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Cyclegram: An Exclusive Look At New Bike Count Data

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February 16, 2012
Our Latest Bike Counts Reveal Philadelphia Bicycling Rates Still Climbing
A Cyclegram Exclusive Look at New Data
We conducted our annual bike counts in Center City Philadelphia last fall. We've been crunching the numbers since, and here is an exclusive first look at that data.

Once again, bicycle traffic has gone up in Philadelphia. This continues a trend which began in the 1990s, and has given Philadelphia the highest bike commute mode share among the country's 10 largest cities.
South Street bike lane
Between 2010 and 2011
  • Bicycles crossing the Schuylkill River Bridges: 6.4% increase
  • Most heavily-used bridge: South St Bridge (291 bikes/hr during rush hour)
Between 2006 and 2011
  • Percentage of all cyclists wearing helmets: 53% (up from 31%)
  • Percentage of cyclists who are female: 33% (down from 38%)
  • Instances of sidewalk riding: 7% (down from 24%)
  • Instances of wrong-way riding: 2% (down from 3%)
  • Bicyclists using Spruce St east / west of Broad: up 127% / 17%
  • Bicyclists using Pine St east / west of Broad: up 130% / 20%
  • Bicyclists using Spruce St. in University City: up 32%

Another interesting outcome: build it and they will divert.
  • Walnut St Bridge bicycling rates are down 53% since the November 2010 opening of the South Street Bridge.
  • Bicycling rates on South Broad St are down 25% over last year, possibly due to the striping of the 13th Street Bike Lane.
Bike Counts Can't Happen Without Volunteers
BA 2010 GroupOur bike counts are critically important to our advocacy work. They provide us with data which informs many of our policy recommendations. We think we're typically on the mark - our bike counts reflect other measures of bicycling in Philadelphia (like the US Census).
Volunteers make our bike counts possible. The more volunteers we have, the better our data.

Want to help? Volunteer! Staff and volunteer hours are the main bottleneck preventing us from learning even more about how and why Philadelphia bikes. Contact to help us with future bike counts. 
Next volunteer night: Wednesday, February 29th at 6:30 PM.

Thank you to the many volunteers who helped us complete the 2011 Fall Bike Count!
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Commuting on the Ben Franklin Bridge
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