The Steady Rise of Bike Ridership in New York

Advocates say the latest numbers are encouraging, but the city could still be
doing more.

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The newest commuter cycling numbers are out for New York City, and they’re
bigger than ever. The latest count available from the city’s transportation
department shows a 4 percent increase over the previous year, as measured
during 2014’s peak cycling season at key points in New York’s bike network
[PDF]. The 12-hour weekday count at seven data-collection points was up to
21,112—compared to an anemic 5,631 in 2002.

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That news won’t likely come as a surprise to many New Yorkers, who now
routinely see bikes outnumbering cars on some streets during rush hour. A
generation ago, a person on a bike was almost by definition an outlier who
defied the norm (and maybe common sense, given the city’s chaotic traffic
culture). Today, it’s not unusual to see parents calmly riding their kids to school
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Transit referendum: Is TransLink really wasting taxpayer’s money?

TransLink has been attacked for wasting taxpayer’s money, but do the numbers really back that up?

By Jeremy Alingham, CBC News

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TransLink has been repeatedly called wasteful by the ‘NO’ side, but the numbers question that assertion(CBC)

Since the day the Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite was announced, those opposed to
the proposed 0.5 per cent sales tax have repeatedly attacked TransLink fro what they
say is a lack of accountability and waster of taxpayer’s money.

Jordan Bateman and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) have been the engine driving
the No side in this campaign, calling TransLink “one of the country’s most wasteful
government agencies” with a  “stunningly bad record of waste.”

The CTF website says the “TransLink elite” want billions to pay for their “legacy dreams.”

But many people on the Yes side, including many of the region’s mayors and provincial politicians,
take issue with the negative claims, saying TransLink is an efficiently-run organization.

So the CBC looked further to see which side the numbers are really on.

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