Data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that Richmond leads Virginia cities in bike commuting, with 2.2% of workers getting to work by bike. This makes Richmond 42nd out of the 375 cities reporting, notably just behind Santa Monica, CA.
Next on the Virginia list are Arlington at 1.4%, Norfolk and Virginia Beach at 0.8%, and Alexandria at 0.7%.
The League notes that communities doing the most to promote bicycling have shown the biggest increases in bike commuting, over the last decade. (Arlington is a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community.) Richmond is well on its way, with the recent formation of the Mayor’s Pedestrian, Bicycling, and Trails Commission, the hiring of Jake Helmboldt as the city’s bike-ped coordinator, 80 miles of sharrows and bike lanes soon to be added, and several major trail projects in the works; not to mention preparing for the 2015 World Championships. The League also notes:
Richmond has a unique opportunity to put itself permanently on the map as a great cycling city — as a destination and a more livable and sustainable city — by using the excitement and urgency of the world championships coming to town.
We think so too. Could Richmond be the Portland (6.0%) of the East? Why not the Boulder (9.9%) of the East?