This Section provides 40 tables and graphs showing data on bicycling and walking at the national level in the United States of America.
There are two major sources of national data on how many people bike and walk – the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) and the American Community Survey (ACS). According to the most recently available data, these two sources show different trends for biking and walking:
- Walking shows a statistically significant increase in walking trips as a percentage of all trips in the United States according to the 2017 NHTS, but a decreasing percentage of workers are walking to work according to annual ACS data.
- Biking shows no change in biking trips as a percentage of all trips in the United States according to the 2017 NHTS, but an increasing percentage of workers are biking to work according to annual ACS data.
While data on the prevalence of biking and walking is mixed, the data on bicyclist and pedestrian safety show recent increases in the number and rate of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities by almost any measure:
- Pedestrians represent over 17% of traffic fatalities in 2020, and there were more than 2,200 more pedestrian fatalities in 2020 compared to 2010.
- Bicyclists represented over 2% of traffic fatalities in 2020, and there were more than 300 more bicyclist fatalities in 2020 compared to 2010.
Use this Section to find out about current conditions for bicycling and walking, including demographic data on who is biking and walking, and how the federal government funds bicycling and walking projects and programs.