While the bicycle commuting behaviors of those living downtown might not have shifted much from 2000 to 2010, bicycle commuting across San Francisco is on the rise.
The US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) shows a 66% increase in bicycle commuters in San Francisco from 2002 (2.1% of work trips) to 2010 (3.5% of work trips), third in the nation behind Portland, Oregon (6%) and Seattle, Washington (3.5%) in ridership among major US cities.
Other local surveys also reflect increase in bicycle use. San Francisco MTA’s annual bicycle counts have more than doubled between 2006 (4,862 riders) and 2011 (10,139) at sampled locations.
Additionally, local surveys and traffic modeling estimations show about 75,000 bike trips are being made each day out of over 2 million total trips by all modes (3.7%).
As such and as part of the San Francisco Bike Plan adopted in 2009, a proposed ordinance would amend San Francisco’s current Planning Code to increase bike parking requirements for new residential and commercial developments and expand bike parking requirements to include “schools and colleges, general retail, offices, grocery stores, manufacturing, medical services, childcare, cultural centers and so forth.”
The proposed ordinance would also establish a bike parking fund into which developers could pay an in lieu fee of $500 per required bicycle parking spot to be administered by the SFMTA and fund on-street bike parking in the vicinity of projects paying the fees.
∙ The State Of San Francisco’s Downtown: Property, People And Parking [SocketSite]
∙ San Francisco Bicycle Transportation Plan Ordinance [sfbos.org]
∙ Initiation of Planning Code Amendments for Bicycle Parking [sfplanning.org]