I applied for a job on Tuesday in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (Twin Cities).
I had heard that more people, as a percentage of all commuters, commute by bike in Minneapolis and St. Paul than in Chicago and many other cities. If you’ve been reading Steven can plan for a while, you know that I visited Minneapolis in September 2009 and rented a bike for 24 hours.
I used the American FactFinder to get the details. And now I know what I heard is true.
|Workers over 16||1,230,809||190,814||131,798|
|Ride bikes to work||12,755||6,770||1,567|
|Bike mode share||1.04%||3.55%||1.19%|
Permalink to data results. Data from the 2006-2008 3-year American Community Survey estimates, tableÂ B08301.
Knowing these figures led me to question the nothing that Chicago is a bicycle-friendly city. If it’s so friendly to riding a bicycle, how come there aren’t more people riding their bikes to work?
One of my ideas: There are many trails criss-crossing Hennepin and Ramsey Counties that go to and through major neighborhoods and employment centers. These are essentially bike highways without the threat of a automobiles.