I’ll admit it, I love numbers. And I love bicycling, as you know. So, running across this recent statistic on one of the sites I used to write for, Earth & Industry, brought a little light to my face.
Here’s more from Alison Leahy on San Francisco’s bicycle ridership growth:
“Urban cycling is on the rise. A report from the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority indicates a 71% increase in ridership since 2006, and with a bicycle share program rolling out this summer, the city may soon have the highest per-capita bicycle use in North America.”
71% increase?! That’s astounding, and great news. Also, I imagine San Francisco’s regional neighbor to the north known for its bike culture and bike-friendliness (and naked bike rides), Portland, must have a bit of a competitive burst rising in its blood after seeing that San Francisco could be the top bicycling city in North America per-capita (if the folks in Portland have seen the news). Will have to see what Portland has up its sleeve in response to this.
Back to Leahy’s post:
“Regional transportation models estimate that there are 75,000 daily bicycle trips in San Francisco. About one fifth of these trips takes place during peak evening hours between 5:00 and 6:30 PM.”
San Francisco has added 71 bike lanes in the last year. It has also “created a separated bikeway on a major downtown thoroughfare, added 15 bicycle corrals, and continues to collaborate with the SFMTA for traffic calming, road maintenance, and the prioritization of safe routes.” As someone who studied these matters for my master’s thesis, I’ll tell you that’s all that’s needed to stimulate a lot more bicycle ridership.
San Francisco intends to have 20% of trips in the city being made by bicycle by 2020. Ambitious goal, but it’s doing a lot to achieve that!