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2008 Bike Count Report

Double Dutch: Bicycling Jumps in Philadelphia

The path to urban sustainablity is paved by streets that accomodate all users, not just cars and trucks.  The 2008 bicycle counts, conducted by Bicycle Coalition staff and volunteers at key intersections and the Schuylkill River bridges, found that bicycling increased 104% since 2005, or 35% per year.  Click here for the full 2008 Bike Count Report.

Report Highlights:

  • Bicycling has increased at an impressive rate since 2005.  In three years between 2005 and 2008, bicycling doubled at counted locations (including all Schuylkill bridges and two intersections).  Bicycling increased 104%, or roughly 35% a year.    
  • Since 1990, bicycling in Philadelphia has increased 300 percent.
  • Between 2006 and 2007, the total number of bikes per hour counted on five Schuylkill Bridges (South, Walnut, Chestnut, Market and Spring Garden) jumped 40%.
  • Counting all five Schuylkill River Bridges together, on average 600 bikes per hour (BPH) crossed the Schuylkill River between West Philadelphia and Center City during peak travel times in 2008.  That’s an average of 120 BPH per bridge.   
  • Overall, the average for all bridges and intersections in 2008 was 131 BPH.  This translates into a stationary person seeing one bicyclist per 30 seconds passing in front of them.
  • It’s probable that bicycling would have increased even more dramatically if Philadelphia had a complete bicycle lane network and enhanced bicycle facilities.
  • According to the 2000 census, 83% of Philadelphia residents who use bicycles to commute to work live within a four mile radius around City Hall. 
  • The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia recommends that by 2010, Philadelphia should create an east-west bicycle boulevard(s) from 25th Street to Front Street and a north-south boulevard(s) from Girard to Washington Avenue. 

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