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Bicycle Commuting Increases Dramatically in Center City

PHILADELPHIA (October 27, 2014) – During the past two years, the number of bicyclists traveling northbound into Center City increased 33.4%, based on a new survey conducted by the Center City District. An average of 1,165 riders entered downtown at Spruce Street in the hour between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the northbound streets between Third and 22nd Streets in mid-September, up from 873 in 2012.

The rise in number of bicycle commuters can be attributed in part to gas prices that have remained consistently above $3 per gallon since January 2011, neighborhoods surrounding Center City growing in numbers of young people, and more amenities such as bike storage being offered at the workplace.

The Center City District counted the number of northbound bicyclists at Spruce Street during rush hour September 9 through 18 and found that the two streets with dedicated bike lanes experienced the highest volumes of cyclists. As the City of Philadelphia considers additional dedicated bike lanes, this report can offer important validation that bicycle amenities are essential for the 21st century.   

To read the 2014 edition of Center City Reports: Bicycles, produced by the Center City District and the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation,  please go to centercityphila.org/docs/CCR14_bicycles.pdf [PDF].


The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at www.centercityphila.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

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