Comment 72443

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted December 21, 2011 at 08:56:59 in reply to Comment 72429

Interesting numbers at that page; and they certainly make bicycle commuting look insignificant at best. For example ...

Portland, which has the highest overall percentage, see only 5.8 percent of its residents commute this way. http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute...

The naive reading of this is that "only 5.8% of Portland commuters use a bike." But that is not what it says; read it again.

We don't know what we're comparing 5.8% to. What percentage commutes at all? what percentage commutes by car? by bus? Without knowing, we can't make too much sense of 5.8%.

But "abysmal percentages" does raise - though somewhat trollishly - an interesting question: how many cyclists is enough cyclists for bike lanes et al. to be worthwhile?

Comment edited by moylek on 2011-12-21 08:57:30

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