St. Louis (KSDK) – St. Louis has just been named one of the fastest growing cities for bicycle commuters. That's according to a report released Monday by the League of American Bicyclists.
The League says St. Louis has seen a 332.8 percent increase in bicycle commuters since 1990. That's 7th in the country behind cities like Detroit, Chicago, Washington DC & Portland.
St. Louis also ranked 21st out of 70 large cities based on the percentage of commuters who bike to work. According to the report there are about 1,500 bicycle commuters in the city.
As with many other national rankings, the report looks at only the city of St. Louis and not the entire metro area (leaving out bicycle commuters in St. Louis County, St. Charles County & the metro east).
To help encourage bicycle commuters, Trailnet opened a Downtown Bicycle Station in 2011 at 1011 Locust St. For a membership fee, commuters can store their bike, and have access to showers and lockers.
The next National Bike to Work Day is May 16, 2014.