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Good news for bicycle commuting!

Census data indicates rise in bike commuting
Washington, D.C. – Bike commuting grew 10 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The bureau’s American Community Survey showed that about 0.64 percent of commutes by bicycle, which represents an almost 10 percent increase from 2011, when the bike commute estimate was 0.55  percent. according to the League of American Bicyclists, this was the largest year-on-year increase in bicycle commuting since 2007-2008. The League also cited a 61.6 percent increase in bicycle commuting since 2000 and an 11 percent increase in women bike commuters since 2011, indicating that growth in bike commuting by women is outpacing that of men. The ACS figures estimate the number of commutes that take place by all modes of transportation. Non-commuting trips are not counted.

Photo: Ian Thomas Ash - Tokyo, Japan

Photo: Ian Thomas Ash – Tokyo, Japan

Did you know that May is Go By Bike Month and Bike Safety Month? When many of us think about riding a bike in this country we think about it in a recreational sense. Yet the bicycle can really address a lot of the issues of our country such as dependence on oil, traffic congestion and the increasing obesity epidemic in both young and old. Have you thought about replacing a few of your trips by car by using you bicycle? This is one of my favorite statistics; 40% of all trips are within two miles of the home. Initially maybe a little hard to believe, but then stop and think about it, it is realistic. I bet you can ride your bicycle for two miles. Which of these trips could you use your bike instead of your car? Taking your children to and from school, sports practices, trip to the store for those few eggs that you need? How about the trip to the local hardware store for that one item you need to complete your project? Could you ride to work once or twice a month?

In 1964, 50% of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12%…in 2004, 3%rode to school and the obesity rate was 45%. That is a huge change and the trend isn’t changing. Between 1960 and today the average weight of a 6-11 year old has increased 11 pounds. Another statistic; the average adult gains two pounds a year. Small changes in your family’s lifestyle and habits can lead to large improvements in your family’s health.

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