More people are biking to work in Minneapolis than ever before, city says


More people are getting to work on two wheels.

The latest U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey shows 5 percent of Minneapolis residents are biking to work.

That's the highest percentage recorded on the survey for Minneapolis, and marks the second-highest per capita bicycle commuting percentage of all major U.S. cities, the City of Minneapolis said in an email news release.

Minneapolis is just behind Portland, Oregon, where 7 percent of the city's population bikes to work, the League of American Bicyclists says. St. Paul came in at No. 11 out of 70 on the list, with 2.1 percent of its population biking to work.

Biking has been the fastest-growing mode of transportation to get to work, the Census Bureau said. But this is the first year since 2010 where the percentage of people who bike has decreased, the League of American Bicyclists reports, noting it has gone down by 3.8 percent nationwide.

That's not the case in Minneapolis, though. Residents who choose two wheels to get to work has grown steadily since 2000, when only 1.9 percent used a bicycle, according to the Census Bureau.

This is good news for the city, which has a goal of becoming a better place for people to bike and walk. Minneapolis has made it a priority to increase the number of people who are using more eco-friendly ways to get around, and by 2025 it hopes to have 15 percent of commuters using a bicycle to get to the office, its Climate Action Plan shows.

For more on who bikes to work, check out this Census Bureau report from earlier this year (based on 2014 statistics, not the updated transportation data released this week). To search through the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, which looks at everything from health care to transportation, click here.

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