New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey shows that the state of Oregon is a national leader in the number of people who ride a bicycle to work.
According to the new "Journey to Work" numbers, 6 percent of people in the city of Portland use a bicycle as their main mode of transportation to work. That's the highest number of the top 70 largest cities in the country. Oregon also led the way in metro areas of all sizes with the Corvallis and Eugene areas taking the top two spots with 9.3 and 6 percent respectively.
This guest post is by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot, a new "10-minute newsmagazine" and wiki about low-car life in Portland.
The most recent data collected by the U.S. Census's American Community Survey (ACS) shows that the number of Portlanders who commute to work by bicycle has dropped from 4.4% in 2006 to 4.2% in 2007.
The survey asked, "How did you usually get to work last week?", and 10,987 people (out of just over 280,000) replied that they used their bicycle (the 4.2% number is arrived at after subtracting the number of respondents that work at home).
This decline would be the first drop in Portland's bike-to-work mode split as reported by the ACS since at least 1990 (when the number was 1.12%). (more...)