Bring on the Bikes! Cycling Rises 28% in New York City

Found this article on http://www.infrastructurist.com about the increase in biking in New York. If it worked in NYC, it can work in Atlanta! Yes, I know that NYC has never been a haven for motorists, but it shows that with commitment from the city government, change can happen.
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"We’ve addressed New York City’s increasing focus on cycling on the policy side. And man has it worked. As Gothamist reports, biking and public transit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives has released an annual estimate on bike ridership using DOT data. They found that the number of cyclists in New York City has increased a whopping 28% in the past year. According to the report:

* 236,000 New Yorkers are riding bikes every day.
* 51,000 New Yorkers started biking in the just last year alone.
* One out of every 24 vehicles in motion on city streets is a bicycle.
* New Yorkers travel 1.8 million miles by bicycle every day.
* Bicycling is New York City’s fastest-growing mode of transportation.

As Gothamist notes, the cycling boom, which is in its fourth year of growth, is largely due to the NYC government’s commitment to increasing the city’s bike lanes, with more than 200 miles of lanes installed over the past three years, including 5 miles of physically-separated lanes. Granted, there’s also the possibility that subway cuts — which mean more crowded trains and worse service, not to mention the elimination of some lines entirely — are leading more commuters to turn to biking. Still, it’s safe to say that New York is emerging as a model of how policy initiatives can drive urban commuters to switch to cycling."

Read the article the post was based on at http://gothamist.com/2010/04/26/amazing_growth_seen_in_estimated_nu.php

Comments

Bikes

Yes, we got to let out our bikes now. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act 2010 is slated for the subcommittee meeting next Thursday. If the act is passed NHTSA will have a lot more pull with cars. Some money on each and every auto sold would go towards NHTSA'a Administration Spending budget. Cars will be forced to use a "black box" and some type of electric backup type break system. Basically anything would become a lot more strict! Now not that any of this is terrible, it just appears really unrealistic to do this to each produced auto and expect prices to remain low enough to keep our economy turning! I agree with The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, they feel that we should concentrate on some actions that could bring probably the most safety measures, instead of focusing on a ton of new regulations. Take them one at a time.