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Biking To Work Could Be Lonely

Biking To Work Could Be Lonely

More People Walk to Work Than Bike

Friday is National Bike to Work day, and if you ride to your job in Albuquerque you’ll be in a very tiny minority.

That’s because almost no one bicycles to work here. Well, only 1.3 percent of the 257,665 people who commute to work here ride their bikes. That comes out to 3,310 people, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

In fact, more Albuquerqueans walk to work – 2 percent – than bicycle.

Nationally, more and more people are bicycling to their jobs. In 2015, 900,000 people biked to work, the Census Bureau said. That was up from 730,000 in 2010 and 620,000 in 2006.

Minneapolis had the highest percentage of people who biked to work at 4.1 percent, while Fort Wort, Texas, had the lowest at 0.1 percent.

And while there are miles upon miles of bike paths and trails in Albuquerque, their existence doesn’t seemed to have spurred more people to bike to work. In 2000, 1.1 percent of Albuquerqueans who commuted to work rode their bikes.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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  • Michael
    May 18, 2017, 5:52 pm

    Well, it doesn’t help that the city is all uphill from the river. I ride to the gym, to get groceries, and go to restaurants/bars. I appreciate the bike infrastructure!

  • Dorothy
    May 19, 2017, 11:59 am

    In not being a walkable city, we are also not terribly bikeable. There are no stores I can bike to during a lunch hour from my office location, and the traffic is hair-raising.

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