Number of New Yorkers Commuting on Bikes Continues to Rise

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An increasing number of New Yorkers are taking to handlebars to get to work, according to figures released by the Department of Transportation. The DOT memo says that commuter bike riding nearly quadrupled in the last decade, growing 8 percent in the last year alone, although critics have questioned the department's methodology that amounted to periodic clicker-counting at six city locations. The DOT attributes the bike commuter rise in part to 1) the addition of 260 miles of bike lanes in the last four years and 2) an increased number of bike racks that are actually repurposed, decommissioned parking meters. It's the circle of  life, transportation style. Sweat on, people!