In many European cities, investments in bike infrastructure and public transportation systems have led to many commuters ditching their cars in favor of buses, trains or bicycles. In Germany for example, 19 percent of commuters take the bike to get to work, school or university and another 28 percent use public transportation. Meanwhile, 68 percent take their own car, which still sounds like a lot but is considerably lower than it is in the United States.
According to Statista’s Global Consumer Survey
, 86 percent of American commuters use their own car to move between home and work, making it by far the most popular way of commuting. Only 10 percent of the 1,681 respondents use public transportation and merely 5 percent take the bike. There are several factors contributing to the low adoption of the bicycle as a means of everyday transportation: for one, Americans are used to commuting longer distances than people in most European nations are, automatically ruling out the bike for many. And secondly, many major cities in the U.S. aren’t exactly bike-friendly. According to a recent study, just three American cities made it into the top 50 cities for cyclists.