Philadelphia ranked best big city for bike commuting in the US

Shows how much city marketing contributes to perceptions… I’m willing to bet that almost everyone thinks the top US bike cities are NYV and Portland Oregon… Interesting when you consider that in South Africa, according to the most recent travel data anyway, Tshwane, JHB and Cape Town have almost the same bicycle mode share (and it’s pretty poor, around 1% or less), yet Cape Town manages to market its bicycle-friendliness a lot more effectively…

Back to Philadelphia: according to the a new report from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia entitled “Mode Shift: Philadelphia’s Two-Wheeled Revolution in Progress,” Philadelphia now boasts some of the highest rates of bicycling in the entire country. Not only that, but of the nation’s 10 biggest cities, Philadelphia’s bicycle mode share (which means the percentage of commuters who bike to work) is twice as high as the next-best major city, Chicago.

Some additional key facts: • Bicycle commuting increased 151% in Philadelphia between 2000 and 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau • Center City and South Philly rank among the top 25 most bicycled areas in the entire country.

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