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Bike commuting up in Portland by 27%, sets new record

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New figures published by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Portlanders have set a record for bike commuting in 2014.

7.2 percent of commuters are choosing to bike to work.

According to Portland Bureau of Transportation, an estimated 23,347 Portlanders commuted to work by bike in 2014, an increase of 27 percent.

"Two of the greatest threats we face are climate disruption and rising health care costs," said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. "Bicycles are potent weapons against both threats, because when you're riding a bike, you're getting healthier and you're not emitting greenhouse gases. Many people understand that, but assume that only a tiny fraction of people will ever ride a bike. But that's not true. The numbers can grow -- and now we know that they are growing."

According to PBOT, in 2013, Portland had a bike commute rate of 5.9 percent and in 2004 the rate was 2.8 percent.

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