Biking Surge Among Baby Boomers

Biking Surge Among Baby Boomers

 

Since 1995, there has been a large surge in bicycling across the United States. More than a third of the increase in bicycling comes from people between the ages of 60 and 79. The rise in popularity of bicycling among the Generation Y (Millennials), who are less interested in owning or even driving cars, is discussed heavily but it seems we should be paying more attention to the transportation patterns of older generations.

It seems that baby boomers are “quietly transformed what it means to be the kind of person who rides a bicycle.” Older individuals are often looking for alternative forms of transportation, feel more uncomfortable driving, or perhaps are just sick of constant vehicle traffic (especially in this area). Biking provides a solution to all these issues.

Creating safe biking infrastructure isn’t just important to younger individuals anymore. It is important to consider the transportation needs of all generations of people. The White Flint sector is working hard to attract all generations of individuals to the area. Perhaps creating safe and reliable biking infrastructure could be just the thing to attract more baby boomers.

 

biking-rates-by-ageBreakdown of biking rates among ages via Streetsblog

Rebecca Hertz

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Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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