As Boiseans get used to the new bike lanes and bike boxes—part of an ACHD pilot project
—and brace themselves for two-way streets and roundabouts coming to downtown, they may not be surprised to know that bikes are big in Boise.
How important are bikes to Boise? According to a report on bike commuting by the U.S. Census Bureau
, Boise ranks fourth in the nation among cities with the highest percentage of bike commuters. With 3.7 percent of residents getting to work with pedal power, Boise ranks behind just Portland, Ore. (6.1 percent), Madison, Wisc. (5.1 percent) and Minneapolis, Minn. (4.1 percent). The City of Trees beat out Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, Calif.
The average rate at which Americans bike to work is .6 percent.
Other conclusions made by the report include that men are three times more likely to bike to work than women, most bike commutes run between 10 and 14 minutes, and that 1.5 percent of households making less than $10,000 per year bike to work.