Bicycling has increased at a startling rate since 2005. Between 2005 and 2008, bicycling doubled at counted locations (including all Schuylkill bridges and two intersections). Bicycling increased 104%. Prior to 2005, bicycling was increasing at a slower pace, roughly 6.5% a year, and it took fifteen years for bicycling to increase 98% between 1990 and 2005. Since 1990, bicycling in Philadelphia has increased 300 percent.
The report concurs with recent findings in New York City where screenline counts on the East River Bridges is up 35% over 2007 and you may remember our Gas Free Fridays press release that show that this is a trend in many major cities.
Look for our official bike count report in the coming weeks.