Latest Q-Poll: Bike-Share Even More Popular Than Bike Lanes

After a series of polls showing big majorities of New Yorkers favor expanding the city’s bike lane network, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute has turned its attention to a wider range of bike issues. It turns out that with 58 percent support, bike lanes aren’t even the most popular bike program the city is undertaking. That would be bike-share, which has a staggering 72 percent approval rating (23 percent are opposed).

Literally every demographic surveyed by Quinnipiac expressed majority support for bike-share. Staten Islanders were the most skeptical, but even in the city’s smallest borough, a slight majority of 52 percent of respondents said they support the program. A full 79 percent of Hispanics, and 87 percent of New Yorkers between the ages of 18 and 34, support the program.

Enthusiasm was slightly lower for the prospect of putting a bike-share station in people’s own neighborhood; 59 percent of people said they’d like to see bike-share near their home, compared to 34 percent who don’t want one.

Interestingly, far more people said they support the bike-share proposal than plan to use it. Only 45 percent of New Yorkers say they’d use bike-share to get around for short trips. Of course, if 45 percent of the city’s 8.4 million residents actually started riding bike-share, the program would probably be too popular to function.

The number of New Yorkers who support the expanded bike lane network remained essentially constant, with 58 percent in support and 37 percent opposed (a Marist poll, using different wording, found 66 percent support for bike lanes). The Q poll results display the classic NIMBY dynamic, however. When asked whether they want to see more bike lanes in their neighborhood, 46 percent of respondents were in favor and 48 percent opposed. Hispanics, Manhattanites and young people were the groups that showed majority support for bike lanes in their backyards.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Twelve months of all out propaganda and they didn’t even move the dial.

    Moreover, I’m not sure “young people” are among the groups that favor bike lanes locally.  More like the generations that happen to be young right now are in favor along with, presumably, those coming after.  Births and deaths will increase the popularity of bicycles and bike lanes over time, even if not a single person changes their mind.

  • @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus That’s a good clue that the support is deep-seated, and not a result of “propaganda”…

    As they build more and more lanes and roll out bike-share, the numbers should go up, once even the crufty hate-everything oldsters see how nice they make the city—but of course it’s going to take a time-scale longer than a few months… these people are not quick.

  • Marty McFly

    Jim Walden’s all-out war on bike lanes.  Steve Cuozzo’s madness.  Andrea Peyser’s hysteria. The Daily News’ idiotic editorials.

    And guess what? Support for bike lane grows little by little every time another poll is released.  So listen up, NIMBYs: the future called.  You lost.

  • ben from bedstuy

    Bike share is popular now as an idea. Just wait till all those people can try out city bike riding. When they discover how great it is to bike in the city, they might join us in clamoring for ever-expanding bike lanes to make their trips safer.

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