Are you a Baltimorean who bikes to work? If so, you’re in the minority; between one and two percent of the city’s residents count themselves as bike commuters, according to the U.S. Census. That’s not a whole lot of people, but it still places Baltimore far ahead of cities like Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Dallas, where far fewer city dwellers use a bike to get to work.
The number one city for bike commuters? All those tattooed, vegan, cycle-loving Portlandians; a full six percent of that city’s residents take a bike to work. Perhaps surprisingly, DC ranks third in the nation for bike commuters–but it’s less surprising once you consider just how awful DC traffic can be.
Although Baltimore’s middle-of-the-pack ranking isn’t terrible, it would be nice to see more bike commuters in the city. The Towson Bike Beltway should help; so will the new bike parking garage, more downtown bike racks, and increased pro-bike laws (including bike-safe storm grates and a Cyclist’s Bill of Rights). What else does Baltimore need to make biking to work more appealing?
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