The American Community Survey (ACS) recently confirmed what many people have felt anecdotally: More people are commuting by bike!
The ACS is a major data source used by communities throughout the nation to plan investments and services. Their survey shows a 10% jump in the rate of bike commuting from 2011 to 2012.
This is the largest year-on-year increase since 2007-2008, showing that people are choosing to use their bicycles for transportation not just in response to economic crisis, but because bicycles are leading the way to recovery. Since 2000, ACS data shows a 61.6% increase in bicycle commuting. The total number of women bike commuters in 2012 grew with almost 11% from 2011, compared to 8.4% for men.