The Alliance for Biking & Walking just released a report that ranks all 50 states and the 51 largest cities in the U.S. on bicycling and walking levels as well as safety, funding and more. Here are the top 10 cities:
- Washington, DC
- San Francisco
- New York
- Portland, OR
- New Orleans
I wasn’t surprised to learn that Seattle ranked #4 on the list, and Washington state #15 – those numbers bear out what we’ve always known, that this is a great place for cyclists. I did find some of the statistics they mentioned (below) interesting. Do any of them surprise you?
- In 2009, 40% of trips in the United States were shorter than 2 miles, yet Americans use their cars for 87% of trips 1 to 2 miles.
- Bicycling and walking levels fell 66% between 1960 and 2009, while obesity levels increased by 156%.
- Between 1966 and 2009, the number of children who bicycled or walked to school fell 75%, while the percentage of obese children rose 276%.
- Bicycling and walking projects create 11-14 jobs per $1 million spent, compared to just 7 jobs created per $1 million spent on highway projects