Our 2016 Year End Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the year-end survey this past December! We figured maybe some of our readers would be curious about who some of our other readers are, and lots of people like to geek out over stats (myself included), so here are the results to a few of the questions we asked.

Who You Are:

89% of survey respondents were male.

Age-wise, 58% of those who completed the survey are between the ages of 45 and 64. 19% are aged 35 to 44, and over 13% are 65 or older. 75% have at least a college degree.

74% are married, but 60% have no children.

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how many kids

Where You Live:

About 30% of survey -takers live in a small city or medium-sized town, and another 30% live in the suburbs of a major city. 21% live in a neighborhood of a major city.

where you live

Bikes, Bikes, Bikes:

95% of survey respondents rated their skill and/or experience level as either intermediate or advanced.

cycling skill and experience

Almost 80% of survey participants enjoy recreational road riding. 61% enjoy riding on rail trails and bike paths. 57% commute back and forth to work or school, and 52% ride for utility purposes, like doing errands. 40% like to tour, 44% take part in organized group rides, and 43% enjoy gravel grinding and dirt road touring. 45% also like to mountain bike.

type of riding

40% of the people who responded to our survey have more than 6 bikes in their household, and about 70% have more than 3. We’re all about the bikes!

how many bikes

When purchasing bikes and other cycling-related goods, 94% of our readers head on over to their local bike shop, and many of them shop online as well.

where to shop for cycling stuff

Lifestyle:

Our survey respondents don’t only bike. 74% enjoy hiking or backpacking, 42% like to car camp, 38% enjoy photography, and 32% do paddle sports. Many also enjoy skiing or snowboarding, running, fishing, and yoga.

other outdoor interests

What about you? Are you mostly part of the majority in the cycling world, or are you a little different?

 

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PeopleForBikes releases comprehensive bike riding survey

Bicycle riding is on the rise in the U.S., or so we hear, but what kind of bicycling? And where? And by whom?

Those are some of the questions addressed in a new study released today by PeopleForBikes, based on the general population of the country, not just cyclists. Conducted by the Breakaway Research group in the fall of 2014 it measures cycling across all types of riders and all types of cycling.

According to PeopleForBikes, most cycling surveys only address specific types of cyclists and their habits—commuters, inner city residents, racers, etc. The the U.S. Bicycling Participation Benchmarking Report not only measures participation, it also addresses cycling’s perceptions and barriers in the U.S.

Key finding:

  • 34 percent of Americans aged three and older rode a bicycle at least one day in the past year.
  • Of those who rode a bicycle, many do so infrequently: 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).
  • 48 percent of adults in the U.S. don’t have access to an operational bicycle at home.
  • 54 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 from automobile traffic.

In all, more than 16,000 completed interviews were conducted, and PeopleForBikes hopes to continue to conduct surveys like this one at least every three years.

You can learn more about the survey and see the full results at peopleforbikes.org.

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