In some cities in the United States, bicycle riding constitutes a weekend leisure activity. In locations like New York City, on the other hand, bicycles are an important mode of transportation for many people. Over the past two decades, New York City has seen tremendous growth in cycling, reflecting broad efforts to expand the city’s bicycle infrastructure.
In the mid-1990s, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) established a bicycle program to oversee the development of the city’s fledgling bike network. Since then, DOT has led the charge to build an expansive network that serves an ever-growing number of New Yorkers. These efforts were accelerated following the release of PlaNYC in 2007, which set ambitious goals toward creating a more sustainable city and have been expanded further — with increased emphasis on transportation safety and equity — under the framework of OneNYC.
In the last five years, DOT has expanded and enhanced the on-street bike network by more than 330 miles, including over 82 protected lane miles, with 20 miles installed in 2018. DOT installed over 66 lane miles of bike facilities, including 55 lane miles of dedicated cycling space in 2018.
WITH THE EXPANSION OF BICYCLE ROUTES ON NEW YORK CITY STREETS AND THE INTRODUCTION OF BIKE SHARE, THERE HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PEOPLE BIKING IN NEW YORK BOROUGHS
- The creation of local bike networks beyond the Manhattan Core in communities such as Jamaica and Bath Beach encourages people to use a bicycle to get around their own neighborhoods, run errands, or visit friends.
- The completion of critical links in the protected bike lane network in places like Sunnyside, Midtown Manhattan, and the Lower East Side makes riding a bike more accessible for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Miles of protected on-street bike lanes are emboldening the more cautious and risk-averse New Yorkers to take to the streets on a bike, while the expanding reach of Citi Bik makes cycling increasingly more convenient for quick trips and multimodal commutes—even for those who do not own a bicycle.
KNOWING COMMON BIKING ROUTES IN NEW YORK AND WHO TENDS TO RIDE MORE IS ESSENTIAL IN PREVENTING OFTEN FATAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING BIKERS
Bike deaths are on the rise across the United States, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. It recorded 840 cycling fatalities in 2019 — the highest in the past 25 years. In New York City, cycling fatalities have continued to fluctuate without a clear trend. Last year the city reported an all-time-low of 10 cyclist deaths, down from 24 deaths the prior year. But the recent surge has led cyclists and transit safety advocates to ask whether the city’s ambitious plan to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2024, known as Vision Zero, is making a difference.
In 2014, then newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio made New York the first U.S. city to adopt Vision Zero. Even though the number of pedestrian and motor vehicle deaths has steadily declined since then, that hasn’t been true for cyclists, despite the construction of more than 300 miles of bike lanes.
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