Community Survey Shows Increase in Rating of Bicycling

In 2007, the City of Richmond enrolled in the National Research Center’s (NRC) National Citizen Survey (NCS) program in order to conduct a resident survey to help the City Council set spending priorities and to set a benchmark of City service delivery. Since 2007, the City has conducted a survey biennially. The NCS is a collaborative effort between the NRC (a public research firm focused on public sector information needs) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). 

Here are the results that relate to Mobility: 



Percent rating positively (e.g., excellent/good or very/somewhat safe)

  2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
Paths and walking trails NA 34% 33% 36% 38%
Ease of walking 20% 24% 24% 30% 41%
Travel by bicycle 28% 35% 32% 32% 37%
Travel by public transportation 49% 52% 47% 44% 48%
Travel by car 4 41% 47% 48% 58% 73%

 

Perception of travel by bicycle has gone up from 28% to 37% since 2007, a non-negligeable advance. We hope the numbers continue to rise and will be mirrored in the number of people we see riding on our streets. 

In the 2013 American Community Survey, only 0.6% of people reported commuting regularly by bicycle (up from 0.4% in 2011). We’re getting more bike lanes on the ground, let’s get more people riding!

The survey, originally sent out to a controled group, is now open for completion by any residents of Richmond. Send in your response today here