There are somethings that just are ‘New York’: brunch, pizza, the subway, the great lawn in Central Park, fantastic shopping opportunities. And can we now add bike riding to the list? Is biking now a New York ‘Thing’ thoroughly knitted into the fabric of the City life?
The number of New Yorkers riding bikes is increasing at a steady 4% a year, the City Wide Bike Share program is heavily patronized and the sales of bikes and associated equipment are steadily climbing. NYC now boasts 1,000 miles of bike lanes on it’s roads and more are scheduled to be built.
In the video you’ll see last year’s City sponsored ‘Ride to Work” day with lots of happy riders and indeed New Yorkers are riding in increasing numbers. And all the new apartments being built are boasting of the bike storing facilities that are part of the ‘perks’ offered to renters/buyers
What’s good about bike riding in New York right now is that enough time has passed to help bed down the initial problems with the Bike Share program. As well the NYPD and bike riders have largely settled their differences and all the rituals associated with riding to work, riding alongside rivers and sightseeing by bike have become second nature to New Yorkers.
So more and more New Yorkers are getting on their bikes because it’s fun, cheap, good for the environment and a great way of getting exercise for new York natives and visitors alike.