Overheard in New York: Biking Up 35 Percent in 2008

jsk.jpgA tipster reports that DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan dropped an interesting stat at an NRDC fundraiser Tuesday night: A fresh batch of bike traffic counts are in, and the numbers show a 35 percent gain compared to 2007 levels.

Sadik-Khan also touted components of DOT’s Sustainable Streets plan that could be especially relevant for other American cities:

The new Streetfilms interview/walking tour with the commish provides a great introduction to these initiatives.

File photo: Brad Aaron

  • Based upon my own unscientific observations, I’d say that’s about right, if not actually understated. There are just more bikes out on the streets these days. Hooray.

  • Kudos to New York – you have truly earned it with all these improvements. What a refreshing change. The nation is watching you in awe – now keep going.

  • paulb

    The 35% is probably a city-wide average that disguises how dramatic the difference is in certain neighborhoods. Between lower Manhattan and near Brooklyn–Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, etc.–I think it’s way higher than a 35% increase.

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