American bike commuting rates seem to have entered a post-recession skid in 2017. Here in Portland, meanwhile, they once again stayed about the same, according to Census estimates released this month.That's a good reminder to check on Salem's numbers.
Last year, the 2016 numbers were flat, and within the margin of error, there's nothing new in 2017. It's still flat.
Unfortunately, I can't navigate my way to the exact same dataset I used in that post, so here's a new set. (There's at least three ways to slice it: Salem City; the Salem Metro area, the three-county area; and the principal city in the metro area. This group is Salem City only. Not being a census jockey, it is a little confusing.)
|From the 2007 RTSP|
The new 2017 number for biking is about 0.7%. Historically you can see the bike commute rate has remained stuck around 1%, sometimes down, sometimes up, but around that center, and if we are serious about improving that, we will need more serious measures. (See last year for more discussion of this. All notes on bike counts are here, including hand counts at intersections earlier this decade and automated counts on the Union and Minto bridges.)