Corvallis reigns supreme among Oregon cities for bike traffic, according to a top 10 list from The Oregonian.
Specifically, the publication found that Corvallis boasts the highest percentage of bicycle commuters compared to the total number of commuters, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau from 2014 – 2018.
3,150 of the 27,750 commuters in Corvallis travel by bike, coming in at 11.35 percent. Portland ranks second, as the city’s 21,789 cyclists only represent 6.26 percent of its total commuters. Likewise, Eugene has nearly three times as many commuters as Corvallis overall, but bike traffic only makes up about 5.8 percent of that, placing it firmly in third.
However, bicycle commuting has actually declined in all three cities. Corvallis and Eugene’s average rates for 2013 – 2017 were 12.09 percent and 6.51 percent, respectively. Bike traffic in Portland is the lowest it’s been since 2007, dipping below 20,000 cyclists in 2018.
Fourth place is held by Bend with 2.36 percent, with Milwaukie in fifth at 2.67 percent. The back half of the list consists of Springfield, Wilsonville, Medford, Grants Pass, and Newberg, with bicycle commuting rates ranging from 1.52 percent to 1.88 percent.
By Brandon Urey