POP City: Spike in Burghers who bike and hike to work doesn’t surprise BikePGH

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Spike in Burghers who bike and hike to work doesn’t surprise BikePGH

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Reward yourself with a squirt of the ol’ water bottle, Pittsburgh: We’re riding bicycles and walking to work so often we’re almost in first place.

The latest census data, as analyzed by the crew at Bike Pittsburgh, shows that Pittsburgh is second (out of the country’s 60 largest cities) in the percentage of people who walk to work and 15th for the percentage who bike there.

And it’s officially a trend: Wheeling to work has grown 206 percent here since 2000, which is the fourth-largest increase in the country. It grew 72 percent alone from 2008 to 2009, the last year for data.

This puts Pittsburgh in the spot where today’s leading cycle city, Portland, Ore., stood a decade ago

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