How Americans Get to Work
NPR’s piece “How Americans Get to Work” uses graphs made from data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau,showing how Americans (with jobs–thanks Census folks) get to work. Bicycling is lumped in to the “other” category, along with taxis. Apparently the two groups are both quite marginal.
While events like Bike to Work week aim to show more Americans how easy and enjoyable it can be to hop on your bike and cruise all the way to the office, the overall numbers of dedicated bike commuters remains relatively low. However, the bike in conjunction with trains and buses can often the answer to concerns like “It’s too far;” “I would but it takes too long;” or “There’s a mountain in the way.”
Similarly, the fallacy of these reports is that they typically ask “What is your main mode of transportation to work?” or “What mode of transportation do you travel the farthest distance on?,” which may often be a bus or a train for bike commuters who travel over great distances yet remain committed to bike transportation to a) bridge the gaps between transportation infrastructure, and b) commute everywhere else they don’t need to be in dress clothes for.
Do you use multimodal transportation to get to work? Do you commute by train or bus because you don’t want to feed your bike to the wolves (thieves)? Or perhaps live within walking distance of your job? We’d love to hear about how your bike figures in to your work commute.
About Krista Carlson
A regular contributor to the print edition of Urban Velo, Krista Carlson is a cyclist obsessed with bike polo, baking, pickles, and all things bike-y. She is a native Angeleno and is madly in love with the city and everything that makes it the beautiful, crazy place that it is.