The U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday released new data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2009 National Household Travel Survey which shows that both bicycling and walking trips have increased by 25% since 2001.
The survey has been taken every year now for 19 years. The number of reported walking trips has more than doubled since the first survey, from 18 billion in 1990 to 42.5 billion in 2009. Bicycling trips saw a similar increase, from 1.7 billion to four billion during the same period. The report also noted the population increase resulted in a greater number of overall trips and that progress is being made.