The New York City Department of Transportation has just released its annual report on bike ridership rates in the city (PDF here
), and their figures show a 13 percent increase from 2009. The statistics are based on riders counted during weekday surveys between 7am and 7pm at six strategic points bike commuters typically ride through: the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro Bridges, the Staten Island Ferry and the Hudson River Greenway at 50th Street. The grand total of riders counted at those locations for 2010 (April through October) was 17,491, compared to 15,495 for the same period in 2009.
The first time the DOT did this survey, thirty years ago, the total count was 2,081. All those new, "controversial" bike lanes must be working: this marks the fourth consecutive year of double-digit percentage growth in ridership rates. Next up: How 'bout some bike highways? (StreetsBlog; image: BikeBlog)