Bike-to-work up 50 percent in 2007

Census estimate puts Minneapolis second to Portland, Ore.

If you started pedaling to work last year, you’re not alone.

The number of Minneapolis workers who commute by bicycle jumped 49 percent in 2007, according to a city report highlighting recently released U.S. Census Bureau estimates. About 7,200 city residents biked to work in 2007, up from about 4,840 in 2006.

Maybe those reports of Midtown Greenway traffic jams weren’t exaggerated.

Among the nation’s 50 largest cities, Minneapolis trails only Portland, Ore., in the percentage of people who bike to work, the Census Bureau reported. About 3.8 percent of commuters rode bicycles in Minneapolis, compared to 3.9 percent in Portland.

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  1. Mighk
    Mighk says:

    Dateline 2011 — Orlando:
    High unemployment and high gas prices have resulted in roads nearly empty of cars. Bicycling and scooters have become the modes of choice. Life is pretty good if you have a bike and a job.

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