NYC DOT conducts regular bike counts, which are summarized in Cycling in the City, an update on cycling trends in New York City that was first released in May 2016. Bike count data is available for the East River bridges and Midtown.
NYC Automated Bike Counters: Bikes Trips Summary
NYC Manual Cyclist Counts
East River Bridges
From 1980-2013, NYC DOT conducted periodic manual East River bridge bike counts. In 2014, NYC DOT installed automated counters, which provide continuous 24 hour data every day of the year that is averaged on a monthly basis. From 1980 to 2013, a multiplier of between 1.25 and 1.59 was applied to 12-hour 7am-7pm bicycle counts. This multiplier was developed from three years of automated count data collected since January 2014 and provides an estimated 24 hour count. 1980-2021 East River Bridge 24 Hour Cyclist Counts (pdf)
In 2014, NYC DOT installed automated counters, which provide continuous 24 hour data every day of the year. The documents below contain all count days, corresponding temperature and precipitation information, and a comparison to the same totals from 2021. April 2022 East River Bridge 24 Hour Cyclist Counts (pdf) May 2022 East River Bridge 24 Hour Cyclist Counts (pdf) Bicycle Counts for East River Bridges on NYC Open Data
NYC DOT also counts cyclists entering and leaving the Manhattan core at 50th Street along the avenues and the Hudson River Greenway. This data was first recorded in 1980, and has been collected annually since 1985, and three times per year—typically in May, July, and September—since 2007.
NYC DOT periodically counts cyclists at 86th Street in Manhattan along the avenues, in the park, and on the greenways. This data was first recorded in 2007, and has been subsequently collected in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017, typically in October. Uptown Bike Counts (pdf) Uptown Bicycle Counts on NYC Open Data