Tally shows 32 percent increase in bicycling in San Francisco 

Bicycling in The City continues to grow in popularity, with the latest bike numbers indicating a 32 percent in growth from 2009.

Every year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees bike operations, tallies the number of cyclists traveling on Market Street the day after The City’s popular Bike to Work Day.

From 8 to 9 a.m. July 1, SFMTA trackers counted 602 bicyclists on Market Street, a total that nearly doubled the 331 automobiles tallied during that same time period. The number was a 32 percent increase from last year.

Bikes made up 61 percent of the total eastbound traffic, an increase from last year, when the two-wheelers accounted for 54 percent of the Market Street activity.

“Everyday bicycling is what our Bike Program staff are striving to improve,” SFMTA Executive Director Nathaniel Ford said. “We are committed to doing the work needed to keep the number of bicyclists growing the years ahead.”

Making the increase in cycling all the more impressive is the fact that since 2006 there has been an injunction against any bike-related improvements in The City, although that order was partially lifted last year.

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