A Closer Look into the ACS Mode Share Data for the District

Bike mode share continues to increase in the District, even as other cities seen slower growth or a  reduction bike use. With over 16,000 commuter bicyclists, the District is a national leader in bike mode share. While there are a number of factors that contribute to the District's status, it appears that  women bicyclists - among other groups - are helping drive the city's success, according to data from the Census.

As reported by Streetsblog and the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council, the League of American Bicyclists looked at 2016 Census Bureau data on how Americans commute, specifically how they commute by bike. Called the American Community Survey (ACS), it is a nationwide survey designed to show communities how they are changing over time. The ACS collects information on age, race, income, home value, veteran status, and other important data.

The League complied this data and produced a comprehensive report called Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities. …

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