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Cycling and mass transit use up, car traffic down: report

Cycling and mass transit use continues to increase in New York City, while car traffic has declined in recent years.

Credit: Getty Images Bike use was on the rise even before CitiBike's program was implemented. Credit: Getty Images

In CitiBike's first three months, customers covered more than 5.5 million miles — but cycling was increasing long before the bike share's May launch.

Annual average cycling increased 58 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a report with the most recent available data published by the city's Department of Transportation Thursday.

Subway and bus ridership has also increased last year, the report found, while car traffic has declined nearly 4 percent since 2003.

For New Yorkers traveling to neighborhoods south of 60th Street — known as Manhattan's Central Business District — the trend toward climate-friendly transit is even more pronounced.

Subway and bus ridership into this district has increased nearly 3 percent since 2009, while the number of vehicles entering this district has stayed mostly the same.

As the temperature cools, the data suggests New Yorkers' love for cycling won't let up: Winter bike riding has increased 86 percent since 2008 in the city.

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