Hot Off The Presses, NYC’s 2012 Bike Map

A detail from the official 2012 bike map, released today.

2011 wasn’t New York City’s biggest year for bike lanes. After building around 50 lane-miles a year since 2007, DOT only built 8.7 lane miles last year, thanks in large part to the sustained political and media attack on bike infrastructure that peaked that year.

Even so, the bicycle network is a little bit bigger and better than before, so regular cyclists are going to want to get their hands on this year’s official bike map, released today. You can download the PDF on DOT’s website, here.

We particularly enjoyed seeing the First and Second Avenue bike lanes creep northward and new and improved Queens approach to the Queensboro Bridge.

Here’s looking forward to a 2013 map that not only has a bevy of new green, red and orange lines, but 600 bike-share stations marked off as well.

  • Mike

    Oh God, are they really going to put the bike share stations on next year’s map? So much clutter!

  • Anonymous

    Mike: Oh, I have no idea what they’ll actually do. I have to imagine that as a bike-share user, you’d want a map that had both stations and routes on it. Maybe the thing to do would be to make different versions?

  • I like the new map. Easier to read. Already spotted two head scratches though… there’s a class two lane indicated on Atlantic Avenue from Clinton to the water. I love the idea but if there’s no protected path, trucks are gonna roll over cyclists… a lot. Also.. in Bath Beach, how did the class 3 sharrow move from Bath to Cropsey avenue between 20111 & 2012? is that a mistake?  also glad they fixed the 7th avenue type farther west around the Dyker Heights golf course. Looking forward to see what other items fellow #bikenyc sleuths see here…

  • Anonymous

    Progress is good but theres still more improvements to be made.

    Also, what I think is just as important as bike-specific infrastructure is traffic calming for all streets, so that streets without bike lanes arent death traps.

  • Like Noah, I’m loving seeing in print the routes we fought so hard for last year.  Not just first and Second Avenues, but also the W.72nd St. connector between Eleanor Roosevelt and the Greenway, the 96th Street shared path through Central Park, the 29th/30th Street Class II on the West Side…small but important bits.  And more to come this year!  Thanks to everyone who helped and especially to DoT.

  • Mike

    Paco, there’s no such lane shown on Atlantic on the version I’m looking at online.

  • @2a15ea2c09af9bca9fa0232039062265:disqus Are you sure? I just re-downloaded, zoomed in, and saw it for sure. Red dots from Clinton to Furman ON Atlantic. Are others seeing this too?

  • Joe R.

    @google-0090614ab8360ee15afd7d5599b637b2:disqus The red dots signify a possible future bike route. There are red dots on the LIE service road near where I live also, but no bike lane exists there.

  • should’ve clarified… sorry i meant a FUTURE class 2 lane on Atlantic. Just surprised cause it wasn’t there last year. It’s a good idea for waterfront access but would require a major reconstruction of Atlantic beneath the BQE. Puzzled as to how it got on the map, and if its anything more than a pipedream of DOT.

  • Hilda

    …and Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn still has the same dots indicating a future bike lane, just like in 2011. Geek that I am, I just checked my 2009 and 2010 maps just to see the differences. 

  • Mike

    It doesn’t mean future class 2 lane.  It means it’s a bike master plan route that might someday become a class 1, 2, or 3, or none of the above.

    When things like that suddenly appear on the map, it’s not uncommon that DOT proposes some version of them in the next year or two, but it doesn’t always happen either.

  • dave

    hope they update their GIS data soon also.  my iphone app needs a refresh.

  • J

    Bikeshare station location info is an absolute must for a city’s bike map. It may be challenging to do so in a way that isn’t too cluttered, but it must be there, and I’m sure people can figure it out.

    Also, I like that they’ve added greenway access points. This is especially useful on greenways where access is infrequent, such as the Hudson River Greenway in Northern Manhattan. Sadly, the access points on the UWS are confusing, as they sometimes are shown on the Greenway itself (W79, W148th), and sometimes at the nearest street which provides greenway access (W96th, W100th). This is confusing and should be made simpler. Otherwise it looks great. Heres to next years map showing lots of new green lines!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, guys, for your work.   

  • Rone

    anyone know where you can get the actual, physical map?

  • Call 311 and they will send you as many copies as you like.


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