Biking & walking increase in Twin Cities
Bicycling in Minneapolis has increased by 56 percent over the past six years, and walking by 22 percent, according to The City of Minneapolis Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count Report 2012. Throughout the Twin Cities, bicycling rose by 51 percent and walking by 24 percent, as reported by Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities.
The figures are based on annual counts conducted in September at 30 benchmark locations for bicyclists and 23 locations for pedestrians in Minneapolis. BWTC counts bicyclists and pedestrians at another 40 benchmark locations. According to the counts, the top locations for bicycling and walking are near the University of Minnesota, downtown Minneapolis, and along the Midtown Greenway and Cedar Lake Trail.
The highest percentage of nonmotorized mode share (how many bicyclists and pedestrians use a given location on a daily or annual basis as opposed to motorists) is 74 percent near the University of Minnesota at 15th Avenue Southeast. The nonmotorized mode share is 15 percent of traffic on the Lake Street Bridge, 26 percent of traffic on the Franklin Avenue Bridge, and 6 percent on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.
"As we see this shift toward more people walking and bicycling, it makes it even more compelling to see where we can reprioritize space to create streets that will work for all users, giving people the options they want," said Steve Clark, bicycling and walking program manager at Bike Walk Twin Cities.
The City of Minneapolis Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count Report 2012 is available on the City of Minneapolis web site at www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/. The Bike Walk Twin Cities 2012 Count Report is available at www.bikewalktwincities.org.