CicLAvia 2014: How biking in L.A. compares with other cities
Thousands will roll out for CicLAvia on Sunday morning, proving again that L.A. has an avid bicycling community. And these cycling fans could probably tell you that California isn't always a shining example of bicycle use or friendliness. For instance, only 1% of L.A. commuters get to and from work by bicycle. And in per-capita spending on bicycle and pedestrian projects, California comes in 30th among the 50 states.
But there are bicycling bright spots among the statistics for Los Angeles and California. The state ranks third for miles of on-street bike lanes, according to the latest benchmark report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking. And that doesn't include sharrows (those lanes marked for both motorists and cyclists).
You will find more statistics at Statista.
Nationally, the number of commuters who walk or bicycle has remained relatively unchanged from 2005 to 2012 (2.5% to 2.8%), according to the report. But over the same period, more states and cities put policies into place to encourage walking and bicycling: 16 states with such policies in 2006 grew to 35 states in 2012; and 25 cities (out of 50 surveyed) with such policies in 2006 rose to 39 (out of 52) cities by 2012.
A few more numbers and stats from the report:
19th -- California's state ranking when it comes to commuters who walk or bicycle.
2.8% -- percentage of Golden State commuters who walk. Alaska is the big winner in this category, despite the cold: 7.9% walk. As a city, Los Angeles betters the state percentage when it comes to commuters who walk with 3.7%.
1% -- percentage of California commuters who bike. Oregon, with 2.3%, has the lion's share of bicycling commuters.
22nd -- where California ranks for bicyclist fatalities per 10,000 riders.
Here's how California stacks up in state legislation affecting cyclists.
Shaded areas indicate states where the legislation exists:
*States vary on youth age for helmet requirements; on access to bridges and tunnels, Colorado allows access only to bicyclists. The maps are based on a state survey in 2011-12.
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