NW Poll

Bikes and Cars

Wednesday, May 12, 2021by  PEMCO Insurance

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According to the latest 2021 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, nearly six in 10 people say cyclists and drivers do a fair or poor job of sharing the road. What do you think? Are the biggest offenders on two wheels or four?

In your opinion, do you believe that drivers and cyclists:

Portland Metro
20192021
77Do an excellent job sharing the road
3432A good job
4239Only a fair job
1520A poor job

In your opinion, do you believe that drivers and cyclists:

Portland Metro
All DriversDrivers & Cyclists
711Do an excellent job sharing the road
3131A good job
4035Only a fair job
2023A poor job

In general, how many cyclists do you think do you a good job following the correct rules of the road when cycling?

Portland Metro
20192021
63All cyclists follow the correct rules of the road when cycling
3535Most cyclists follow the correct rules of the road
3239Some cyclists follow the correct rules of road
2119Only a few cyclists do
33None do

When you’re riding your bike on city streets, how comfortable do you feel sharing the road with other vehicles, cyclists and e-cyclists?

Portland Metro
170 Cyclists
5Extremely comfortable
18Very comfortable
40Somewhat comfortable
23Not too comfortable
14Not at all comfortable

When you’re riding your bike on city streets, how comfortable do you feel sharing the road with other vehicles, cyclists and e-cyclists?

Portland Metro
MaleFemale
2916Extremely or very comfortable
3842Somewhat comfortable
3343Not comfortable

When you’re riding your bike on city streets, how comfortable do you feel sharing the road with other vehicles, cyclists and e-cyclists?

Portland Metro
< 3535-5455+
361916Extremely or very comfortable
424732Somewhat comfortable
223452Not comfortable

In general, how many drivers do you think do you a good job following the correct rules of the road when driving?

Portland Metro
20192021
96All drivers follow the correct rules of the road when driving
4541Most drivers follow the correct rules of the road
3443Some drivers following the correct rules of the road
129Only a few drivers do
01None do

Do you currently have a non-motorized bicycle that you can use on the streets—either one that is your own or one that you borrow or rent?

Portland Metro
400Total
38Yes, I have my own
5Yes, I have one that I borrow or rent
57No, I don’t have a bicycle to use

How would you rate your skills as a cyclist?

Portland Metro
170Bike riders
26Novice or beginner
51Intermediate
21Advanced
1Professional
1Don’t know

How would you rate your skills as a cyclist?

Portland Metro
MaleFemale
1739Novice or beginner
5347Intermediate
2812Advanced
11Professional

Now, when you ride your bike, do you primarily ride on trails or city streets?

Portland Metro
170Bike riders
22Trails
46City streets
28Both equally
2Other

Now, when you ride your bike, do you primarily ride on trails or city streets?

Portland Metro
MaleFemale
2025Trails
4448City streets
3125Both equally
31Other

Compared to before the coronavirus pandemic started in February 2020 has the amount of time you now spend cycling increased, decreased or stayed about the same?

Portland Metro
170Bike riders before and after
14Increased
60Stayed about the same
25Decreased

Compared to before the coronavirus pandemic started in February 2020 has the amount of time you now spend cycling increased, decreased or stayed about the same?

Portland Metro
<3535+
2410Increased
5661Stayed about the same
2027Decreased

Since the start of the pandemic, have you purchased a new or used bicycle?

Portland Metro
170Bike riders
14Yes
85No

Since the start of the pandemic, have you purchased a new or used bicycle?

Portland Metro
<3535+
327Yes
6892No

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll

PEMCO Mutual Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 400 respondents in the Seattle Metro (King, Snohomish, Pierce Counties) region and 400 respondents in the Portland Metro (Multnomah, Marion, Clackamas, Washington Counties) region yields an accuracy of +/- 5.0% respectively at the 95% confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range. 

About PEMCO Insurance

PEMCO Insurance is the Defender of Your Northwest, providing auto, home, renters and boat coverage. We are consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee expertise and social impact. Our Mutual Good programs raise the achievement levels for youth in education; build stronger, greener environments; and increase safety at home, on the road and at play. Our mission: Free our communities to worry less and live more. 

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