15 miler is what their doctors want. RIPTA has cut service, too, especially at night.

    Automotive "convenience" clearly wins for all but the sensible, who realize there's none at all (long waits for service, months of earnings to support addiction, roadside breakdowns despite precautions… who can anticipate ruinous potholes?). You know, there are engineers and scientists who can increase reliability, but, like medicine, pushing the state-of-the-art doesn't translate to ham-fisted technicians, who unravel all these advancements just to profit. Cost me $1000 to pass state inspection on a new car with only 25,000 miles. Iway? They ought to fix existing roads first.

    Monday, I fixed a metal debris puncture (right through kevlar belting and Mr. Tuffy!) in 15 minutes and rode my bike home. Cost? $8.50 (CO2 cartridge and tube).