From UrbanLand: “New York City and D.C. Doubled Biking Rates in Just Four Years”


For the first and second U.S. cities to start building networks of modern protected bike lanes, the payoff seems to have arrived. In both Washington, D.C., and New York City, the rate of bike commuting has doubled since 2009, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday.



Powered by one of the country’s most successful bike-sharing systems, a growing painted-lane network, a handful of protected lanes, and a burgeoning bicycle culture, D.C. vaulted to 4.5 percent of commutes by bicycle in 2013, up from 2.2 percent in 2009. Among major U.S. cities, that estimate would place D.C. second only to Portland, Oregon, as a bike commuting hub.


Vancouver?  Vancouver?  Oh, never mind.