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