Here it is, a brand-new SFMTA PDF, published in May 2015:
And here’s your nut graf, on the topic of Bicycle Use, as seen on Page 5:
“2013 vs 2014: … 1% increase.”
And here’s your summary, also seen on Page 5:
Now let’s add in a little population growth in the 2013-2014 period:
And all this adds up to the headline above.
What can explain this all?
There’s no SF Bicycle Plan injunction preventing new construction these days – that ended a while back, right?
And the weather – the weather the past few years has probably been most bike-friendly since before the First San Francisco Bicycle Boom back in the 1800’s.
Here’s the reaction so far – I’ll show all that I can find, which isn’t all that much:
“Tim Papandreou @tpap_ May 15 2014 SF bike count report is up! 206% increase in cycling since 2006! Go team!”
So I guess we’d call this spin? I mean this report, or something like it, comes out every year, right? And we already knew* about the Great Fixie Craze Of The Late Aughts what made bikes cool again, so why focus upon what we already knew? The new news here, the actual news, is that Bicycle Use in San Francisco Has Stopped Growing on a Per Capita Basis, right? Moving on…
…to this, from
Stuart Rob Anderson’s Black Angus Steakhouse Square Cow Fun Bar District Five Diary
I should point out that a “1% increase” is an actual increase and not a “decrease.” And also, the reported increase is actually a little bit more than 1.5% IRL, so that’s on a par with the population increase over the same period – I mean, it’s a really close call here. The big point is that the recent era of rapid growth has ended.
I can see why SFGov wanted to delay this news until Bike To Work Day 2015…
*Or I should say I already knew, since I have more years decades hours miles on a bike in San Francisco than you, Gentle Reader, or anybody at the SFBC, or anybody at the SFMTA for that matter. Yes, bike use in SF is way up since the 1980’s, since the 1990’s, since the mid-aughts, yes, freely conceded.