New Mexico had 0.5 percent of commuters’ bike to work, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today in a new brief focused on biking and walking to work. Nationally, 0.6 percent of workers commute by bike.

“Through efforts to increase local transportation options many U.S. cities, have contributed to the increase the number of people who bike to work,” said Brian McKenzie a Census Bureau sociologist who studies commuting. “This information shapes our understanding of how people get to work, and how this may change across cities in the coming years.”

The American Community Survey also provides annual estimates about how commuters in New Mexico travel to work and how long it takes them to get there.

Transportation Highlights for New Mexico
** Among the 865,474 workers in New Mexico, 1.1 percent took public transportation, 0.5 percent biked, 2.3 percent walked and 4.5 percent worked at home. One or more of these estimates may not be statistically different from one another.

** When reviewing the number of workers biking to work in New Mexico metro areas, Albuquerque Metro had the greatest amount estimated at 3,744 followed by Las Cruces Metro Area with 765, Santa Fe Metro Area 588, and Farmington Metro Area at 94.

** Of workers who did not work from home, the average travel time to work was 21.4 minutes in New Mexico.
Traveling by car, truck or van was among the most common commute modes.

View more at New Mexico commuting statistics.

About the American Community Survey
The figures in this release come from data collected from questions in the Census Bureau’s 2008-2012 American Community Survey. The questions asked include:

** How did this person usually get to work last week? If this person usually used more than one method of transportation during the trip, mark (X) the box of the one used for most of the distance.

** How many people, including this person, usually rode to work in the car, truck, or van last week?

** What time did this person usually leave home to go to work last week?

** How many minutes did it usually take this person to get from home to work last week?

Organizations use the statistics from this question to design programs that ease traffic problems, reduce congestion and promote carpooling. In addition, police and fire departments use the statistics to plan for emergency services in areas where many people work. The American Community Survey provides local statistics on a variety of topics for even the smallest communities.

Ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation's people. Questions about jobs and the economy were added 20 years later under James Madison, who said such information would allow Congress to “adapt the public measures to the particular circumstances of the community,” and over the decades allow America “an opportunity of marking the progress of the society.”

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