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Bike PHL Facts: We are a City Filled with Law-abiding Bikers
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Bike PHL Facts: We are a City Filled with Law-abiding Bikers

Bike Commuting Philly - Bicycle Coalition Report

Bikes, babes & ‘biding citizens. We’re filled with ’em.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia released a report today using 9 years of beautiful biking data. We’ve been #1 for bike commuting for a while now and continue to dominate the scene.

2014 Bike PHL Facts

For example, our city-wide bike gang grew 260% between 2005-2013. We have 2 of the top 25 neighborhoods nationwide for bike commuting (props to South Philly & Center City). And more ammo for more bike lanes: We see way more bike helmet use and less salmons/sidewalk riders on streets with bike lanes. (BTW – Salmons are the WORST.)

Want to impress the ladies, Philly? Our city’s improved bike infrastructure is like a chick magnet, as women prefer them over the bad-ass street boys without a lane.

6 Top-Level Facts from the report:

  • Philadelphia remains the top big American city for bicycle commuting;
  • Between 2005 and 2013, bicycle commuting across the Schuylkill River rose 260%;
  • The South Street Bridge carries 44% of all bicycle traffic across the Schuylkill;
  • South Philly and Center City are top-25 neighborhoods for bike commuting in the country;
  • Since 2009, the neighborhoods with the largest growth in bicycle commuting are Southwest Philadelphia, Brewerytown/Temple University area, and Fishtown/Kensington;
  • Buffered bicycle lanes attract more bicyclists, more female bicyclists, and more law-abiding bicyclists than streets with regular or no bike lanes.

Don’t pee your bike shorts with excitement just yet: We’re only #11 as far as percentage of population bike commuting at a little over 5%, after Portland (10%), Madison, Boulder & others.

Find the full Bicycle Coalition report filled of pretty graphics & stats here.

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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