The American Communities Survey published its commuter mode share estimates for 2010 this morning and the news is great for Denver!
Denver’s bicycle commuter mode share increased to 2.2% in 2010, up from 1.8% in 2009. That’s a 22% increase in one year and is more than 4 times the national average of 0.5%. Since 2005, the percentage of bicycle commuting in Denver has increased by 57.1%, and since 2000 it has increased by 131.6%. Nationally, Denver compares well with other large cities. As shown in the graph below, Denver ranks 6th among the 43 cities with populations over 400,000. Thanks to Andy Duvall, Vice Chair of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, for putting this graph together (click to enlarge).
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This impressive increase is due in no small part to the diligent work of Denver’s bicycle advocacy organizations and strong city leadership that has made increasing active transportation a priority for Denver’s Public Works and Community Planning & Development departments. Over the past several years, Public Works has added many miles of bike lanes and facilities to the Denver street grid, making it easier for commuters to make the choice to bicycle to work. Just last week, Larimer street from Downing to Broadway joined an impressive list of streets downtown streets with marked bike lanes. In addtion to Larimer, new bicycle lanes on Champa, Stout, Bannock, Welton, Glenarm, Washington, Emerson, 16th into the Highlands and 22nd from City Park have made getting into Downtown on bicycle more possible over the past two years.