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Number of cyclists/bike riders within the last 12 months in the United States from spring 2008 to spring 2017 (in millions)

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Number of cyclists/bike riders in the U.S. 2017 This statistic illustrates the number of cyclists and bike riders within the last 12 months in the United States from spring 2008 to spring 2017. In spring 2017, the number of people who have been cycling within the last 12 months amounted to 66.21 million.
Bicycle sales are increasing in the United States

The number of cyclists/bike riders saw a big increase between 2012 and 2017, increasing from around 51 million riders to slightly more than 66 million riders in 2017. Prior to 2012, the number of cyclists only increased slightly each year. It will be interesting to see whether this trend continues. As more people recognize the many benefits of biking/cycling and if municipalities support cycling infrastructure, it is likely that more people will start to ditch their cars for bikes. The city with the highest share of bicycle commuters in 2014 was Portland, Oregon. Minneapolis, San Francisco and Washington were also popular bike commuting destinations.

Regarding sales, more than double the number of bikes are sold each year than passenger cars, and where passenger car sales are on the decline, bicycle sales have been steady or slightly increasing since the 1990s. Presently, there are many different types of bicycles on the market with road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid/cross bikes bringing in the most sales. The share of electric bike sales gained a small share of the market in 2010 and electric bike sales are projected to nearly double each year.
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This statistic illustrates the number of cyclists and bike riders within the last 12 months in the United States from spring 2008 to spring 2017. In spring 2017, the number of people who have been cycling within the last 12 months amounted to 66.21 million.
Bicycle sales are increasing in the United States

The number of cyclists/bike riders saw a big increase between 2012 and 2017, increasing from around 51 million riders to slightly more than 66 million riders in 2017. Prior to 2012, the number of cyclists only increased slightly each year. It will be interesting to see whether this trend continues. As more people recognize the many benefits of biking/cycling and if municipalities support cycling infrastructure, it is likely that more people will start to ditch their cars for bikes. The city with the highest share of bicycle commuters in 2014 was Portland, Oregon. Minneapolis, San Francisco and Washington were also popular bike commuting destinations.

Regarding sales, more than double the number of bikes are sold each year than passenger cars, and where passenger car sales are on the decline, bicycle sales have been steady or slightly increasing since the 1990s. Presently, there are many different types of bicycles on the market with road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid/cross bikes bringing in the most sales. The share of electric bike sales gained a small share of the market in 2010 and electric bike sales are projected to nearly double each year.
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Release date
September 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
Spring 2008 to spring 2017
Number of respondents
approx. 250,000*
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)
Supplementary notes
Base total population (18 years and older):
spring 2017: 249.64 million
autumn 2016: 248.28 million
spring 2016: 246.84 million
autumn 2015: 245.40 million
spring 2015: 244.19 million
autumn 2014: 242.98 million
spring 2014: 241.53 million
autumn 2013: 240.09 million
spring 2013: 238.56 million
autumn 2012: 237.02 million
spring 2012: 236.61 million
autumn 2011: 236.2 million
spring 2011: 235.02 million
autumn 2010: 233.84 million
spring 2010: 232.96 million
autumn 2009: 232.08 million
spring 2009: 230.98 million
autumn 2008: 229.87 million
spring 2008: 228.48 million

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