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  • 1. Developmental Research foran AlternativeTransportation Campaign Summary Report By Grayson Braswell February 2010
  • 2. Qualitative Research I. How many people ride (American Community Survey): According to the survey, approximately 57 million people, 27.3% of the population age 16 or older, rode a bicycle at least once during the summer of 2002. The survey breaks this down by gender, age, and race/ethnicity.II. Other National Transportation-Related Surveys that Include Bicycling United States Census, 1990 & 2000Percentage of journeys to work by bicycle in 1990: 0.41% (466,856 people)United States Census Fact Finder Percentage of journeys to work by bicycle in 2000: 0.38% (488,497 people)III. Why People Ride: a. The BTS survey found that in February 2003, of the 20.9 million people riding bicycles the majority reported doing so for exercise/health (41 percent) and recreation (37 percent). Only 5
  • 3. percent reported commuting to work by bicycle as the primary use of the bicycle during the previous 30 days. b. The 2002 National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors also reported on the purpose of respondent’s bicycle trips. The survey found that exercise and health for recreation followed the largest percentage of trips. 2002 Purpose of Bicycle Trips: Recreation 26.0% Exerciseor health reasons 23.6% To go home 14.2% Personal errands 13.9% To visit a friend or relative 10.1% Commuting to school/work 5.0% Bicycle ride 2.3% Other 4.9% c.IV. How Safe People Feel About Cycling: a. The Omnibus Survey completed for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics in February 2003 asked all respondents how safe they felt using different modes of transport. When asked: How satisfied are you with how your local community is designed for making bike riding safe? b. 22.57 % were Very Satisfied31.32 % were Somewhat Satisfied 17.55 % were Neither Satisfied, nor Dissatisfied16.84 % were Somewhat Dissatisfied11.73 % were Very DissatisfiedV. Federal Government Spending to Improve Bicycling Conditions: In the years before passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation
  • 4. Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Federal spending on bicycling and walking facilities was approximately $4-6 million per annum. ISTEA was reauthorized when the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) was enacted on June 9, 1998, which authorized Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for the 6-year period from 1998-2003. By FY 2002 spending of Federal funds by States has grown to more $416 million. League of American BicyclistsVI. Demographics of Recreational Bicycle Riders Total U.S. Cyclists 64.3 million Adults (16 and over) 48 million Children 14.3 million Avid cyclists (Fitness/health) 31 million Male / Female Ratio (Adults) 45% / 55% Median Age 32 Median Household Income $60,000+ College Graduates 70% Simmons, MRI, USA Cycling Membership, Bicycling MagazineVII. How many cyclists are there in the US and what are their demographics? Total U.S. cyclists- 64 million The average cyclist is young and affluent: • 87% are between the ages of 18 and 44 • 55% are male, 45% are female • 75% have attended college • Median income for recreational bicyclist is $60,000 Racing Demographics • 72,000+ USA Cycling members • median age is 34 • 81% college graduates
  • 5. • 27% post graduates• 89% are male, 11 are female• 57% professional/managerial• average price for a racing bicycle is $3,500Simmons, MRI, USA Cycling, National Sporting Goods Association

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