Market Street bike counter tops one million trips

The Market Street bike counter has hit a milestone with more than one million bicyclists passing by this year.

As of Dec. 16, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said the bike counter, located on eastbound Market Street between Ninth and 10th streets, had tallied 1,036,822 bike trips. The counter has been in place since May 2013.

The bike counter tallied the on millionth sometime on Dec. 2 around 9 a.m.

The number of bike trips this year tallied by the bike counter has already surpassed last year’s total of 850,188 trips, a 22 percent increase, the SFMTA said.

As more people are biking in San Francisco, the transit agency said this year that it completed eight miles of new or upgraded bikeways throughout the City.

SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin said in a statement that since 2012, the transit agency has built 40 miles of bikeway in The City:

“That work might not always be easy or popular, but the 1 millionth bike trip logged by the Market Street counter is a real reminder for us all. There are growing numbers of everyday people who are riding their bikes in San Francisco and they deserve safe streets to bike on.”

The transit agency said the projects are in support of The City’s Vision Zero goal to end all traffic deaths by 2024.

Some of the work completed in 2015 includes the Judah Street bike lanes, Market Street raised bikeway demonstration, Polk Street bike lanes and Folsom Street bike lanes, the transit agency said.

The SFMTA also said it exceeded its yearly goal of installing 500 bike parking racks. This year, the transit agency installed 840 throughout The City.

Anyone interested in the daily bike counts can visit the Market Street data counter online.