According to new data from NYCDOT, the number of bike commuters in New York City has increased by 26% over last year. Given that the increase from 2007 to 2008 was 35%, this is an astonishing number. According to Streetsblog, DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan credits New York’s expanding bike infrastructure for the increase:
The new counts bolster the evidence linking safer bikeways to increased cycling. New York’s bike network expanded significantly in the past 12 months, including protected paths on Broadway, Eighth Avenue, the Sands Street approach to the Manhattan Bridge, Allen Street, and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg.
DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan touted these improvements in announcing the new stats. “Cycling in the city continues growing rapidly as our bike network expands and becomes safer,” she said in a statement.