Investment in Infrastructure Leads to Jump in S.F. Cyclists

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's annual bike count reveals that cycling has increased 14 percent in the city since 2011 and 96 percent since 2006.

"The sharp increase in transportation by bike coincides with a surge in improvements - from parking 'corrals' to bike lanes, sometimes with green pavement and protective barriers - around the city," observes Michael Cabanatuan. "It's all part of an effort to boost the percentage of trips taken by bike to reduce driving, pollution and crowding on Muni."

"As part of the transportation agency's plan to get half of San Francisco's travelers to rely on something other than cars to get around, the city is counting on a continuing surge in cycling. A draft version of the bicycling strategy calls for increasing the 2012 estimate of bicycles accounting for 3.5 percent of all trips taken to a 2018 goal of 8 to 10 percent."

Full Story: San Francisco bicycle boom follows bike-friendly upgrades

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