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Weekday bicycling on SF’s streets increased 8 percent in 2016

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) released an annual report this week, covering traffic and transportation trends from 2015-2016. Based on their reporting, bicycling on San Francisco’s streets during the week has increased eight percent in the past year.

“The popularity of biking is growing faster than that of any other transportation mode in San Francisco. And for the first time this year, we found through independent public polling that a majority of San Franciscans now bike at least occasionally,” said Chris Cassidy, spokesperson for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. “It’s really exciting to see our community taking our health and well-being into our own hands.”

Other bike-related milestones recorded by the SFMTA include the installation of 465 bike racks across the city, 4.22 miles of new bicycle lanes and more than 2.5 miles of upgraded bicycle facilities.

SEE RELATED: ‘Protected’ intersection completed at 9th and Division streets

Two new-to-San Francisco bike infrastructure systems have also been installed in the past year, including a short stretch of raised bike lane on Market Street, and a “protected” intersection at Ninth and Division streets.

“We are dedicated to continuing to improve the experience of riding a bike in San Francisco,” the SFMTA states. “That’s why we have upgraded the city’s bicycling facilities, begun construction on even more bicycle-friendly corridors and provided additional places to park bicycles.”

SEE RELATED: SFMTA releases study results on SF’s first raised bike lane

To help cyclists get to where they’re going, a project also launched in 2016 to install 1,200 “wayfinding” signs guiding cyclists to popular destinations.

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