Nationally, only a small fraction of people primarily walk to work – the measure the Census Bureau estimates in its annual American Communities Survey. In a select group of cities, though, recent data illustrates the extent to which walking has emerged as an everyday means of commuting.
Providence ranks 10th with 10.8% of commuters walking; 69.9% commuting by car, 9.2% by public transit, 5.3% by bike/taxi/other*, and 5% working from home.
Providence also sees the 10th highest rise in people commuting by foot, going up 1.5% from 2007 to 2012. Imagine if we were actually actively working somehow to encourage people to walk the way number 1 ranked Cambridge does!
*What do we thinking the others are commuting by.