With New York City announcing a bikeshare program in 2012 and doctors in both New York and Ontario issuing statements about the many health benefits of active transportation, cycling to work is on the rise.
The Atlantic Cities surveyed 55 major American cities and found that from 2000 to 2009 the average commuters who regularly used a bicycle increased by 70%. Portland came in first in the nation (and developers are taking notice) at 5.8%, followed by Seattle and Minneapolis who tied for second at 3% for the largest number of bicycle commuters. The charts also show that cities in the southeast and west, such as Las Vegas, Memphis, and Miami, actually experienced decline in the level of bicycle ridership. Nevertheless the overall trend over the past decade is that the bicycle has become increasingly more popular, and is expected to continue to grow further in the future.