US Bike Commuter Map



A recent post on provided an interactive map of US bike commuting activity.  It’s worth a few minutes of your time to take a quick look.  A few things to note:

  • Date is based on the 2011 census numbers
  • Bike commuting numbers do not necessarily reflect everyone who uses a bike for at least a portion of your commute.  For instance, if you ride your bike to the train, but the majority of your commuting distance is covered by train, then only the train portion will count
  • Many RI municipalities reported no bike commuting data and a few reported no bike commuting

Presumably, this data is compiled from information households provide.  If this is the case, then I’m scratching my head over why some municipalities report zero bike commuting and others have no reported data?  Perhaps even more important than this map is the interactive changes map.  The subset of the map at the right shows a net decrease of bike commuters between the 2006 census and the 2011 census.  While NYC and Boston (Cambridge really) show dramatic upswings in bike commuting, we are heading the other direction.  In my mind, this is a clear indication of what an impact those in charge, mayors in both cities, can have.  It also shows that our work is far from done.

Hopefully, we will see Newport on this map after the next round of census numbers come out?


  • Matt Moritz
    Feb 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

    The data comes from the American Community Survey, and as the name suggests, is a statistical analysis of random survey participants. I was a part of the 2011 and 2012 Surveys by virtue of the address of my home, but in none of the 6 sessions was I asked about transportation. Access to food, employment data and tobacco use. Communities below a certain size do not get a rollup in the data. I would imagine the “no data” means that the survey didn’t ask the transportation question of anyone in that survey zone to extrapolate the data.

  • Labann
    Feb 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    No surprise. With no safe plan through its central hub, Providence, you can’t expect too many to choose cycling here despite the fact it was the home of the League of American Wheelmen and a relatively flat place with 4 seasons of decent weather.