AUGUSTA — A new report says there’s been a big increase in the number of Mainers who pedal to work, and that upsurge in bicycle commuting far exceeds the national figure.

The report released Monday by the Alliance for Biking and Walking says the number of Mainers who commute to work by bicycle increased by 120 percent between 1990 and 2009. By comparison, the country as a whole had a 64 percent increase in bicycle commuters during that time.

While 12 percent of all trips in the United States are by bike and foot, the report notes that only 1.6 percent of federal transportation dollars go to biking and walking.

The report also says Maine ranks 10th nationally in the number of people who bike and walk to work.

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