Biking Gains Amid Pandemic Hang On

Biking Gains Amid Pandemic Hang On

Bicycle activity in the U.S. was up substantially at the start of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 with gains holding steady into 2022, according to a new report.

Bike Boom or Bust? Metro & Statewide U.S. Bicycle Activity Trends, an 18-page report by San Francisco-based StreetLight Data, Inc., showed that annual average daily bicycle trips per year grew 37% from 2019 through 2022, with the biggest year-over-year up tick in 2020.

“Given the dramatic rise in activity in 2020 especially, it’s significant that the U.S. is holding onto its pandemic bicycling gains and not yet seeing any backslide in activity,” according to the report.

StreetLight’s Active Transportation Monitor measures annual average daily bicycle trips, among other trip types. The top 100 metros increased their share of national bike activity, from 72% in 2019 to 77% in 2022. The top 100 metros by population grew annual average daily trips 46% from 2019-2022, with big cities showing outsized gains.

Every metro with about 5 million people or more saw at least a 25-percent increase in average daily bicycle trips but 65 out of 100 metros saw annual average daily bicycle trips contract in 2022 year over year. Only 22 of the top 100 metros saw double-digit percentage bicycling gains in 2021.