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Bike counts report shows increase in Portland cycling trips

November 23, 2010



Dan Anderson

Portland Bureau of Transportation


Bike counts report shows increase in Portland cycling trips

Each year since the early 1990s, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has counted bicycle trips at various locations throughout the city. Bike counts are an important indicator of whether the city is successfully making cycling more convenient, comfortable, and accessible throughout Portland.

Highlights from the 2010 report:

- Bicycle traffic on Portland’s four principal bicycle-friendly bridges and at 109 non-bridge locations showed a one-year increase of 12 and seven percent respectively.  The total number of bicycle trips in Portland (combined bridge and non-bridge) increased eight percent compared with 2009.

- Over the past ten years, each district in Portland has seen consistent and significant growth in bicycle use. Since the 2000/2001 counts, the overall trend in bicycle traffic was up 190 percent; roughly a tripling in use.

- In 2010, Southwest Portland and East Portland lead the growth in bicycle trips with 19 percent and 9.5 percent increases respectively.

- Bicycle traffic on Portland’s four principal bicycle-friendly bridges (Broadway, Steel, Burnside and Hawthorne) showed the highest number of bicycle trips since annual counts began in 2000/2001. Bicyclists represented approximately 14 percent of all vehicles crossing those bridges, up one percentage point.

- Bicycles represented approximately 20 percent of all vehicles on the Hawthorne Bridge.



The report is attached and online here:

More information about bike counts, including past counts, is here:


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