Means of Transportation to Work

Percentage of commuters, by mode of transportation to commute to work, Portland MSA, 2012-2016 five-year estimates

Source: US Census, American Community Survey, Table S0801

Why is this important?

Active transportation, including walking and bicycling, can help meet human health goals, such as reducing rates of obesity, while also decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.[i] Commuters able to walk or bicycle benefit from an increase in physical activity, and users of all alternative transportation types—walking, bicycling, carpooling, and public transit—benefit from a decrease in transportation costs. Even those not able to take alternative transportation still benefit from its use, since having fewer cars on the road decreases emissions and traffic congestion.


[i] L. Frank, M. Greenwald, S. Winhelman, J. Chapman, and S. Kavage, 2010. “Carbonless Footprint: Promoting Health and Climate Stabilization through Active Transportation,” Preventive Medicine 50 (2010): S99-S105.

N. Gallagher, A. Kimberlee, J. Gretebeck, J. Robinson, E. Torres, S. Murphy, and K. Marty, “Neighborhood Factors Relevant for Walking in Older, Urban, African American Adults,” Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 18 (2010): 99-115.