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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Good news: Bike commuting in Atlanta rose 111 percent

  • Joeff Davis
The League of American Bicyclists combed through U.S. Census data and found that the percentage of Atlantans who pedal to work or school spiked last year.

Writes Decatur Metro:

In Atlanta, the share of bicycle commuters to the total city population rose from .51% to 1.08% from ’08 to ’09, an 111% increase. This was in line with the key takeaway from the League’s analysis that cities with the fewest bike amenities saw the largest year-to-year growth this past year.

Still, Atlanta’s numbers are impressive. That 111% increase propelled the city from a rank of 39th in % of bike commuters in 2008 to 22nd in 2009.

Lain, who also forwarded the study, notes that it’s sort of shocking that Atlanta’s % of bike commuters was almost the same as the city of Chicago, where 1.15% of commuters bike to work.

Of course, it had everything to do with our recent issue about cycling in Atlanta. Yep. (OK, so the data covers a time period before our cycling issue came out, but humor me here.)

You can download the full stats PDF here or check 'em out in browser-friendly form at Bike Emory.

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