(Image captured from Census Explorer’s new Commute Edition)
Certain less geeky news outlets we might mention are reporting today on a report about biking and walking to work (PDF), just out from the Census Bureau.
We haven’t jumped on the news, since we covered this data when it first became publicly available last fall. (We love you, though, OPB.) But one thing that is new on the Census site is a very nice interactive map that quickly plots 22 years of commuting data to the neighborhood level.
Source: Census Transportation Planning Projects. Chart by BikePortland.
Last week, we shared some new Census data showing that people who bike to work in Portland have quicker commutes than you might expect. This week, let’s look at a different question: who bikes? (more…)
“I’d love to bike to work, but it takes too long.”
Actually, nope. Well, depending on how you look at it.
A new report Wednesday from U.S. Public Interest Research Group shows, among other things, that there are many ways to look at the same numbers.
Most Americans, including most Portlanders, “still” drive for transportation? True.
The use of cars is on the longest slide ever recorded, one that seems only partly related to economic trends? Equally true.
And as US PIRG’s latest report, Transportation in Transition: A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America’s Biggest Cities shows, this isn’t just because of the rapid drops in supposedly “weird” enclaves like Portland or Austin. It’s happening almost everywhere. To quote from PIRG: (more…)
Four months after taking charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Leah Treat is walking back an idea she shared in her job interview: the notion that the city’s bike infrastructure is “stagnating.”
“If I had to go through the interview process again, I would change that to say it’s more of a marketing issue,” Treat said, according to the edited Q&A on OregonLive.com. “We’re still way ahead of the country in the transportation arena, it’s just getting lost in the messaging somewhere. So we need to be talking more about the really exciting things that we’re doing.”
(Photo by Gene Bisbee.)
Here’s a secret you won’t hear often: The United States has many cities where biking is far more popular than in Portland.
Two of them are just a two-day bike trip away.
They’re called college towns. And it’s time for urban planners to stop ignoring how well they work and start learning from them.
Portland’s hard-won status as “America’s bike capital” hasn’t looked less secure since it claimed the title in 2005.
The number of Portlanders who get to work primarily by bike was statistically unchanged in 2012, ticking from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent of the city’s working population. Across the whole Portland metro area, bike use held at 2.3 percent.