Photo courtesy of San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Bike to Work Day 2013 San Francisco
This year’s Bike to Work Day in San Francisco on May 9 was one for the record books!
Manual bike counts by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) at Market Street and Van Ness Avenue showed that bikes accounted for 76% of all eastbound traffic between 8:30 and 9:30 am, the highest percentage since the SFMTA began counting in 1998. In the last five years, Bike to Work Day bike counts have increased 20%, from 54% of traffic to 76%.
While the highest ever Bike to Work Day bike counts are impressive, the counts the SFMTA conducted on an average workday are equally impressive. On Thursday, April 18, bikes accounted for 66% of all inbound traffic at Market and Van Ness, up 3% since last year. Bike traffic has soared in the last five years on Market Street on regular days, going from about 38% of trips to 67% of vehicles on the street.
San Francisco's Market Street features bollard protected bike lanes.
"Today’s record-breaking Bike to Work Day counts reinforce what we see every day in the bike lanes: huge numbers of people biking in San Francisco. We’re thrilled to see that today bikes accounted for a whopping 76% of inbound Market Street traffic during the morning commute. It is even more impressive that on an average workday, bikes account for 66% of traffic. If we continue to connect San Francisco with safe, separated bikeways, we can certainly meet the City's goal of 20% of trips by bike by 2020,” said Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which organizes the big event, including 26 Energizer Stations, Commuter Convoys, and hundreds of volunteers.
Courtesy of San Francisco Bicycle Coalition