Tucson boasts the ninth highest percentage of workers who commute by bicycle in the nation’s largest cities, according to a new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
More than 5,500 people in Tucson ride their bikes to work, or 2.4 percent of they city’s working population.
Ann Chanecka, the bike and pedestrian coordinator for the city of Tucson, said she’s pleased that Tucson is ranked in the top 10, but points out that in 2000, Tucson ranked first on the same list.
Other cities have bolstered their bike to work rates by developing urban biking infrastructure, which the city of Tucson is now prioritizing, she said.
“There’s a lot of information out there that a lot of people want to ride their bike and ride their bike for transportation, but right now they’re too scared to do that on busy streets," she said.
Chenecka said the city is developing bicycle infrastructure in residential areas, testing a protected bike lane where a physical barrier separates car traffic from bike lanes, and is looking at options for completely separating bike and car traffic.
The census data also showed that even more people in Tucson walk to work than bike – about 8,200 or 3.6 percent of workers. But with the percentage of pedestrian commuters in the double digits in large dense cities like Boston, Mass. and New York City, Tucson ranks only 36th in that category.