Sunday, September 30, 2018

Commuting by bike in San Francisco down 24%

Jim Herd of San Francisco Citizen relays a scoop on bike commuting from a post on Reddit: it's down 24% since 2015. In part this is probably due to the advent of other transportation "modes," like scooters, Uber, and Lyft.

This may also be why the MTA no longer issues a credible annual bicycle count report. Instead, they now provide an electronic document dump that obscures the reality illustrated above by Herd's chart.

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At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rather than postulating "other modes" as reason for the decrease why not just note the more likely: bicyclists are for the most part recent arrivals who intended to stay just a few years and find the bicycle cheap transportation while they "do Frisco."

Note also the lack of publicity for the Child Transportation Study which found that among parents of school-age children "those seeking alternative commute options are ... least interested in bicycling." The study further states that about 70% of the respondents "had never tried bicycling and were not interested in doing so." These are people who may be in SF a bit longer than the SFBC Mission hipster.

At 11:55 PM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

Bicyclists are 2:1 male and bimodal - the young and childless, and MAMILs, middle aged men whose children are often grown. In both cases, these are cyclists who do not need to responsible for the care and financial support of young children. Women are more keen of the responsibilities and bike less.


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