Bike Commuting Up in Philly, Census Bureau Data Confirms
Among the 10 largest cities in the country, Philadelphia has the highest percentage of bicycle commuters, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This year, with 2.3 percent of commuters opting for two wheels—up 28 percent from 2011—Philly widened the gap between #2 bike-commuting city Chicago, where only 1.6 percent of commuters ride bikes.
But the picture isn’t so rosy for the ‘burbs. Reports the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia:
Bike commuting levels remain stubbornly low, with all the PA counties each reporting just a 0.2% bicycle commute mode share. Our nearby New Jersey counties are more diverse. Gloucester County registered the lowest rate in the region, at 0.1% or one in a thousand, and zero female bike commuters. Only Mercer County, NJ reported a bicycle commute share that was above the national average of 0.64%.