Fact Check: Population Density
March 17, 2009 § 12 Comments
We noticed on the anti-bike lane website, Cycle Dallas, authored by Dallas bike coordinator PM Summer, a continual reference to the following:
This is a point PM has made on multiple occasions to defend not developing bicycle infrastructure in Dallas. Knowing that Mr. Summer has played loose with the facts in the past, we decided to double check this little tidbit. A quick google search of population density by metropolitan area shows us that there are actually a number of large US cities whose population density (people per sq km), is less or equal to Dallas.
Atlanta (pop: 3.5M, 700 people per sq/km)
Boston (pop: 4M, 900 people per sq/km)
Houston (pop: 3.8M, 1,150 people per sq/km)
Minneapolis/St. Paul (pop: 2.3M, 1,050 people per sq/km)
Philadelphia (pop: 5.1M, 1,100 people per sq/km)
Seattle (pop: 2.7M, 1,100 people per sq/km)
Dallas/FW (pop: 4.1M, 1,100 people per sq/km)
This is also accounting for land mass…you can see the full values noted here.
The irony? Many of the cities listed with lower densities than Dallas (Philly, Minneapolis) are considered top rated bicycling communities, and have hundreds of miles of bike lanes….in point of fact, all of the above have bike lanes.