New York, N.Y.: Greatest Cycling Cities in America

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.

Thanks 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.

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