Tidbit Tuesday | Philadelphia Continues to Lead the Top 10 Largest US Cities in Bicycle Commuting

 

Every Tuesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

This week we are looking at data published based on the US Census and American Community Survey from the League of American Bicyclists (found here) about bicycle commute rates in the 70 largest cities in the US and how it has changed over time.  We took the top 10 most populous cities in America and graphed percent of commuters who are bicyclists by the year that the data was taken.  It is important to note that the years represented along the x-axis are not at equal intervals, largely due to the change in data collection by the US Census with the addition of the American Community Survey.  Regardless, it is obvious that Philadelphia continues to lead the top 10 largest US cities in bicycle commute mode share!

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4 Responses to Tidbit Tuesday | Philadelphia Continues to Lead the Top 10 Largest US Cities in Bicycle Commuting

  1. Phil says:

    Where are Portland and Seatle?

  2. motuphila215 says:

    Portland and Seattle and not among the top 10 largest cities in the country, so they are not included in this graph. That being said, if you click on the League of American Bicyclists link in the article to the raw data, they are included in their broader table. Hope this is useful!

  3. Bob says:

    motuphila215, including only ‘top 10′ is about as stupid as including only cities that start with a ‘P’.

    Seattle and Portland are major cities, there is no question about that. And their rates of cycling are considerably higher.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._cities_with_most_bicycle_commuters

  4. motuphila215 says:

    You are correct, they are higher! We have included a link the League of American Bicyclists table in the article, please do look at it, they include Portland and Seattle along with all of the other 70 largest cities. We agree that to include on the top 10 largest cities is an arbitrary cutoff, but we had to cut it off somewhere. Thanks for your interest!

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