Pedal On

Thanks to assertive planning and advocacy, Philly has more bicyclers as a percentage of all commuters–2.1%–than any other major city in the US. Overall, this city is eighth among all large cities, and interestingly, South Philly and Center City are among the top neighborhoods country-wide for bike commuting.



The Urban Age Project is dissecting 9 global cities. The best comparisons, for various reasons, are Berlin, New York, and London. And these tell us there is still more work to do.

Tomorrow in Possible City: Why cycling works in Cambridge, UK

Source: American Community Survey, 2005-2009

Source: Urban Age

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. His essays and book reviews appear in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, and Fanzine.

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