City Counts More Bicyclists

Yesterday the Department of Transportation released findings saying that the number of regular bicyclists has increased by 8 percent this year, with an average of 18,846 cyclists a day counted at six locations: The four East River bridges, the Hudson River Greenway on 50th Street in Manhattan, and the Staten Island ferry terminal in Manhattan. According to a City Room article about the report, while the DOT says the findings are meant to show trends rather than present a tally of the total number of bicyclists in New York, some have accused the DOT of cherry-picking its stats. The article quotes John Pucher, a planning professor at Rutgers and a bicycling advocate, like so: “‘New York City D.O.T. is only picking those spots where bike commuting is increasing the most,’ he said, and leaving out the Bronx and eastern parts of Brooklyn and Queens.”
Number of Bicyclists Keeps Climbing, City Says [City Room]
Photo by S. Diddy

10 Comment

  • this should be a great revenue source to tap!!!!!!

    • How so, DIBS? The city doesn’t tap the revenue source related to cars, yet they are causing the majority of the wear and tear and congestion on the city streets.

      I believe they used to charge a nickel for cars and a penny for pedestrians and bikes on the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • this should be a great revenue source to tap!!!!!!

  • Ummm, they sure as hell do. Ever hear of parking tickets??? And moving violations for the drivers?

    • DIBS? WHAT?!

      That’s just a crazy person talking. If you consider fines for breaking the law a stream of revenue in the usual sense, then you’re (a) absurdly cynical, (b) Why is the city allowing/pushing the DOT to engineer city streets to reduce even the possibility of many moving violations?, and (c) if this is such an important revenue stream, why is it almost impossible to get a speeding ticket or almost any other moving violation in Brooklyn?

      Again — How so? What revenue stream do you foresee coming from increased cycling in the city?

  • I don’t think that the city is doing this to make money. It must me a city planning issue; they want to better accommodate transportation for the future. It is also PC to have lots of bike commuters, nice stat for the city.

  • It may be PC to have bikers in the city, but I can’t say I notice all that many bikers in the bike lanes on 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan, particularly when the weather is cold or otherwise inclement. Cars, taxis, buses, trucks, etc continue, despite the weather.

    • And, Morralkan, the cars, taxis, buses and trucks are doing just fine on 1st and 2nd avenues. Aren’t they?

      I’m so tired of the “I don’t notice many bikes” whine. It’s tiresome. Other than the fact that transportation options are a GOOD THING for everyone, especially small businesses… the painful selective perception. Even in nice weather with the bike lane loaded with bikes you’d probably say, “Doesn’t look like that many!” 20 bikes and 20 cars passing you… which would you say there were more of? (hint — the 2-ton steel things that take up 10X more space)

      • Some of the time, 1st and 2nd avenues are congested, sometimes not. But when I can walk down 5 blocks along one of those two avenues and see only 2 or 3 bicycles, I’d say that “I don’t notice many bicycles” applies. The truth is apparently a VERY tiresome thing for you. Far better to cling to your utopian view of a car-free city where no one pollutes and life is idyllic.

        By the the way, those 2-ton steel things (also lots of plastic these days) and larger vehicles carry many more people and goods than bicycles can transport and do it far more quickly. Of course, in your world, it is only the young, strong, and dense who deserve to travel around the city. The rest should be confined to their houses, I guess.

  • All hail morralkan, king of the straw man and reductio ad absurdam.