Mapping characteristics of bicycle commuters with Census data

Authors: Jim Castagneri*, U.S. Census Bureau
Topics: Transportation Geography, Planning Geography, Behavioral Geography
Keywords: Census, bicycling, American Community Survey
Session Type: Paper
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The American Community Survey (ACS) is a cornerstone in urban and community planning. But did you know that it also contains bicycle commuting data? By analyzing these data at the tract level, we can explore a variety of commuting and community questions. Which communities tend to have the most bike commuters? What characteristics describes these communities? Cycling advocates have struggled for decades to find good data on the American cyclist. While census data isn't the holy grail of commuting information, ACS data can provide part of the answer.

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