This Friday, May 16 is Bike to Work Day, which seemed like a good excuse to take a look at how people get to work in the Capital Region. And, thanks to the Census Bureau, there are some numbers that can give us some sense of that.
So, let's have a look -- at how people get to work, how long it takes them, and when they leave...
There are cars, and then everything else
The overwhelming majority of people in the Capital Region get to work by car: about 88 percent, according to Census Bureau estimates. (In this case, Capital Region = the four core counties + Schoharie. MOE = margin of error.)
The table above shows the various modes of transportation with the Census estimates of what percent of workers 16 and over use that mode to get to work.
Relative to other modes of transportation, very few people in this area ride a bike to work -- though it's still about 1,300 people. (That number is squishy because the margin of error is so large relative to the estimated percentage of people.)
That's not surprising given we're looking at the whole Capital Region. If you zoom in on a few of the denser places within the region, the rates do increase a bit. But even so, Albany leads the Capital Region in the estimated percentage of people who bike to work -- and its estimate is just .9 percent. (That's about 400 people.)
More tables and graphs
There are a bunch of other Capital Region commuting bits in graphs, tables, a map above -- click or scroll all the way up.
Though the number of people nationally who bike is small, it is growing, according to a Census Bureau report out recently. And in the nation's largest cities, it figures the rate is now about 1 percent (up from .6 percent a decade ago).
The big city with the highest rate of bike commuting: Portland, Oregon, at 6.1 percent. (Surprise.)
The Census Bureau also noted that people were most likely to walk to work in the Northeast (4.7 percent) and in college towns. In fact, Ithaca, New York led the nation's small cities in the percent of people who walked to work -- 42 percent.
All numbers via the Census Bureau American Community Survey 2012 5-year.
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