Daily trips by bicycle are up across San Francisco this year, with a new SFMTA report putting the increase at 8 percent over last year. Specifically, this refers to weekday rides — suggesting that more people are commuting to work via two wheels.
“The popularity of biking is growing faster than that of any other transportation mode in San Francisco," SF Bike Coalition spokesperson Chris Cassidy told the Examiner. "And for the first time this year, we found through independent public polling that a majority of San Franciscans now bike at least occasionally. It’s really exciting to see our community taking our health and well-being into our own hands.”
The report states that 465 bike racks were installed across San Francisco this year, and that 4.2 miles of "new bicycle facilities" were added. Also of note, we learn that the Market Street bike counter passed 1,000,000 trips for the first time.
“We are dedicated to continuing to improve the experience of riding a bike in San Francisco,” the SFMTA report states. “That’s why we have upgraded the city’s bicycling facilities, begun construction on even more bicycle-friendly corridors and provided additional places to park bicycles.”
Not everything was rosy this year for cyclists, of course. SFPD cracked down on people riding the popular Wiggle route, and multiple cyclists were killed by drivers. Mayor Ed Lee did unveil a new plan with the goal of making streets safer for cyclists, however Cassidy noted at the time that a plan did not equal actual action.
"It's important to realize that, while this is a substantial commitment by City leaders, nothing has changed on the ground yet," he explained. "There is a culture of plodding and delays when it comes to improving San Francisco's streets, and we'll be watching closely to see that these deadlines are met."
If trends continue, 2017 will see even more people riding bikes on San Francisco's roads — and safe-streets advocates like Cassidy will be loudly trying to hold Lee to his promises.