Bicyclists

Bicycle Counts

All-Year Cycling Indicator

Five years ago, DOT began counting cyclists in winter months and off-season cycling has seen significant growth—indicating that more and more New Yorkers are cycling year round as part of their transportation routine. A new report details this information and shows that bike riding is at record highs. Download Cycling in the City (pdf)

In-Season Cycling Indicator

DOT tracks long-term trends in New York City cycling using the In-Season Cycling Indicator (pdf). The Indicator is derived from counts of bicycle traffic over the four East River Bridges, the Staten Island Ferry, and on the Hudson River Greenway that have been taken annually since 1984. 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.

Bicycle Screenline Count

The Bicycle Screenline Count tracks bicycle traffic entering and leaving the Manhattan core via the East River Bridges, the Staten Island Ferry, each avenue at 50th Street and the Hudson River Greenway. DOT conducted its first comprehensive “screenline” count of bicyclists in 1980. The count has been conducted annually since 1985. Since 2007, DOT has counted three times a year, in May, August and September. The count had historically been conducted in July or August. The count is performed midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday), and includes a 12-hour count (7 am – 7 pm) and, since 2007, an 18-hour count (6 am – midnight). The data collected through the screenline count is used to derive the Commuter Cycling Indicator. Download the screenline counts for 2000–2012 (pdf)

The data are incorporated into New York Metropolitan Transportation Council's annual Hub-Bound Travel Report. NYMTC also collects data on cycling in the five boroughs and suburbs through the NYMTC Bicycle Data Collection Program.

Bicycle Screenline Counts

Rounded to the nearest hundred. Years marked with (*) are the average of May, August and September counts.

Year 12-hour 18-hour
1980 6,600 N/A
1990 10,900 N/A
2000 12,800 N/A
2005 16,300 N/A
2006 22,300 N/A
2007* 19,900 27,000
2008* 22,700 31,200
2009* 28,300 38,400
2010* 33,000 43,600
2011* 34,600 48,300
2012* 32,200 45,300

* Average of May, August and September counts

2012 Bicycle Screenline Count Details

Counts are the average of May, August and September counts, rounded to the nearest ten.

Road or Bridge 12 Hour Avg 18 Hour Avg 18-Hour as Pct. of Total
First Avenue 1,072 1,574 3%
Second Avenue 1,286 1,835 4%
Third Avenue 1,023 1,589 4%
Lexington Avenue 736 1,052 2%
Park Avenue 1,021 1,483 3%
Madison Avenue 969 1,308 3%
Fifth Avenue 1,485 2,039 5%
Sixth Avenue 1,554 2,343 5%
Seventh Avenue2 752 1,215 3%
Broadway3 705 1,021 2%
Eighth Avenue 1,158 1,868 4%
Ninth Avenue 1,123 1,838 4%
Tenth Avenue 557 949 2%
Eleventh Avenue 420 575 1%
Twelfth Avenue 101 183 0%
Hudson River Greenway 5,455 6,887 15%
Subtotal 19,417 27,761 61%
Brooklyn Bridge 2,054 2,661 6%
Queensboro Bridge 2,717 3,670 8%
Williamsburg Bridge 4,284 6,134 14%
Manhattan Bridge 3,534 4,703 10%
Staten Island Ferry 235 344 1%
Subtotal 12,824 17,512 39%
Total 32,240 45,272 100.0%

2. Average of August and September counts
3. Average of May and September counts