Bike Breakthrough: Connecting Neighborhoods with Low-Stress Routes

| 11/1/2017 8:34:00 AM


Photo by Planetgordon

For me, a good bike ride is both relaxing and stimulating — a chance to revel in the passing scenery as I feel the wind blow across my face. But I never expected to experience this in New York City. Navigating Brooklyn and a bit of Manhattan on two wheels for the first time was a sublime surprise. Instead of constantly peering over my shoulder fearful of cars speeding toward me (as I expected), I actually savored the street life all around while pedaling through town.

What made this ride so pleasurable and surprising is a well-connected grid of safe and comfortable bike routes featuring protected bike lanes on busy avenues and painted lanes on quieter streets. Built over the last decade as part of a methodical plan to improve biking in New York,  this network explains Brooklyn’s doubling of bike commuters over just five years, 2009-2014.

Those 10,000 new bike-commuting Brooklynites, not to mention the tens of thousands of others in the borough who now bike for shorter errands and social trips, are more than a trend.

They're a model.

11/23/2017 10:13:32 PM

Of course, no mention of pedestrians (New York City's most common kind of commuter) who feel threatened by reckless bicyclists, especially those riding against the flow of traffic where a pedestrian does not expect to see them.