Number of Philly bicyclists rises in most recent study

bicycleIt’s happening: The number of bicyclists in Philadelphia has risen over the past year, making us (still) the most biked big city in the U.S.

The numbers, put together by the American Community Survey, looked at the 70 largest cities in the U.S., and the national numbers, and found biking up almost everywhere.

In Philly specifically, about 2.3 percent of people commute by bicycle, which is up from our 2011 rate: 1.8 percent. The number is particularly warm for bicyclists and bike advocates because we also saw our population jump in 2010 for the first time in a half-century. (The Census found 1,528,306 people live in Philadelphia; if 2.3 percent commute by bicycle, that means 35,151 are on two wheels.)

We’re at the highest rate amongst the largest cities, which include Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, San Jose, and Dallas, as per this handy graphic put together by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.

bicyclecommuting-011Amongst the 70 largest cities, we’re 11th. First—obviously—is Portland, Oregon, with 6.1 percent, followed by Minneapolis, MN, Washington, DC, Seattle, WA, and San Francisco, CA. Nationally, .61 percent of Americans commute by bike. In the most-biking-est cities, that rate is 1.16 percent. Check out the complete list here. It’s a good time to be alive.

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