New Yorkers ditched the subway for good old-fashioned pedal power this summer, cycling a near-record number of times across the East River bridges as the COVID-19 pandemic scared people away from crowded mass transit.

More than 25,000 cyclists crossed the city’s four East River bridges on an average weekday from July through October, according to data from the city Department of Transportation.

That’s up by some 4,300 daily cyclists — or 21% — from the same period of 2019. October saw the biggest gains in biking, with 25,537 cyclists crossing the bridges, 30% more than last year.

New Yorkers ditched the subway for good old-fashioned pedal power this summer, cycling a near-record number of times across the East River bridges as the COVID-19 pandemic scared people away from crowded mass transit.

More than 25,000 cyclists crossed the city’s four East River bridges on an average weekday from […]

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