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As the city of St. Paul moves ahead with its plan to increase the number of bicycle lanes and corridors to encourage more people to commute on two wheels, a recent report found that the number of cyclists in the city fell by 7 percent last year. The number of people walking also was down compared with 2013, declining by 2 percent, according to the 2014 City of St. Paul Bicycle and Pedestrian Report.
Of course, the numbers may not paint the true picture. The report is based on manual counts by volunteers and Public Works employees who counted bike and pedestrian traffic at 43 locations between 4 and 6 p.m. on Sept. 9. The total of 2,826 bicyclists compared with 3,047 in a similar count in 2013. The number of pedestrians fell from 3,014 to 2,963.