NYC is working towards a plan for a better city by 2030 (!), and biking improvements are a significant part of this plan.
So far, the city has has constructed an impressive 420 miles of the 504 miles planned for separated bike lanes in NYC. These lanes separate bikers from the flow of traffic either with a median or a lane of parked cars. In addition to separated lanes, NYC has 1,296 miles of bicycle lanes designated by more typical street markings.
The city is also trying to improve public education on the benefits of cycling and on safety issues, add bike racks and lockers, and improve observation of traffic and bicycling laws.
As a biker, I’m cheered by all the new bike lanes I’ve seen in recent years. But NYC drivers still have a long way to come in terms of sharing the road and respecting basic driving laws. In all fairness, many bikers ride recklessly, plowing onto sidewalks, talking on the phone in heavy traffic and etc. So people could definitely improve their curbside manner.
You can read more about the plan here.
Does anyone have any comments or problems about the plan as it’s been rolled out so far?