Mayor Bloomberg pledged to ride to work and encourages others to cycle as well.
City-owned buildings will allow employees to bring their bicycles inside, and
the Mayor requests that all building owners and managers do the same and/or
provide secure indoor bike parking for their tenants.
Set aside bike lanes on
all East River Bridges and avenues.
Encourage cycling to transit: LIRR,
Metro-North and ferries.
Allow bikes on all ferries.
Require all city workers
to follow car-pool requirement.
175,000 city employees drive to work everyday
because they have permits for free parking. This contributes to traffic jams and
is bad policy.
Bicycling Tips to Weather a
No subway? No bus? No problem!
- Number of cyclists in NYC over the last 20 years.
2. Recommendations to make it through the transit
3. Facts - Miles of bike lanes and bike paths in NYC,
number of bike racks, resources on where to find bike parking, buy bikes, get
bike maps and info about the City government and bikes.
4. Tips for new cyclists - Riding in traffic, your
bike, winter clothing.
5. Bike commuters - Interview real people who ride
On an average day, 105,000
New Yorkers ride their bikes. Biking to work, school, the store or for other
transportation is a normal activity for New Yorkers. It's a fast, easy,
healthful and fun way to get around. The City has free bike maps and 200
miles of bike lanes & paths to help people bike.
Over the last 20 years, the
number of daily bike riders has more than doubled, from 42,697 in 1980 to an
estimated 105,000 today.
In the event of a transit
strike, there will be a two to three fold increase in the number of bike
The average NYC bike commute
takes 30 minutes vs. the city average of 45 min (the longest in the US).
Recommendations to make it through the transit strike
A transit strike will create
unusual conditions and stresses for everyone in New York City. Walking and
biking will relieve traffic congestion and help the city move more smoothly
during a transit strike. Mayor Bloomberg is leading by example, by pledging to
bicycle to work. We hope New Yorkers follow and pedal as well. Following are
some specific tips for commuters who usually do not bicycle to work. But first,
two general suggestions: be patient and use your head instead of
your hormones. Riding a bicycle in the city is fun and safe if you pay
East River Bridge and Avenue
Biking/Walking Lanes to Handle Throngs
Transportation Alternatives urges the City to set aside lanes on each of the
East River bridges-Queensboro, Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn-and one
additional lane on major avenues south of 60th Street for cyclists and
pedestrians. The City did this in 1980, and it helped considerably.
Plea for Emergency Bike
Parking in Commercial Buildings and Guarded Parking
To accommodate the tremendous number of cyclists in the central business
district, Transportation Alternatives is calling on building owners and managers
Allow bicycles on freight
elevators and in workplaces if requested by tenants.
Create guarded bicycle
parking areas in parking lots, garages or storage rooms to ensure security.
Bike Lanes & Greenways
There are 80 miles of bike
lanes in NYC.
There are 120 miles of
greenways-off-street bike paths-in NYC.
According to the NYC
Department of City Planning, lack of secure bike parking is the number one
obstacle to people who want to commute by bike in NYC.
The easiest and safest
solution is for building owners and managers to allow their tenants to bring
their bicycles inside. The City should urge all buildings to allow tenants
to bring their bicycles inside and/or provide secure indoor bike parking.
The City is leading by
example and has opened 39 City-owned buildings-including City Hall, borough
halls in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island (note: the Bronx and Manhattan
do not have 'borough halls'), the Municipal Building (1 Centre Street) and
the Bronx County Court-to employees who bike to work and provides bike racks
at 12 Municipal Garages in all five boroughs.
Bicycles are vehicles
& must obey traffic laws. Ride with traffic-not against it. Obey red
lights & other traffic rules.
Stay off of sidewalks and
always yield to pedestrians. It is illegal to ride on the sidewalk. So
don't. Pedestrians always have the right of way, so be respectful of their
Avoid car doors--Stay
at least four feet from the nearest parked car. Getting "doored"
is the number one cause of bicycle crashes in NYC.
Wear a helmet. Adjust
the straps so that the helmet is snug and does not slide.
Dress Smart. Wear
light colored clothing for safety. For the cold weather, wear gloves, but
don't overdress. You should feel a little cold at the start, but you'll warm
up. Consider wearing a winter hat or bandanna under your helmet until you
Your Bike-A (Air), B (Brakes),
C (Chain lock)
Check the brakes.
Make sure they work or get them tightened. If they don't work, don't use the
Pump up your tires
(inner tubes) to the recommended pressure or until they feel very hard. This
is the best way to avoid flats. You can use pumps at most gas stations and
all bike shops.
Raise the seat so
that your knee is slightly flexed when the pedal is at its lowest point.
Use front and rear lights
during darkness. Flashing safety lights, red for rear & white for
front, are available at bike shops and many hardware stores for $6-$10. They
could save your life.
Lock your bike. Your
best bet is parking inside your building. Ask your boss if you can bring
your bike in your office or park it in a secure/guarded indoor area. If you
park outside, use a heavy-duty chain and padlock or Kryptonite NYC U-lock.
Lock through the back wheel and the frame to a secure object like a bike
rack, signpost or parking meter and take the front wheel with you. Or, use
two locks and lock the frame to a post, and the back wheel to the frame. If
you can, take the seat, or chain it to your bike.