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New York Cycling Census

UCS developed and distributed the inaugural New York State Cycling Census, the largest statewide consumer survey of cyclists ever conducted in the United States, yielding more than 13,700 responses.  

UCS launched the first-ever NY Cycling Census to develop an unprecedented statewide dataset on consumer behavior as it relates to both general cycling preferences, and integration with public transit.



This unprecedented response represents a raw indicator of consumer demand for cycling in NYS.  


NYS Counties

The Cycling Census Data includes responses from every single county in New York State.


Data Points

The Cycling Census includes a broad set of questions designed to identify consumer preferences and barriers as it relates to biking.



New Yorkers have a lot to say about cycling! The Cycling Census yielded more than 13,000 comments on a wide variety of subjects. 

Cycling Census Results

The Cycling Census dataset is a freely available resource for any agency, organization or individual.  The Cycling Census includes two tools accessible below, including the summary report and an interactive data dashboard.  

Quick Facts

  1. Why New Yorkers Bike - Mental health and wellness is one of the most important factors motivating New Yorkers to bike;
  2. Barriers to Biking - Lack of bike lanes and safe routes is the number one barrier to bicycling in New York State, followed by weather and fear of conflict with cars.  
  3. Bicycle Education - Basic bike maintenance is the most sought-after training, especially among women; Many respondents cited a need for education on cycling to be built into training for drivers and law enforcement. 
  4. Trails & Tourism - 88% of respondents expressed some level of interest in bike tourism; Bike trails are the highest rated type of bicycle infrastructure in the state.
  5. Covid-19 Impacts on Ridership - Nearly 90% of respondents indicated they bike just as much or more than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic;
  6. Bicycles & Climate Change Mitigation - Cycling Census respondents save approximately 1,451 metric tons of CO2 in a year through their riding, the equivalent of 163,263 gallons of gasoline, and 3,601,472 miles driven by an average gasoline-powered passenger vehicle.

Cycling Census Final Report

This report contains a summary of the Cycling Cenus dataset, as well as infrastructure, policy, and programatic recommendations based on key findings.  


Cycling Census Data Dashboard

The Data dashboard is an interactive tool that enables any New Yorker to access the Census Data, and perform their own analyses tailored to meet local needs.  


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