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Record number of New Yorkers commuting to work on bicycles


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Forget the subway! More New Yorkers than ever are riding bicycles to work, the city's transportation department said Thursday.

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said the city is turning old parking meters into bike racks to accommodate more cyclists. A bike-rental program will also add 10,000 more bicycles to Gotham streets by next summer.

More cycle statistics:

- Commuter biking increased 8% in the last year, and was up 289% from 2001.

- 18,846 cyclists rode by six commuter locations each day this year, up from 17,491 in 2010 and 4,927 in 2001.

- More than 6,000 parking meter pokes will be repurposed for bike racks.

- 260 miles of bike lanes have been added in the last four years.

Source: Department of Transportation

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