Commuter cycling in New York City has doubled in the last four years and nearly quadrupled since 2001, according to the Department of Transportation. Transportation Nation says this is the result of the City’s addition of about 260 miles of new bike lanes.
The DOT report found that bike ridership is up eight percent this year from last year, but most astounding is that ridership is up 289 percent this year compared to 2001’s numbers.
To get these estimates, DOT counted bike riders at six commuter locations: the City’s four East River bridges, the Hudson River Greenway at 50th Street and at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. An average of 18,846 cyclists per day was recorded this year by DOT representatives, up from 17,491 in 2010; 9,327 in 2007; and 4,927 in 2001.
In the last four years, DOT has added about 260 miles of bike lanes to streets in New York City, , DOT studies say that city streets with bike lanes are 40 percent less deadly for pedestrians.
, led by DOT is also set to debut in summer 2012, which will provide 10,000 bikes to rent out at 600 locations, all at less cost than a monthly MetroCard.