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Advocates say the latest numbers are encouraging, but the city could still be
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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.
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
before they head off to work themselves on two wheels. Continue reading