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NYC's Bike Lanes

The urbanization of the city has accelerated in recent years to accommodate the influx of commuting people from both the city and from outside Manhattan. The increasing amount of bus lanes, improved frequency of subway trains and the progression of bike lanes are all efforts made to ease the commuting experience. Bike lanes take up the sides of the roads, but more CitiBike racks demonstrate that the city is gravitating towards a more bike-dominated city.

In 1978, the first bike lanes were created from Central Park South down to 23rd St. Since then, bike lanes have been a constant experiment and a successful one at that because the city continues to fund bike lanes as it provides more benefits than meets the eye. Bike lanes allow for vegetation to thrive and puts less stress on the environment than a car would. Bike lanes are known as “greenways” located in parks parallel to the beautiful nature around the city such as the Hudson River, Central Park, and Battery Park creating an infrastructure that celebrates one of the highlights of the city at the benefit of its inhabitants.

The city is dedicating and allocating funds to continue this trend of bike lanes within parks and to create an interconnection between boroughs. For example, the Pelham Greenway leads into Westchester County. It is a complete cyclist revolution and many park projects along the riverside are being restored and preserved for a more ergonomic commuting or recreational experience. New York is embracing an environmentally conscious, low-cost, and stable method of transportation and it will continue to do so through its numerous projects.

The increasing amount of bike lanes and shift in focus into this method of transport only needs one thing: bicycle parking. The Bike Corral Program, Bike Parking Shelters, and the accommodation of bicycles being allowed in buildings are all circulating bicycle facilitation.

A bike rack can be found on corners to easily park one’s bicycle or a bike parking shelter.

New York City cycling risk has dropped impressively over the years down an 80% risk of injury according to the website and it has seen a boost in the number of cyclists. Will you take your bike out?

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