More Americans biking to work

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(Photo: Kaiser Permanente Colorado)

(Photo: Kaiser Permanente Colorado)

DENVER — More Americans are commuting by bicycle.

The number of Americans who bike to work jumped by about 60% since 2000, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.

Though nearly 90% of commuters still drive to work, the number of those biking grew the most over the past decade when compared to other types of transportation. The report found that men are slightly more likely to bike to work than women. Younger workers and those without children are also more likely to bike.

One reason for the spike in bike riding could be that cities are encouraging cyclists by creating bike lanes and bike-share programs.

“In recent years, many communities have taken steps to support more transportation options, such as bicycling and walking,” said Brian McKenzie, the author of the report.

Boulder had the highest rate (10%) of people who cycled to work in Colorado. In Fort Collins, its 6.8 percent.

LINK: Colorado bicycle and byways map

Earlier this year, Denver was named as one of six cities that will get funding to make protected bike lanes.

The city has a bike lane along 15th Street in downtown. Plans are in place to create a “protected” lane with curb and vertical barriers.

A companion bike-way is also planned along 14th Street heading in the opposite direction.

The study found that more people bike to work in cities than in the suburbs, and that the recent growth in bike riding has been driven as more people move to urban areas.

CNN contributed to this report.