photo by Palisade Chamber of Commerce and Jim Cox Photography
The non-profit cycling advocate organization PeopleForBikes knew lots of Americans ride their bikes. But they wanted more details to be able to support those riders. To that end the organization contracted Breakaway Research Group to dig in.
The results may surprise you:
• Thirty-four percent of Americans ages three and older rode a bicycle at least one day in the past year.
• Of those who rode a bicycle, 30 percent rode five days or fewer.
• Those who rode for transportation are much more likely to have done so to get to and from social, recreation, or leisure activities (70 percent) than to have commuted to and from work or school (46 percent).
• Forty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. don’t have access to an operational bicycle at home.
• Fifty-four percent of adults in the U.S. perceive bicycling as a convenient way to get from one place to another and 53 percent would like to ride more often. However, 52 percent worry about being hit by a car and 46 percent say they would be more likely to ride a bicycle if motor vehicles and bicycles were physically separated.
Check out the full report at peopleforbikes.org.