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NYC Bike Map-DOT-2016

The New York City Department of Transportation has released its annual bike map, both digitally and with a circulation of 375,00 hard copies that will go in bike shops, libraries and schools throughout the five boroughs. Gothamist reports that the map has 70 miles of new or upgraded bike lanes and that the DOT has promised 15 new miles to come this year. The map also comes with a list of bike shops, biking tips, and a legend that shows different types of bike lanes (protected, shared, and more), as well as the location of Citi Bike docks.

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Todd W. Schneider is a software engineer who has been analyzing the New York City’s open data in his spare time, documenting the results on topics as varied as Citi Bike trips, Uber v. Taxi pickups, and non-city oriented topics like the 2016 election. With Citi Bike topping 10 million rides in 2015, Schneider decided to take a deep dive into the transportation system’s open data. One of the most fun maps he’s created in the bunch is an animation of the rides taken on September 16, 2015. The day is random (albeit a weekday) but Schneider uses it to show general trends in Citi Bike usage.

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WNYC Map “Bike Blockers: What’s in Your Way?”

Bikers know that many factors shape the efficiency of a good biking route. You have to pay attention to pedestrians, tourists, taxis, incline, traffic volume, safety, time of day, quality of the road, and more. One of the most annoying and disruptive may be the illegally parked car in the bike lane. Have no fear, master mappers WNYC has a new Fun Map: Bike Blockers What’s In Your Way? Snap a picture of these “bike blockers” and let the biking community know where these perpetrators are located by emailing a geolocated photo to bikes@wnyc.org.

We’ve embedded the map above (click on icons to see blockers) but you can also enjoy this map on the WNYC website.

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Daily NYC bike commuters‘ fragile existences hang in the balance of which route they choose to take. Quick and efficient routes depend on a number of factors, including directness, traffic volume/flow, safety, time of day, and the overall nature of the neighborhood. Below, we recommend both five routes you should start taking advantage of and five routes you should drop like a bad habit. We assume that you’ve already learned that the Hudson River Park Bikeway is awesome and the Brooklyn Bridge is, well, not, and hopefully you’ve taken in our top 10 tips for biking in NYC.

Routes You Should Utilize

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Nicholas Reale, the Untapped Cities resident biking expert, tour guide for Get Up and Ride and former bike messenger, shares his Top 10 Tips for biking in NYC, if you’re looking to move from the intermediate, post Citibike stage to expert urban cycler. 

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With a burning desire to elevate your NYC bike lifestyle to the next level, you’ve made the $150 investment for some endearing hunk o’junk (which you will soon christen as Betsy, or whatever) from that ex-hippie that sells bikes street-side on Avenue A. It would be incorrect to call you a “newbie,” but just the same you’re not quite the “expert” yet. Below, we detail some of the top habits and tips to get acclimated with, if you wish to make biking in NYC a daily part of your routine. We’ve intentionally excluded the obvious things like, “Wear a helmet!” and, “Get a bell!” assuming that you have a functioning brain and want to keep it that way.

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It’s summertime which means it’s time to make maximum use of your bike or your Citibike membership. Here, we’ve put together four bike routes for cyclists who are looking to discover some history along with their ride. Included in this article are a leisurely ride from Prospect Park to Brighton Beach, jumping across the East River between Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Manhattan, a jam-packed historical route through downtown Manhattan, and a cultural jaunt through Upper Manhattan.

1. The Leisure Lover

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Where to: Northern Prospect Park along the Ocean Parkway to Brighton Beach

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