Bicycle Ridership Data
In January 2012, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved the 2013 – 2018 SFMTA Strategic Plan, which documents the vision, mission, goals, and objectives for the agency. Documenting and analyzing bicycle volumes and trends in San Francisco supports the SFMTA’s Strategic Plan Goals, which build upon the city’s Transit-First Policy to prioritize ways of traveling other than driving a car.
The agency’s vision for a sustainable transportation system citywide includes a safe, inviting network of bicycle friendly streets that is easy to use for people of a wide range of ages and abilities. Explore the pages below that:
Bicycling moves people around San Francisco using less space per person than when people go by driving. The SFMTA encourages bicycling and makes yearly ridership and trend data public. While Bike-to-Work day has moved to September this year due to the ongoing pandemic, we are excited to share San Francisco’s 2019 citywide bicycling data that we usually release in May.
The SFMTA uses a variety of bicycle infrastructure and data metrics as indicators of a healthy and growing bicycle network. In 2019, the Agency prioritized the development of a robust data management system, improving high-quality bikeway infrastructure to make bicycling less stressful and more appealing, and expanding access to bikeshare services across the city. As in past years, 2019 data is pulled from the SFMTA’s automated bike counters, annual manual count data, operator-provided bikeshare data, and the US Census. Here are some key findings from 2019 bike data:
- Streets Made for Biking: 9 miles of new bikeways were added to the citywide network and 57 intersections were upgraded or added to the citywide bike network.
- Piece of the Pie: Approximately 22,000, or 4.2% of commute trips by city residents, were bike trips in 2018.
- Automated Bike Counts: In 2019 our 39 automated counters clocked over 10.8 million bikes - 3.1% more bikes than 2018.
- Manual Bike Counts: In 2019, about 52,000 cyclists were observed at 37 locations during AM and PM peak periods, a 14% increase from 2018.
- Learning to Share: Over 1.8 million trips were made on bikeshare in 2019, with the fleet expanding to 3,000 bikes by the end of the year.
- Bike Parking: 670 bike racks were installed in 2019.
- Mega Month: August was the busiest month with 1,146,365 bikes counted at 39 counters— 27% greater than the 2019 monthly average.
- Most Popular Bi-Directional Counter: Marina Bike Path kept its spot as the most popular bi-directional counter in 2019 with over 1 million cyclists counted at Baker.
- Most Popular Single Direction Counter: Market St Eastbound Totem between 9th and 10th is the most popular single direction counter. Over 680,000 cyclists counted passed it in 2019.
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