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bikes.JPGWith the exception of those in San Francisco, workers in California's largest cities are mostly laggards in walking or bicycling to their jobs, a new Census Bureau report shows.

Nationally, the bureau's American Community Survey found, 5 percent of workers walk to their jobsites and 1 percent use bicycles.

Among the nation's 50 largest cities, Boston is the walking champ with 15.1 percent of its workers using shank's mare, followed by Washington at 12.1 percent, New York City at 10.3 percent and San Francisco at 9.9 percent. No other major California city reaches the national average.

When it comes to using bicycles, Portland's workers, at 6.1 percent, are the champs, followed by those in Minneapolis at 4.1 percent and San Franciscans at 3.4 percent, tied with Seattle's workers. Among other major California cities, only workers in Sacramento (2.5 percent) and Oakland (2.4 percent) rise above the national bicycle commuting average.

A recent study by the League of American Bicyclists found California is now the ninth "friendliest" biking state in the country, jumping up from 19th place last year.

PHOTO: Don Knutson prepares to park his bicycle in a temporary on street bike corral provided by Park a Bike in front of the Insight Coffee Roasters in Sacramento on May 30, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki, Jr..


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