Saturday, December 18, 2010

New Census Data Profiles Where People Are Walking and Biking

The 2005 to 2009 US Census American Community Survey is out. This included Means of Transportation to Work. WalkBikeJersey broke it down by the percentage of commuters who bike, walk or take public transportation as their primary mode to work.

Use right arrow to access walk and transit data

Here is how New Jersey compared to the nation:
  • 0.31% Biked (US 0.5%),
  • 3.35% Walked (US 2.9%)
  • 10.75% took transit (US 4.95%)
Of course many trips involve more than one mode, the question posed by the Census bureau basically asks - What mode of transportation is the longest part of your work trip and/or what is the mode you use most often? So someone who bikes to a transit connection or only twice a week will not be counted as a bike commuter. That being said the statistics for the top ranking communities are impressive.


Anonymous said...

Very interesting! Thank you for sharing this data!

trailsnet said...

It isn't surprising that your percentage of bicyclists in New Jersey is so low. As part of my trailsnet blog & website, I'm compiling a list of the best bike paths in America. I would really like to find at least one in each state. (Some states have dozens)
So far, I'm having trouble coming up with any epic bike trails for some states. I'm sorry to report that New Jersey is one of those states. I would be glad if someone out there sets me straight by hooking me up with an awesome bike path in New Jersey.
Feel free to contact me through either the trailsnet website or blog. The trailsnet link on this comment post will get you to the blog.

Andrew J. Besold said...


A quick check of the Rails-to-Trails website show a total of 47 trails. Included in that is the D&R Canal Towpath that is listed at 60 miles (I'm sure its longer) which is part of the East Coast Greenway. There is also the Henry Hudson Trial which is 24 miles which connects to the 10 miles long trail on Sandy Hook. There is also the 20 mile Sussex Trail and the 27 mile Paulinskill Trail which intersect. This is to just name a few.

If your interested in mountain bike trails there are tons more too! If that's not enough The NY/NJ Trails Conference also maintains some of the best low-altitude hiking trails in the world.

john f newman said...

How did you get the biking information? There was a catch-all for other means of transportation, but I took this as motorcycle, moped or taxicab in addition to bicycles.