Great job Portland! The Census Bureau announced the results from its 2008 American Communities Survey, and the results show Portlanders choosing active, healthy commute choices.
While transit and walking also saw significant increases (29% and 20%, respectively), the percentage of surveyed Portlanders biking to work jumped 52% to 6.4% of those surveyed. Portland continues to hold the highest bike commute rate among the nation's 30 largest cities.
Sky-high gas prices likely (ahem) fueled the major shifts. TriMet has reported decreases in ridership in recent months, which are probably also caused by rising unemployment.
In the coming month, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will release it Annual Bicycle Count reports for 2009.
- PBOT's 2008 bike count report can be viewed here.
- Read the pedestrian count here.
- TriMet's FY 2008-09 summary report.