Bike Ridership Numbers and Love of Bike Lanes Continue to Increase

07/29/2011 4:12 PM |

Like every other bicycle statistic, the number of scantily clad cyclists spiked recently.
  • Like every other NYC cyclist demographic, the number of scantily clad bike-riders spiked this year.

Your bi-annual “more people are riding bikes” survey results are here: according to a new Department of Transportation survey of the same major commuter points surveyed last year, bike ridership is up 14 percent city-wide, with about 19,000 cyclists passing through those points as opposed to 16,000 at the same time last year. This is not really surprising, neither is the fact that Brooklyn continues to lead the way.

As the Brooklyn Paper notes, a record 18,809 cyclists were counted biking from Brooklyn into Manhattan in one day, and Brooklynites make up some 57 percent of the cyclists crossing the city’s bridges. Among those, the Williamsburg Bridge remained the most trafficked, with 4,450 cyclists crossing it every day, up roughly 500 from last year’s daily bike traffic.

Taking the long view, DNAinfo points out that the new numbers represent a whopping 262 percent increase in ridership from 2000. And despite the steadily rising number of cyclists, fewer are dying in accidents: there have been 19 cyclist deaths in the past year, down from 25 in the previous year. Must be because they’re all using those new bike lanes.

Well, speaking of bike lanes, a Quinnipiac University Polling that was also released this week reveals that 59 percent of New Yorkers think new bike lanes are a good thing—up from 54 percent six months ago—while only 35 percent are not happy about the new bike lanes. No word on how many of those folks live along Prospect Park West.

(Streetsblog; Photo: Barbara Ross/Flickr)