UPDATE 12/28: It could happen today! Rider number 645 on Sunday will be number one million for 2014.
However, if bike trip levels today are like Saturday, the one millionth trip will happen Monday morning.
UPDATE 12/26: I have updated the numbers in the story to reflect counts as of midnight. If cycling rates are very high today and tomorrow, the one millionth trip could possibly happen as early as late Saturday. But more likely it will happen either Sunday or Monday.
It’s looking very good that we will break the one millionth bike trip over the Fremont Bridge in 2014 will happen this weekend. As of midnight(ish) Christmas night, there have been 997,813 trips measured across the bridge leaving only 2,187 to go.
The holidays — and Christmas especially — depress bike trips because so many people are off work, so it’s gonna feel more like a crawl across the finish than a sprint. Christmas and the days immediately before and after it are the least bikey days of the whole year, at least in terms of commute trips (Dec. 25, 2013 counted fewer than 400 trips all day). So getting those final 2,187 trips will probably take a few days. If it’s really rainy, it could maybe even happen Monday (though Saturday or Sunday seems more likely).
I will keep you updated on the progress through the week in case you want to go out and try to be trip number one million. So check back in here or follow @seabikeblog on Twitter for updates.
As we reported earlier this month with the help of reader Doug Ollerenshaw, we actually already achieved one million rides in a 12-month period back in September. But 2014 is on the verge of being the first calendar year Seattle reaches that mark, which seems like cause for celebration. It’s a cool symbol of how fast biking is growing in this city. Through November, biking across the Fremont bridge was up 8.3 percent over 2013. We passed the 2013 final tally of 926,025 back in mid-November.
That much growth in just one year is great, and it happened in a year that the busiest section of the Burke-Gilman Trail experienced some significant construction and sometimes confusing detours. I would not be surprised if that construction deterred some people from biking, especially people first starting out (like UW students).
I am in St. Louis visiting family, so I won’t be around to throw confetti at the person who makes the one millionth trip across the bridge. But we’ll have to celebrate this early next year for sure.