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The commuter connection survey definition of "bike commuting" seems short-sighted. If you ride 10 miles and take Metro 8 miles, how do you go to work? Similarly, drive to a Metro Station and then take the train, or use CaBi for the last 2 miles.

The relevant question should be what mode(s) do you use to get to work and where do you use them. You shouldnt use the number of "all the way" bike commuters to judge bike needs, as this would undercount bike use around (e.g) Metro stations.

This "single mode" mindset also reflects the tax code and planning.

Perhaps the rendering is trying to reflect reality to a certain degree? In other words, we all know that just because the rules prohibit something, doesn't mean it won't happen quite regularly (ie, eating on Metro, going over the speed limit, etc). :-)

Good catch on the definition of bike commuting. SJE states the issue concisely, I concur.

Thanks for this info on the CommuterPage survey. Bicycling has a _huge_ potential to impact transit because the "bikeshed" is about 4 times larger than the "walkshed." With a better bicycling network, better bicycle parking, and a good solution to the "what if it rains" problem (rain ponchos in vending machines?), Metro ridership could skyrocket.

But it can't happen if the planners don't get the memo. Surveys that fail to capture information on multi-modal transportation options fail to support those options.

Oops! I meant the Commuter Connections survey.

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