For Immediate Release
Carolyn Szczepanski 
Director of Communications
League of American Bicyclists
(202) 355-3048,

Infographics: Where is Bike Commuting Growing Fastest?  

Bike to Work Day highlights rise in ridership in Bicycle Friendly Communities

Washington, D.C. -- May 16, 2013 -- Tomorrow morning, thousands of Americans will pedal out of their driveways, taking part in National Bike to Work Day -- and a national trend from coast to coast.

The past decade has seen dramatic growth in biking, with the total number of trips more than doubling from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009, according to the National Household Travel Survey.

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, Bike to Work Day will be celebrated in hundreds of communities nationwide on Friday, May 17, highlighting the health, economic and community benefits of bicycling with local commuter convoys, energizer stations, breakfast rallies and more.
Where has bike commuting grown the most? In Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) that have made smart, strategic investments to make biking better.

From 2000 to 2011, the bicycle commuting rate has risen 80% in the largest Bicycle Friendly Communities -- far above the average growth of 47% nationwide and more than double the rate of 32% in the cities not designated as bicycle-friendly.      

In fact, in many Bicycle Friendly Communities, including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Denver and Lexington, Ky., the rate of bike commuting has more than doubled since 2000.   

Click here to see the full infographics.

"I see the dramatic increase in ridership on my own daily bike commute," said League President Andy Clarke. "And it's definitely more pronounced in those communities -- like Arlington County and the District of Columbia -- that are proactively improving conditions for bicycling and following the Bicycle Friendly Community blueprint."

Looking for bike commute data for your area?
  • Click here to download 2010 bicycle commuting data for all 375 cities included in the American Community Survey
  • Click here to download bicycle commute data from 1990 to 2011 for the 70 largest U.S. cities, including percentage of bicycle commuters and percent change
  • Click here for 2011 state commute rates, including bicycle commuting by gender
Learn more about Bike to Work Day, find events in your area and statistics about bicycle commuting at

Learn more about the Bicycle Friendly America program and view the full list of Bicycle Friendly Communities at   



About the League: 
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. Learn more.