Portland bike ridership increased in 2023, PBOT report finds

The trend marks slowly increasing gains since bike ridership numbers dropped during the pandemic.

A person wearing a helmet rides a bike in a bike lane. Cars travel in lanes on both sides of the bike lane and a red bridge can be seen in the background.

Nearly 17% of Portland bikers rode e-bikes in 2023, according to a preview of the 2023 bike counts report.

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Portlanders are getting back in the bike saddle.

New data released by the Portland Bureau of Transportation shows bike ridership numbers inched upward by 5% in 2023. Biking was up across every sector of the city last year, particularly in Northwest, East, and South Portland, where counters logged increases of 14.9%, 12%, and 8.4% respectively.

Similar to downtown foot traffic, biking trends have a long road ahead in returning to pre-pandemic levels. Compared to 2019, the number of people riding bikes is still down 32%.

But 5% is still pedaling toward recovery, particularly in light of PBOT’s 2022 bicycle count report, which showed a startling drop of more than 40% since bike commuting peaked a decade ago.

PBOT said the full 2023 bicycle counts report will be released within a few weeks.