With spring in the air, the City of Rolla, the Rolla Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and the League of American Bicyclists announce that May is National Bike Month.

Mayor of Rolla, Louis Magdits, has declared by official proclamation that the week of May 13-19 is Bike Week in Rolla, and the community is urged to bike, walk or wheel to work on Friday, May 17, as well as join other community members at Lions Club Park on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a bicycle safety event.


A little over 870,000 people report commuting by bicycle in the nation — many of them young and urban residents.  The most recent American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates covering the period of 2013-2017 show that around 872,000 people, or 0.6 percent of all workers in the United States, bike to work.


The ACS asks workers about their main method of transportation to work, which provides data about national commuting patterns, including biking to work. 


Where is Bicycle Commuting Most Popular?


Biking to work is more common inside the principal cities of metropolitan areas than outside principal cities and outside metros. According to 2013-2017 ACS five-year estimates, 1.1 percent of commuters in principal cities travel to work by bicycle.


In Rolla an estimated 1 percent of commuters travel to work by bicycle, while walking is shown as more wide-spread — an estimated 7.5 percent of commuters in Rolla are walking to work. 


The share of workers biking to work declines away from the urban core, according to the five-year estimates. Outside of principal cities within metros, 0.3 percent of workers report biking to work. Outside of metros, 0.4 percent of workers commute by bicycle. 


Who is most likely to Bike to Work?


Younger workers that are 16-24 years old report biking to work at greater percentages than older workers: 1 percent of workers 16-24 years old bike to work, while 0.7 percent of workers ages 25-44 and 0.4 percent of workers 45 and older commute by bicycle in the United States. 


The analysis of of bicycle communities in American cities, the report on the most recent 2017 ACS data by the League of American Bicyclists shows from 2000 to 2017, bicycle commuting had a growth of 43 percent nationwide. Missouri was one of the states in the report with the lowest number of bicycle commuters — 0.17 percent of commuters travel to work by bicycle; however, 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, according to the League of American Bicyclists, making bicycling a viable and enjoyable way to get to work.