New York, N.Y.: Greatest Cycling Cities in America
Though swarming with cutthroat cabs, zigzagging pedicabs and commuting
drivers, New York City has a well-established and swiftly growing bike
culture. New York's hardy bicycle messengers have always given
bikes a strong presence in the city, but there's also a growing
population of bicycle commuters. Though the percentage of bicycle
commuters may seem slim at .61 percent, it's still a sizeable number
when you consider New York's population of almost 8.4 million people.
to NYC's proactive Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan,
additional bike lanes are planned for the city, as well as a Bike Share
program expected to be available to the public starting summer 2012. In
just three years, from 2006 to 2009, NYC's Department of Transportation
added 200 bike-lane miles in all five boroughs. DOT also supports biking
through events such as Summer Streets, in which several highly
congested NYC streets are closed off to traffic for several hours during
a few summer weekends.