To Your Health: How does Hawaii stack up when it comes to green-friendly commutes?
Sometimes, it’s just good to know where you stand.
So today, just in time for Earth Day, we bring you some new statistics from the Alliance for Biking & Walking, which released a large study this week aimed at surveying the landscape of commuter biking and walking across the country.
The report ranked Hawaii sixth in the nation for the percentage of commuters who get to work by bike or by foot.
About 1 percent of Hawaii commuters bike to work, the study said. (We wish that number was higher, but we’ll be happy with it for now.) Meanwhile, about 5 percent of commuters walk.
Oregon had the highest rate of commuters who biked to work, at 2.3 percent, followed by Montana at 1.4 percent. Nearly 8 percent of commuters in Alaska walk to work, the highest rate in the nation, followed by New York at 6.4 percent.
Oahu’s urban core ranked 13th in the nation among large cities for the percentage of commuters who bike to work. The study estimated about 1.6 percent of Honolulu commuters bike.
Meanwhile, nearly 1 in 10 Honolulu residents walk to work. That’s the fifth-highest rate in the nation.
Boston had the highest percentage of walking commuters, with 15 percent, followed by Washington, D.C., at 12 percent.
Nationwide, just 2.8 percent of commuters walk to work and .6 percent bike. Across 52 large cities, 5 percent of urban dwellers walked and 1 percent rode a bike.
These figures, of course, could be a lot higher. But let’s celebrate our positive placement, and do more to up the numbers.
Do you bike or walk to work? If not, what would get you to consider it?