More Commuters Bike to Work in Davis Than in Any Other Other US City

The estimated total number of bike commuters in town is 4,293, according to the data.


Davis was recently named the top city in the nation where people are more likely to bike to work.

Census data shows that "an estimated 16.6 percent of Davis, Calif., workers bike to their jobs, more than any other city in the country." The estimated total number of bike commuters in town is 4,293, according to the data. 

However, it does not take into account non-commute trips, or multi-modal trips (such a bike plus transit), so the percentages may be even higher.

Palo Alto, Boulder, Colo., and Berkeley came in behind Davis. 

To read more on the data and view the full rankings, click here.

  • Are you one of the many who bikes to your job?
  • How long is your commute?
  • How long have you been biking to work for?
  • What made you choose to bike over drive?
Steve Tracy February 07, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I would commute by bike if I could, but my wife won't let me ride in the house. Steve.
Darell D. Dickey February 07, 2013 at 04:26 PM
I have often heard of this "census data" pointing to various things like bicycle commuting - yet I don't recall being asked that question. Maybe it was too long ago, and I'm too old to remember? Seriously - even after reading the "census data" link, I can't figure out where this data comes from.
Chuck Snipes February 07, 2013 at 05:19 PM
The data are from the MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO WORK from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey(ACS) 5-Year Estimates. The ACS "is an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year -- giving communities the information they need to plan investments and services." It was part of my census questionnaire, if it had been part of yours our numbers would have been higher. As with most all statistical estimates, there's a margin of error. Davis' was almost 25% - so it's a fluff story so we have something else to brag about Davis.
Lisa Johnson February 07, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I have biked to work for about 25 years. I took a few years off when the kids were little because I had to take them to daycare. My commute is only about 3.5 to 4 miles each way, depending on the route I take. I do it because it saves me money. I don't have to pay for parking and save on wear and tear on my car. I also get more exercise and don't have to spend money on a gym or exercise equipment. It is also a very pleasant start and end to the day most of the year.
Darell D. Dickey February 07, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Thanks Chuck! I tend to recall when I'm asked about bicycle transportation - because most times I'm asked "how far do you drive?"
Sanne February 07, 2013 at 09:13 PM
That is great news. If you don't bike in Davis - where would you bike in the US..
Danny February 07, 2013 at 09:27 PM
In related news, Davis is small, flat and snow free.
Robert Walraven February 07, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Your headline is misleading. Just because 16.6% of a small town commutes by bike doesn't mean it has more bike commuters than any other city. The number of bike commuters = size of city x percentage of bike commuters.
Darell D. Dickey February 08, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Hey! We aren't a small town! We've a big town. Or a small city.... Seriously - A huge number of folks ride bikes here. But I don't think we give enough credit to the even HUGER part of the population that drives everywhere in our small, flat, snow-free burg. :sigh:
Robert Walraven February 08, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Yeah, I know. I grew up in a town with population of 500, but I also lived for a while in San Francisco, which does make Davis seem like a small town. I wasn't questioning that we have the highest percentage of bike commuters, just that this does not imply that we have more bike commuters than any other city. Some cities that have more than twice as many bike commuters as Davis, according to some 2010 statistics I found are NYC (27,917), Portland (17,035), LA (16,101), SF (15,208), and Chicago (15,096).


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