Awesome: The number of cyclists in New York City has TRIPLED in the past 10 years!
New Amsterdam, again?New York City is becoming more and more a city of bikes. Thanks to data from the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), which tracks long-term trends in NYC cycling by doing counts of bicycle traffic over the four East River Bridges, the Staten Island Ferry, and on the Hudson River Greenway. The DOT counts cyclists monthly from April to October, with three additional counts in May, August and September for a total of 10 counts per year. These have taken place annually since 1984, so we can see the long-term trend, and it is decidedly up!
In the past 10 years, between 2004 and 2014 (the last complete year in the dataset), the number of cyclists has basically tripled. That's great because over the previous 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, the number had not even doubled. Hopefully we're entering a sustained period of rapid growth which will lead to a virtuous cycle of more cyclists, making more people feel comfortable on bikes, leading to more cyclists, which leads to more infrastructure (protected bike lanes, bike sharing, more bike racks, etc), which leads to... You get the idea.
Here's a more detailed table showing how each year compares and how much cycling growth took place:
NYC DOT/Public Domain
It looks like the financial crisis had an impact, because both 2008 and 2009 saw big increases.
I'll leave you on what 'bike rush hour' looks like in NYC: