According to the US Census’ “American Community Survey” data from 2012, the City of Atlanta (emphasis - the city, not the full metro) ranks 15th in the US among large cities when it comes to commuting by bicycle/walking/transit. See more US data here.
Initially, this may not sound impressive given that MARTA ridership puts the system 8th nationally. But consider that Atlanta has a relatively low population among large US cities, where we rank 40th. And we have a relatively low density as well, barely even ranking at all (seriously, check Wikipedia; it’s sad), So this is a pretty darn good showing for us.
Also consider that our bike-commuting share strangely declined by a considerable degree in 2012. You can download the full stats here, but basically we went from having a kinda-respectable a 1.5% bike-mode share in 2011 (meaning 1.5% of commutes were made on bike) to having a not-so-respectable 0.6% share in 2012.
It’s a suspiciously unbelievable drop; nonetheless, these are the official stats used to inform the chart above.
Yes, we can and will do better as we continue to build compact, walkable places in areas served by transit and bike infrastructure. But given our handicaps, I’d say this is a pretty good ranking for our combined alternative-transportation mode share.