There’s a raft of cool stuff in “Analysis of Bicycling Trends and Policies in Large North American Cities,” a new report out by the University Transportation Research Center. It’s authored by John Pucher at Rutgers and Ralph Bueler at Virginia Tech.
I was struck by two things: 1) what a stand-out Portland is, even in North American terms; and 2) how well Minneapolis fares on almost every measure. Portland had better watch out, lest the temperate regions cede bicycling superiority to a place where 20 degrees is, in all seriousness, considered balmy for long stretches of the year.
Apart from that, I don’t feel like I have much to add, so I’ll just highlight a handful of the more intriguing graphics. Our blog platform renders these in a slightly hard-to-read display—I apologize—but they’re worth squinting for.
Top Ten of 100 Largest US Cities by Daily Bike Commuting Levels
Bike Share of Workers in US and Canadian Cities
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Trend in Bike Paths and Lanes
Bike Share of Workers and Average Annual Fatality Rate
Precipitation and temperature data
If you’re into bike wonkery, go read the whole thing.