NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — New York City has become more bicycle-friendly but at what cost? The City Council was holding a hearing Thursday to figure it out.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

1010 WINS Reporter Stan Brooks on the push back for the bike plan
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to more than triple the number of bike lane miles by 2030, but some New Yorkers want him to hit the brakes.
In recent years the administration has been expanding the bike lane network, which now covers nearly 500 miles of city streets.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports
Some City Council members said that they have constituents who walk the streets in fear of being hit by cyclists.
Others have complained that roads are made too narrow by bike lanes. They also say parking is more difficult on bike lane streets.
Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says the administration’s plan to make the city more bike-friendly has been wildly successful.
She said the streets are safer and more people are engaging in a healthy activity.

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Comments (8)
  1. David says:

    This is pure hysteria. I have biked over 10,000 miles in NYC over the last 7 years and I can count on one hand the number of times I have so much as startled a pedestrian. And most cyclists have similar safety records. A few stories turn into sensation, meanwhile, drivers kill several people EVERY WEEK. Where’s the City Council hearing about that?

  2. Josh says:

    anecdotally, I was just hit by a bicyclist tuesday on 6th ave. He’d decided to run a red light, in the bike lane, at night, without a headlight. I’m all for reducing car traffic, but i am NOT in favor of increasing unregulated vehicles. If it’s on the road, license it, license-plate it, and ticket it for moving violations.

    1. Jane says:

      Yeah, let’s license walkers, joggers, hoppers, skippers, and runners too for all the jay walking they do, and all the accidents, including deaths, that occur? Notice how the link to vehicles in your post goes to a motorized vehicles, not a bicycle? Make the streets truly bike friendly, and the problems will decrease.

  3. Mike says:

    I still rarely see bikers in the bike lanes in manhattan… i see them on streets next to streets with bike lanes… i see them across the street of the bike lane but not in it… and i see them going through traffic lights like its no problem at all, even when the light is specifically made to be a bike lane light

    heres an idea… start ticketing bikers for not following the rules that the city is making for them specifically instead of catering to a group that does whatever it wants anyway

    1. Chris says:

      Mike, there’s no law that requires cyclists to ride in a bike lane.

  4. Fred says:

    Cyclists are now plowing down pedestrians at the curb and trucks are parking in the middle of the avenue.

    1. Chris says:

      Where? One pedestrian has died in a cycling collision in NYC in the past three years. How many of those trucks have killed pedestrians? I count at least two THIS WEEK.

      1. Fred says:

        The point is, cyclists have no regard for traffic laws or pedestrian safety.

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