Local men twice as likely to bike to work as local women

Local men are twice as likely to push pedals to the office in the morning, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau — though neither sex is very likely at all.

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Across Southwestern Connecticut, 0.14 percent of residents over the age of 16 ride their bikes to work. That figures out to about 710 people, including 477 men and 233 women. It’s not an overwhelming number of cyclists, but the number is trending upward in one local city. In  Stamford, CTTransit has reported more bus riders docking their bikes at the front of buses than in years past, according to an article in today’s  Advocate.

Not surprisingly, the city of Bridgeport, which is the most populous place in the area, has the most bikers of all municipalities in the area with122 of its residents two-wheeling it to work, including 91 men and 31 women. Bridgeport is followed by Fairfield, with 81 bikers, according to the census data. Check out the full Top 10 here:

As for the city with the highest saturation of bicyclists, that distinction goes to Westport, where 0.7 percent of the population rides to work in the morning.

Maggie Gordon

4 Responses

  1. Lisa says:

    Most women like to take a shower and freshen up after working out, so if the place they work doesn’t have a place to do that they probably won’t bike ride to work.

  2. mc says:

    I rollerblade home from work every day, weather permitting. Awesome workout and great way to destress. I actually look forward to my skate home.

  3. PaulC says:

    The rise in biking to work doesn’t surprise me. Biking to work is a very fun experience. Imagining having a commute that you enjoy doing every morning, and for some, their daily workout. I personally bike to work everyday and love every minute of it. For those that live close to work, I recommend you try biking to work once a week. Concerning women and biking to work. After many studies and the conclusions they have come to, installing more bicycle infrastructure like protected bike lanes usually gets women to bike to work in higher numbers.

  4. Tony says:

    The numbers would be far better if any of these cities were bike friendly. New road construction should always include bike lanes. Then you’ll see the numbers go up.