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.
- 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.Tweet Print