This is from a UPI story claiming, among other things, that bicycle commuting has been flat since 1990.
The U.S. Census reports that in 2005 0.4 percent of commuters used bikes, just as they did in 1990 and 2000.
Anyone know where the Census gets these numbers? Is it self-reported? It certainly doesn't seem right to me, but then I don't travel around the entire country checking it out.
The Christian Science Monitor reports the number of bicycles sold in the country actually dropped in 2006 after reaching an all-time high in 2005.
This I find a questionable fact. I believe it's true, but I suspect that a lot of those bikes were bought by Lance Armstrong inspired racer-wannabes (and the doping scandal of late is less inspiring). I feel like more bikes are being sold now that cater to commuters - that's what I see when I go to the bike store.
Bicycling advocates say making two-wheel transportation easier and safer will encourage bikers. Some statistics seem to bear that out. In Seattle, which plans to spend $240 million for pike paths and more amenities over 10 years, the number of bicycles in downtown at rush hour increased 57 percent between 1992 and 2000.
I wonder what the stats among urban communities looks like. I wonder if the climb in urban bike commuting is offset by a drop in rural and suburban bike commuting - and kids biking to school.