Streetfilms: NYC Bike Lanes 101

In some cities people are so desperate for bike lanes they’ll mark their own. Elizabeth Press of Streetfilms in New York City, on the other hand, had this to say about the work the NYC Department of Transportation has been doing in her city: "It
feels like every time I get on my bike there is a new bike lane —
sometimes on the left, sometimes buffered, and sometimes completely
separated from automobile traffic."

For those of us who live in cities that haven’t caught the bicycle infrastructure fever or have been prevented from such by a bicycle injunction, perhaps the best we can do is tag along with her as she rides the streets with NYC DOT bicycle infrastructure staff as they show off the many classes of bike lanes and
inventive facilities they have added in the past few years.

Behold and be bicycle-lane green with envy!

  • Very nice to see how quickly New York is moving ahead in this area (leaving us choking in their metaphorical dust.) This type of infrastructure would triple the number of bicyclists in San Francisco. My only beef is with sharrows. As a bicyclist they make me happy, but as a driver I pretty much ignore them completely. The signs (upright, not on pavement) saying “Cars share this lane with bicycles” are more effective.

  • Also, if you have time,check out this video about bike infrastructure in Utrecht (the Netherlands)

    http://hembrow.blogspot.com/2009/10/bicycle-superhighway-from-1970s.html

    There are less groovy paint colors, but there are miles upon miles of lovely infrastructure. (Yes, it looks like they took out roadside parking in some places to accomplish it.) Of course, Holland, the bicycling capital of Europe, put all this in place in the 1970’s. That puts us, what, 30 years behind?

    If you have patience to watch to the end, check out the massive amount of bike parking at the mall.

  • Nice one, also pleasant representatives talkin about it.

    Towards the end one of the guys mentions traveling through a whole section of the West Side towards Soho or Tribeca etc without leaving a cycling facility, but what I am curious about is 1 – How long a trip takes/average speed, 2- How many times a cyclist stops on average and 3 – If DOT is considering any kind of Green Wave-type solution…

  • james

    NYC puts SF to shame. They have miles of protected bike lanes and are going to install 5 more miles on the Upper West Side. Here in SF, we have yet to install our first foot of protected bike lane and there are no firm plans to install any at this time.

    We hail right turns on Market as some great advancement, and I suppose in the context of SF, it is. It makes an extremely unsafe condition on Market somewhat better but it is still way too dangerous for new riders to consider using it.

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