Who walks and bikes in the Puget Sound region?

Walking and biking frequency differs by income, gender, age, and where you live

If you live in a regional growth center, you’re more likely to walk frequently.

That’s one of the findings from the 2017 Puget Sound Travel Survey, which asked people how often they go for a walk and bike ride longer than 15 minutes. The questions didn't specify trip purpose, so these walks and bike rides could be for recreation, shopping or other reasons.

The region’s designated regional growth centers are areas that often have high density and walkability today. The data shows that people living in these centers take walks more frequently than people who live outside of them.

Income level is also an important factor. For people in households making less than $25,000, the share of people walking 5+ days per week is 43%. But people in households making $25,000-$50,000 are the most likely to never go for a walk, with 40% saying they never took a walk.

People with very low incomes may be walking more because they do not have cars. The survey shows a strong relationship between the number of cars a household owns and how frequently members of the household walk.

Biking frequency correlates strongly with demographic characteristics such as gender, age, and race, as opposed to vehicle ownership and land use.

The survey found that people who are male, white and under 18 are more likely to bike frequently.

The share of females who said they never bike is 67%, compared to 57% of males. People over 65 are the least likely age group to bike. People of color were significantly more likely to report never going for a bike ride than whites.

You can find more charts and analysis on biking and walking in our latest travel story.

PSRC conducts a regional travel survey every two years to learn more about how and where people travel in the region. The 2019 travel survey is now out in the field, with thousands of residents receiving invitations to participate.