Streetfilms: Shocker from New York. 200 Miles of New Bike Infrastructure Leads to More Biking

This year the New York City Department of Transportation measured a 26 percent jump in commuter cycling. Coming on the heels of 2008’s unprecedented 35 percent growth, that puts the total two-year increase at a whopping 66 percent.

Much
of the growth in cycling can be attributed to the installation of 200
miles of bike routes in the past three years, including innovative
facilities like the cycletracks on Eighth Avenue and Ninth Avenue,
which separate car traffic from cyclists. Safer streets get more people
to ride, who encourage their friends to ride, and more riders on the
road means cyclists are more visible and safer. The virtuous circle is in effect here in New York.

With
triple the number of cyclists on the road since 2000, we thought now
would be a good time to get a reality check from riders: How’s it going
out there? Overwhelmingly, folks we interviewed said it is getting
quite crowded on New York’s streets and bridges. Good thing bikes
aren’t space hogs!

  • I took a trip to New York this past summer, and was really impressed with all the bike facilities: Flickr pics.

  • Question to Michale Uyeno:
    Without widening the roads, is it possible to create a citywide bikeway network?

    His Answer:
    No, you need to widen the roads, remove parking, or take away a travel lane.

    Question to Michael Uyeno:
    If those things are required to make a bikeway network, then why aren’t they in the Bicycle Master Plan.

    His Answer:
    Uhhh .. EIR? Not enough money? I’m not the one making those decisions.
    _______________

    The MTA’s 2002 study of bicycling proved this simple fact: bicyclists need access to the same commercial areas and arterial streets as motorists and transit users do.

    Studies from around the world have shown that, generally, if you build a bikeway network, cycling as a mode split will increase.

    It is also easy to show that local commerce and the quality of life, safety of pedestrians, and the air quality are improved with a shift in roadway use from the private car to other modes.

    New York gets it, as do loads of other great cities around the world.

    LA … not so much.

  • *slow tear running down my cheek

  • joe

    Good for them. I am sad for us. They have put down 200 miles in 2009, we put down what? 10 miles?

  • City of Los Angeles put down (according to figures from the 2009 draft bike plan) 59.2 miles of bike lane since the 1996 Bike Master plan was adopted. If the new plan is adopted, we’ll be looking at a whopping 27.9 additional miles of bike lane citywide. (Pathetic.)

  • Brent

    I was in San Francisco for the weekend, where bicycling seems also to have increased in bounds since I was last there in 2006.

  • Well let’s not be too sad – we are home to perhaps the largest and most vibrant Bike Culture in N America. We’ve done it with absolutely zero government help.

    I saw this in a film about Austin: “If the people will lead then leaders will follow.”

    We have to make ourselves a factor in mayoral and general city politics. There is no other way.

  • We have to make ourselves a factor in mayoral and general city politics. There is no other way.

    that’s what i’m saying bicycle PAC.

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