17 October 2010

Bicycles Are Returning to NYC


Clarence at Streetfilms has produced another fine film, this one about the leaps and bounds the city has made regarding bicycle infrastructure.

Regardless of age or ability, everyone deserves the right to a safe and convenient bike commute. In New York City, every day the DOT is making that more of a reality - thanks to an incredible diversity of bike facilities. The city has moved past simple, striped bike lanes and on to refreshing configurations like curbside, floating parking-protected, physically separated, two-way bike paths.

Bike riding is on the rise. Commutes that were unthinkable years ago, are becoming attainable. Riders are more confident in their knowledge of the street grid. One resource that helps is the NYC Cycling Map. Use this cycling freebie to not only link up to the best routes in your neighborhood, but also to find alternatives and experiment with your riding. You'll be amazed how easy - and safe - it can be.

So for inspiration and major cajoling, I decided to hop on my Batavus Dutch crusier and show you my new commute from Jackson Heights, Queens all the way to the Streetfilms offices in lower Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge. It's a hardy 11 miles each way, and yet almost 90% of the journey is on some sort of bike facility or marked bike route. Furthermore, about 5 miles of it is on completely separate car-free bicycling paths, its no wonder that many days I arrive at work in a zen-like state.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing!

Green Idea Factory said...

"Unthinkable". Hmmm...

Ashley said...

Thanks for taking the trouble to make this. Changed a lot of the perceptions I had (at a distance) about what kind of a city NYC is to ride in. Going on this it compares pretty favourably to Sydney.

bikefish said...

Here's something NYC should try - on the website for Portland OR's tourist bureau, there's a link to hotel packages that include bicycles! Take a look:
http://www.travelportland.com/special_offers/bicycling.html

If NYC had some deals like this, I might consider visiting again!

Marcus said...

Bikefish - don't wait for the city's web site to list 3 hotels with free bike rentals!

They've been busy adding bike lanes, not updating their website. Just come on anyway and rent (or bring) your own. Or if you really need a hotel to give you a bicycle, the Bowery Hotel, Soho Grand and the Gansevoort will.

James D. Schwartz said...

Awesome! Great to see NYC forge ahead. Meanwhile, here in Toronto the top two candidates for mayor think that bikes belong in ravines and valleys. Sigh...

Jim Moore said...

I cannot fathom why Janet Sadik-Khan, who is driving a lot of the fantastic things being done in NYC, promotes helmet use when cycling in NYC. She also promotes cycle chic and cycling in general but it's quite obvious these are incongrous with promoting helmet wearing.

I had read that she was working with Jan Gehl on these projects, and still could not fathom the helmet promotion if she was adopting many of the ideas that Gehl promotes for liveable cities. Then I came across this on his website: "Everybody at Gehl Architects bike to work. That’s why the company just invested in some nice, red bicycle helmets, so that all employees can bike around safely in the streets of Copenhagen." 31 October 2008.

This sounds terrible in terms of promoting cycling as a safe mode, especially in Copenhagen, and goes completely against the Copenhagenize ethos. Therefore I was wondering whether Mikhael C-A had anything to say about this divergence of ideas.