Every morning, Erin Lamperty, 24, has a choice: Take three subways to get from her Upper East Side apartment to her job in SoHo or hop on her bike.

She chooses two wheels over a crowded train every time.

“It’s a good way to de-stress at the beginning and end of the day,” she said.

It turns out more New Yorkers are making the same choice. On Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that nearly 15 percent more New Yorkers are biking to work compared to last year.

Since 2008, commuter cycling has increased by 62 percent and by 262 percent overall since 2000, according to the city's analysis. For example, there were 448 more commuters over the Brooklyn Bridge between 2010 and 2011 on the five days the city conducted its count.

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