NEW YORK - Crowded residents are making the choice to hop on two-wheelers more often, according to city statistics.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the number of people commuting by bike is up 62 percent since the spring of 2008. And it's up 262 percent overall since 2000.

The city attributes the increase in commuter cyclists to the expansion of the bike-lane network across the five boroughs.

The Department of Transportation has installed 390 miles of bike routes since 2002 and says it recorded 18,809 cyclists per day this spring. AP wires contributed to this report.