4:45 pm Aug. 21, 2012
New Yorkers continue to like bike lanes, even as the number of bike lanes and amount of riders using them continues to grow, according to a recent New York Times poll.
From the Times:
When asked simply whether New York’s bike lanes were a good idea or a bad idea, 66 percent of New Yorkers said they thought bike lanes were a good idea. ... A majority in all boroughs said they thought the lanes were a good idea, with support highest in Manhattan.
That's precisely the same level of support found by a Marist poll last summer, perhaps an indication that the expansion of the bike-lane network has made opposition deeper (see Bill de Blasio calling city transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan a "radical") without making it broader.
There are now more than 250 miles of bike lanes, which has apparently prompted an increase in ridership, at least according to the city's numbers. (The bike-skeptic New York Post disputes the numbers, which are currently calculated in New York City by extrapolating the bike-counts of strategically placed observers with hand-clickers.)
"Commuter bike riding increased 13% in 2010, and an additional 7% in 2011," according to the Department of Transportation's annual Sustainable Streets Index, which came out on Monday. "Since 2000 there has been over a 250% surge in commuter cycling in New York City."
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