Nationwide Commuting Trends, Pittsburgh increases rank in cycling

Bike commuting rises 37.5 percent in Pittsburgh from 2006 to 2007

The results from the US Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey was just released on September 23rd, and we’ve taken a liking to looking at America’s commuting trends.

Last year, we published the results of the 60 largest cities in the States, and how their residents get to work.

In 2006, Pittsburgh ranked in the top 15 cities in the country for number of city residents that commute by bike with .8 percent. This year, even more people decided to commute on two wheels, increasing our percentage to 1.1, putting us in the top 11 cities, tied with Chicago and Honolulu.

For walking to work, we remained in second place next to Boston with an impressive 12% of us using our own feet.

Hopefully, with the addition of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator in the Planning Department, these numbers will continue to rise. Combined with gas prices, it will be interesting to see what the numbers are for 2008. Considering how inexpensive bike and ped improvements are compared to say highway projects (think Mon-Fay), we hope that even more resources will be dedicated to helping Pittsburghers get around by their own power. Fortunately, we see the city recognizing that this is the cheapest way to transport people, so we’re heading in that direction.

Sadly, the numbers show a decrease in transit usage from last year.

Some other interesting things (at least we think they are)

  • Approximately 1 in 3 Pittsburghers get to work without a personal vehicle
  • Approximately 1 in 8 Pittsburgh workers have no car available
  • We are in the top ten in least number of people transporting themselves in single occupancy vehicles
  • We are also in the top ten in number of people using transit

You can toggle between the different categories at the bottom of the chart. Simply click to sort.


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