Philly sees boom in cyclists, 471% increase on Kelly Drive Trail during coronavirus restrictions - P

Philadelphia cyclists are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in jaw-dropping numbers, hitting the Kelly Drive Trail by an increase of 471% since the beginning of March compared to the same period last year, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia said Friday.

With tightening restrictions throughout the city and large parts of the county, it seems many Philly residents are practicing social distancing on their bikes.

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Planning Commission maintains automated counters on Circuit Trails around the region. While this year's mild winter played a role in the greater number of cyclists even before the arrival of COVID-19, it's clear that the current crisis has led to higher counts on the city's trails.

Data published by the Bicycle Coalition show dramatic increases on all of the city's most popular routes.

Automated Bike Counts

"So far in March, counts are basically off the charts," the Bicycle Coalition said in a blog. "DVRPC data show a 471 percent increase in bicycling along Kelly Drive between 2019 and 2020 — which is unprecedented. All trails are way up, according to DVRPC and, on average, bicycling is up 151 percent, compared to the same period in 2019."

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