Data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Tucson has seen its largest one-year increase in ridership and more cyclists than ever before are on the roads.
According to data gathered from the American Community Survey, which is a follow up to the census, the region went from 1.9 percent ridership in 2009 to 3 percent in 2010.
Pima Association of Government’s bicycle planner Ann Chanecka said 3 percent is the highest percentage of bike commuters the city has seen.
She said PAG reviewed the data and is confident that the data is accurate and statistically significant.
Tom Thivener, the City of Tucson’s bicycle and pedestrian program manager, said they are working on a press release about the jump and wouldn’t go in to details.
He did say that there is a lot of excitement about the numbers.
Chanecka said the increase is a sign that the bicycle programs in the region are working.
The American Community Survey asks this question to determine people’s mode of transportation:
How did this person usually get to work LAST WEEK? If this person usually used more than one method of transportation during the trip, mark (X) the box of the one used for most of the distance.
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