New data and competing narratives: A look at Census and Streetlight data

By Ken Mcleod | October 19, 2023
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A recent article by Outside magazine highlighted the different data and competing narratives in recent coverage about how much biking is happening. Data from the Census Bureau was typically covered negatively, whether it was Bloomberg lamenting that “Biking to Work Isn’t Gaining Any Ground in the US” or Jalopnik writing “Turns Out A Lot Of…

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Census Data shows Biking and Walking to Work Bouncing Back

By Ken Mcleod | September 27, 2023
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Earlier this month the Census Bureau released its 2022 1-year estimates for the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is the only annual nationwide dataset that includes estimates of how many people are biking and walking. It provides estimates for only one type of trip and only counts one mode per person, so its estimates…

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First Federal Data On Pandemic-Era Bike Commuting

By Ken Mcleod | September 15, 2022
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The story of commuting to work during the Covid-19 pandemic is one of disruption. As we socially distanced, shifted to remote work, and followed public health guidance, many people found new ways to work – most often from home. With the release of 1-year estimates on how people commuted to work in 2021 from the…

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