Bike Statistics

Since former Mayor Menino launched Boston Bikes in 2007, ridership in the City has more than doubled.  Many other important strides have been made in safety, education, and facilities.  Learn more about Boston’s progress in becoming the leading bike-friendly city.

Boston Bikes is putting together a broad picture of cycling in Boston by analyzing data from a variety of sources. The Boston Public Health Commission is analyzing crash data from Boston Emergency Medical Services, Boston Police Department and local emergency departments.  Further, Boston Bikes confirmed ridership using information compiled by the League of American Bicyclists. Boston Bikes conducted multiple surveys with over 4,000 respondents.  Key findings can soon be found here once fully analyzed. Boston Bikes will continue to seek public input in the upcoming year to improve bike safety, education, and ridership.

Additionally, Boston Bikes conducted its annual traffic counts at 24 different locations. Together, these sources of data provide a broad picture of cycling in Boston. Boston Bikes will continue seek public input in the upcoming year to improve bike safety, education, and ridership.


 

  • EMS Crash Map 2011 (200)

    EMS Crash Data Map

    Boston EMS responses to bicycle accidents from 1/1/11 to 12/31/11.

    EMS Crash Map »

Key Findings1

Ridership

  • Ridership increase 2007 through 2009: 122% 2
  • Bike commute mode split as of 2009:  2.11 % 3

Helmets

  • Citywide helmet usage: 72% 4
  • Helmet use among EMS calls: 45% 5
  • Percentage of cyclists that self-report wearing a helmet “Never” or “Sometimes” say affordability would encourage them to wear a helmet: 32% 6

Gender

  • Citywide gender ratio:  72% male, 28% female 7

Crashes

  • Roads with most bike crashes: Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue 8
  • Boston crash rate: one crash per 1,030 miles 9
  • Percent of bike crashes involving a car: 37% 10
  • Percent of bike crashes involving a pedestrian: 5% 11

Trends

  • Percentage who chose “Best commute option for work” as reason for starting cycling: 44% 12
  • Men perceive biking on streets in Boston as a safer activity than do women. 13
  • Both men and women cyclists perceive cycling on off-road paths as significantly more safe than biking on Boston streets. 14

Sources

  1. Key findings are based on preliminary analysis of data and are subject to change.

  2. League of American Bicyclists 2009 Bicycle Commuter Rates in US 70 Largest Cities

  3. League of American Bicyclists 2009 Bicycle Commuter Rates in US 70 Largest Cities

  4. Boston Bikes Annual Counts, 2010

  5. Boston Public Health Commission Study, based on EMS 2010 data. This number was derived from 55% of all EMS calls that provided data on helmet use.

  6. Boston Bikes BU Helmet Survey, 2010

  7. Boston Bikes Annual Counts, 2010

  8. Boston Bikes Accident Survey, 2009

  9. Boston Bikes Accident Survey, 2009

  10. Boston Bikes Accident Survey, 2009

  11. Boston Bikes Accident Survey, 2009

  12. Boston Bikes Annual Survey, 2010

  13. Boston Bikes Annual Survey, 2010

  14. Boston Bikes Annual Survey, 2010

Survey Sources

In 2010, approximately 4,800 individuals and organizations participated in three major Boston Bikes surveys.

  • Boston Bikes Annual Survey: tracked demographics, trends, crashes, event issues, new-rider needs, and planning issues. (4,585 respondants)

  • Boston University Helmet Survey: solicited feedbak to understand how to encourage at-risk rider demographic to increase helmet use. (211 respondants)

  • Job Tracking Survey: outreached all Boston-based bicycle-related organizations and companies to track job growth. (35 respondants)