Each Citi Bike averages nearly 6 rides per day, more than the bike shares in Paris, London and Washington
Smoking and soda bans aside, the reshaping of New York City’s streets has been among the most controversial hallmarks of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s three terms in office. But the bike lanes and concrete planters championed by Bloomberg were in fact the brainchild of his transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan. Along with the mayor, Sadik-Khan will leave City Hall at the end of this month, leaving behind a vast legacy of progressive transportation improvements that have altered the city’s streetscape more profoundly than any administration in at least the last 50 years. Sadik-Khan recently sat down with a handful of politicians, architects and planners at the Center for Architecture to assess six years’ worth of changes and speculate about what this city’s streets need next.
According to the Rules of the City of New York, Section 4-08 (E)(9): “It is against the law to park, stand or stop within or otherwise obstruct bike lanes.” Photo from Cops in Bike Lanes by Mikey Q
Last month a new Tumblr surfaced called Cops In Bike Lanes, that is dedicated to calling out NYPD officers obstructing bike lanes. The blog was featured at Gothamist recently and was begun by a NYC cyclist who often uses these bike lanes to get around.
These signs have started cropping up on streets all around Midtown.
What do you do when you are tired of the city lagging behind on a project that ensures the safety of many and can be easily accomplished by the citizens themselves? You forget the city and churn out some long-awaited bike lanes. As the Gothamist reports, members of the advocacy group Right of Way began to create a makeshift bike lane on 6th Avenue (from 42nd Street to Central Park) on Saturday.