Share Your NYC Cycling Tips on the Times’ New Interactive Bike Route Map

With New Yorkers lining up for Citi Bikes, the New York Times today unveiled a map asking for readers’ wisdom on the city’s best and worst bike routes. The map went live with advice from names Streetsblog readers might recognize, including our editor Ben Fried, transport economist Charles Komanoff, Brooklyn Spoke’s Doug Gordon, writer Tom Vanderbilt, and advocate Hilda Cohen.

The NYT map joins WNYC’s Bike Advice project, which solicited audio clips from listeners with tips on bicycling around New York.

With the Times and WNYC leaving the New York Post and Wall Street Journal in the dust, how long before a major New York outlet follows in the steps of the Times of London and launches a full-throated campaign for street safety?

  • Anonymous

    I love this! Great way to share info!

  • Larry Littlefield

    I’m not amused by the “if you can’t beat them, join them” act.

    I look at it this way: you have the executive/financial class, the political/union class, and the serfs. The former two groups are always in the room and do deals, which immediately become “contracts” and “rights.” The related losses are later imposed on the serfs.

    Anytime anyone wants to do anything for the serfs, and/or the common future, it’s really, really hard. The opposite of the way things have been going for a long, long time. So if you play to the entitled in your own interest when things are in the balance, I’m not going to forget it when it is over.

    I assume the Times also eventually came to be in favor of electric trolleys, after crusading against them in favor of horsecars.

  • jrab

    I looked at this, but adding my “wisdom” point by point seems like it was designed by someone who has never been on a bike. Biking is point A to point B, so what’s the use of only being able to designate a single point?

  • Guest

    Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Given the Post, WSJ, and other coverage of bicycles in the past, this is huge.

    Plus, single points can be used to address problem spots such as tricky intersections, bad road surface, or known hot spots.

  • Anonymous

    I agree they need some way to tag a whole section of road. But then again I could see the map getting really cluttered in a hurry if they did that.

  • Joe R.

    I posted a few things, but it looks like there’s a delay until it’s visible. I agree about being able to tag entire sections of road. There are lots of roads where I am which would make great bike routes for riders of all experience levels if they were repaved and/or had most of the traffic signals removed. I’m recommending them anyway in the hopes that a future administration will fix things. Just rebuilding many streets here would help. More often than not they’re in awful condition.

  • Anonymous

    I suppose the map is moderated so you have to wait for someone to approve your comments. I’ve posted a few too, and some of them are already visible.

    I agree the implementation is not perfect, but that doesn’t mean it’s not useful. I’ve already found some interesting tips.

  • bsbe

    why is the killing of a bicyclist in 125th and Park Ave, not being investigated further. The cab driver says she had head phones on and that is the end of it!!!!????

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, but perhaps not surprising, to see that the parts of this map with the highest density of “wisdom points” have a remarkable amount of overlap with the current bikeshare area. The main omissions are the UWS and western parts of Harlem etc. up to the GWB, and parts of Brooklyn down to Prospect Park.

  • jrab

    More likely is that the suggestion map overlaps with the map of where people read the Times on electronic media.

  • Anonymous

    The frequent routes map is pretty interesting too. Do people really prefer East Broadway to Broadway over the East River Bikeway from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Financial District?

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