A SANDAG Report Shows a 42 % Increase in Biking in the First 5 Months of the Stay-Home Order

You can only bake so much sourdough during a pandemic!

According to a recent report, another trend has emerged since the start of stay-home orders: biking.

Bicycle traffic on certain San Diego County roads and paths were up 42 percent as cooped-up residents ran close-to-home errands or sought alternatives to the gym SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments reported.

The traffic volume was measured by counters previously installed on eight bike corridors around the county, from National City to San Marcos. Each route saw an increase, ranging from 12 percent on the Landis Street corridor through North Park and City Heights, to 62 percent where the Inland Rail Trail meets Mission Road in San Marcos.

The biggest uptick in biking came during the second and third months of the statewide shutdown, from about mid-April to mid-June, with ridership increasing by more than 60 percent.

Biking volumes were up more during the weekends, with a 53 percent increase compared to a 35 percent increase during weekdays.

In a separate survey conducted by SANDAG, more than 4 in 5 residents who acknowledged they’d been biking more since the stay-home orders began said they expect to keep it up even as restrictions are lifted.

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Article by Kristina Davis