San Francisco bicycle usage up 96 percent since 2006

San Francisco bicycle usage up 96 percent since 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More people are riding bikes to get around San Francisco.

That’s according to figures released on Thursday by the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency and reported by the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/18pTNok).biked

The 2013 bike count shows a 14 percent increase in bike riders since 2011 and a 96 percent jump since 2006.

The additional bike riders come as the city has made improvements in its biking infrastructure, including new bicycle lanes and road markings that encourage drivers to share the road.

The MTA’s figures are based on surveys taken at 51 intersections during the weekday evening commute between Sept. 10 and 19.

 

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2013 bike count shows a 14 percent increase in bike riders since 2011 and a 96 percent jump since 2006.

The additional bike riders come as the city has made improvements in its biking infrastructure, including new bicycle lanes and road markings that encourage drivers to share the road.

bike 2I see this argument posed a little bit less now than when I first joined BF’s 8 years ago, there are still some who will argue that this is correlation but not necessarily causation for the increase in ridership.

There will also be those who would argue that an increase in ridership is not the goal of bike advocacy.

And there are those who will dispute that more riders makes it safer for all riders.

More likely some people started riding because they wanted to or due to gas prices decided to try something different, then the city responds, and more people join in because it looks safer than it was before…  and with more and more people riding, the city keeps responding and the numbers keep going up…  so while there is little direction correlation, there is a connection.

If that were not so then those same people would have begun to bike long before any sort of cycling facilities such as bike lanes existed…  but that is not the case.

My main complaint with bike lanes is when they are done in a way intended to be primarily beneficial to automobile road users and get cyclists the (insert explicits of your choice) out of the way !!!  Rather then being done in a way intended to be primarily beneficial to cyclists.  Also, I think bike lanes in many cases encourage a certain level of ignorance and bad riding habits among a certain class of cyclists.  I rarely see cyclists belligerently riding salmon (belligerent as in screaming at cyclists going the right way to get out of their way and or deliberately playing chicken with them) for example in the main traffic lanes where as its a serious problem in bike lanes at least in my experience, same goes for a good wide paved shoulder edge but actually to a lesser extent in my experience.

Long story short, do the bike lanes right and make sure it is clearly understand that they are just another lane on the road and the rules of the road apply in them just the same and cyclists can also use the other road lanes when necessary and I have absolutely no problem with them and to a certain degree even support them.  And then I strongly support good wide paved shoulder edges on all high speed roadways with it clearly understood that cyclists may use them if they so choose and they are not giving up their ROW or road rights by doing so.bikelane

The problems I have with bike lanes are the ones that are bad ones the worst offenders in my experience being “Door Zone Bike Lanes” (DZBL) and “Through Bike Lanes To Right Of Right Turn Only Lanes” (TBL-TRO-RTOL) and also those nasty “Gutter Bike Lanes” (GBL) that if they weren’t marked as bike lanes but rather were just shoulder edges many of us who do shoulder edge ride when the shoulder edge is ride-able would not consider them to be a ride-able shoulder edge do to their extreme narrow width and/or surface condition and/or other hazard conditions such as bike wheel eating storm drain grates and such.  And when smart cyclists refuse to use such terrible and dangerous infrastructure they are usually followed up by mandatory bike lane use laws in an effort to force us to use them.

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