2010 Bicycle Report Card

Over the summer cycling season, T.A. asked cyclists to participate in a Bicycle Report Card to rate how our ever-evolving streets feel for the two-wheeled set. In a poll of more than 1,000 cyclists, Transportation Alternatives found:

  • 75 percent began bicycle commuting in the past five years, with 38 percent beginning in just the past year. Those numbers are consistent with the 79% increase in cycling throughout NYC we've seen in the past three years.
  • 99 percent cited that all problems with bike lanes that can be solved through enforcement and engineering.
  • 77 percent thought a combination of infrastructure and enforcement improvements would do the most to take NYC a better city for cycling, with more bike lanes and more enforcement of traffic laws at the top of the list.
  • More than 80 percent of cyclists who were involved crash did not fill out a crash report with the NYPD. In more than a quarter of these incidents, this was due to the driver leaving the scene or the NYPD refusing to issue a crash report.

If you build it, they will come -- Traffic Calmed streets are the choice of cyclists:

  • 62 percent choose routes based on the presence of bike lanes, scenery and calmest traffic
  • 65 percent chose routes based on the presence of bike lanes and the most direct route
  • The Department of Transportation has installed over 200 miles of bike lanes in the past three years, and with plans to continue building out NYC's bike masterplan to 1,800 miles by 2030, we can expect more and more New Yorkers to take to two wheels on these safer, saner streets.

Enforcement is a Cyclist's Best Friend. Of New York City cyclists polled:

  • More than half reported the number one problem with bike lanes was cars blocking or driving in them
  • 79 percent felt that traffic enforcement was poor or dismal when it came to keeping bike lanes clear or enforcing speeding violations
  • Only 3 percent indicated that current traffic enforcement procedures are an effective deterrent against dangerous behavior

Bikers Behave: Of New York City cyclists polled:

  • 80 percent knew all relevant traffic laws
  • 92 percent knew yielding to pedestrians is required by law
  • 91 percent felt that motorist behavior towards cyclists is poor - 35 percent thought motorists regularly break rules and make cycling unsafe
  • 34 percent felt that behavior shift by street users, motorists especially, will do the most to make NYC better for bicycling