Bike commuting in The City on the rise

Bicycle commuting in The City increased by 10 percent from 2008 to 2009, a rise in activity that moved San Francisco into fourth place nationally in the category.

Overall, 2.98 percent of The City’s population biked to work in 2009, a rate that placed San Francisco just behind Seattle’s 2.99 percent mark, which was the third-best in country, according to a new study released by the League of American Bicyclists. At 5.86 percent, Portland had by far the highest percent of bike commuters in the nation. Minneapolis was second, at 3.86 percent.

In 2008, San Francisco ranked fifth overall in bike commuting, but its 10 percent increase in 2009 moved The City in front of Oakland for fourth place.

That 10 percent increase came despite a four-year legal injunction against any bike-related improvements in San Francisco. Earlier this year, that injunction was lifted.

“We are committed to doing the work needed to keep the number of bicyclists growing in the years ahead,” said Nathaniel Ford, executive director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees all bike operations in The City.

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