More than 1M bikes hit Market St. in 2015

A counter system has now tallied more than 1 million bike trips that were made this year on a main thoroughfare in San Francisco, according to city transportation officials.

The amount of bike trips counted on eastbound Market Street between 9th and 10th streets was 1,036,822 on Dec. 16, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

This is an improvement on the 850,188 total bike trips tallied last year at the same location, SFMTA officials said.

SFMTA officials see this as a significant achievement given recent investments in the city’s biking network.

This year, eight miles of new or upgraded bikeways were installed in 12 corridors citywide, including a raised cycletrack on Market Street, according to the SFMTA.

There were also apparently new bike lanes added to Judah, Folsom and Polk streets, as well as protected bikeways on Oak, Fell and Bay streets.

This endeavor is aligned with the city’s Vision Zero goal, SFMTA officials said, an effort to eliminate serious traffic injuries and fatalities in by 2024.

In a statement, Mayor Ed Lee said the City is making historic investments in the safety of all of our streets:

“(We) have made Market Street safer for the ever-increasing numbers of bicyclists who use it every day.┬áBecause of (voters) who are supporting our investments in transportation infrastructure, we will continue with more projects in the coming year along Polk, Masonic and 2nd streets.”