HOW MANY U.S. BIKERS OVER 40?
January 30, 2007
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I am trying to find out how
many adults 40 and older in the U.S. own
or ride bicycles. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
No good way exists to get such a
number, so Ill give you something, ah, heuristic.
Statisticians: Stop reading now.
First, realize that many people
own bikes that dont ride them, and I dont know
of any surveys that ask about that. So when it comes to
the number of bike owners Ill throw in the towel.
As far as the number of adults who
ride bikes, lets take a high-profile survey: one done
periodically by the National
Sporting Goods Association. NGSA sez that in 2005 43.1
million Americans of age 7 and older rode bicycles.
You can take NSGAs number
and, as they say, do the math: Distribute it across the
U.S. population according to age. Get the percentage of
population for each age from the U.S
Want a higher number? Use a different
study. The federal governments 2002
National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and
Behaviors tells us that about 57 million Americans age
16 or older ride bikes. Distribute that quantity
across the U.S. population.
Other studies identify certain kinds
of bicycling behavior (e.g., crashes, consumption habits,
preferred biking activity), but not the broad range you
Hey, I enjoy math. But, like
my piano, I dont use it much any more.