Bike riding is on the rise in America. A report released by pro-bicycling nonprofit PeopleforBikes details the bicycle participation of Americans, revealing who’s biking, how often, and where.
via Triple Pundit:
Nearly a third of Americans ride
More Americans rode for recreation (32 percent or 95.5 million) than for transportation (15 percent or 45.1 million). But in both groups nearly 60 percent rode twice a month or less often. On a typical day, participants reported riding a median of 30 minutes.
Out of those who didn’t ride, only 12 percent have never ridden. Twenty-nine percent said they predict they will ride in the future, but 44 percent said they will not ride in the future. When riding for transportation, going to social events and running errands are the two most commonly reported types of trips.
Barriers to riding
Two significant obstacles that are keeping people from riding are safety (which is one of the fundamental beliefs behind the Green Lanes Project) and the lack of access to an operational bicycle (48 percent of adults). Fifty-four percent of participants think bicycling is a convenient way to commute, but 52 percent are nervous about traffic. Fifty-three percent would like to ride a bike more often, and 46 percent said that they would be more likely to ride if they had access to protected bike lanes.
These infrastructure obstacles impact young adults more than older adults. However, 31 percent of total participants said that they are satisfied with the bike infrastructure available to them in their areas, and 29 percent reported that they have no difficulty combining bicycling and public transportation in their towns.