People for Bikes has completed a study of bicycle use in the U.S. Big take away: more people would ride bicycles if they felt safer by being physically separated from motor vehicles. Story is available here.
Key findings include:
- Thirty-four percent of Americans ages 3+ rode a bicycle at least one day in the past year.
- Of those who rode a bicycle, 30% rode five days or fewer.
- Those who rode for transportation are much more likely to have done so to get to and from social, recreation, or leisure activities (70%) than to have commuted to and from work or school (46%).
- Forty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. don’t have access to an operational bicycle at home.
- Fifty-four percent of adults in the U.S. perceive bicycling as a convenient way to get from one place to another and 53% would like to ride more often. However, 52% worry about being hit by a car and 46% say they would be more likely to ride a bicycle if motor vehicles and bicycles were physically separated.
It is hard to read study after study and not determine that our bicycle infrastructure is highly inadequate.