New Yorkers Tell Streetfilms Why They’re Biking More Than Ever

By every metric, today New Yorkers are biking more than ever. So to mark Bike to Work Day, Clarence Eckerson went over to the Transportation Alternatives commuter station by the Queensboro Bridge to ask people if they’re biking now more than five years ago, and why. Here’s what they told him.

There’s a lot of great insight here, but tops on the list for me is how new bike infrastructure has helped people beset by crowding and delays on the 7 train. A fully built-out network of low-stress bikeways could be such a valuable complement to a transit system that is bursting at the seams.

  • Vooch

    great film ! it’s a perfect & happy day

  • The numbers at QBB this morning were insane. I think possibly the only day I have seen it that busy was during the 2012 Sandy MTA shut down difficulty.

  • Mike

    I’m a fan of the spirit of these commuter stations, but I’m not a fan of the pile up of bikers wanting free stuff blocking the bike lane.

  • There were good crowds on the Williamsburg Bridge also. In fact, I didn’t see a single pedestrian on the bike side, which is an extremely rare thing. My guess is that there were enough bicycles to dissuade anyone from walking on the bike side rather than on the pedestrian side.

  • This will eventually happen on the protected bike lanes on the Avenues. As more and more folks bike them, pedestrians will need to be more careful and either wait on the curbs or on the island.

  • Thozenberg Lozenge

    One day a year won’t hurt anyone. In a perfect world, would be nice, but lots more to worry about on the streets.

  • Vooch

    swarms of cyclists will simply own the Motor lanes 🙂

  • Mike

    Agreed. I just find it somewhat ironic that commuter stations wind up interfering with commuting.

  • We NEED that south lane on the bridge. The numbers are slow during the depths of winter, but 4-6 months out of the year the numbers have swelled on the QBB over the last 2 years. Just exploded. I owe it to the better design of 1st Avenue (including the underpass and counter flow lane on 59th), and the increase in younger people moving to LIC, Astoria, Jackson Heights, Woodside. I’d like to see TA get onboard with petitioning for a fully designated bike lane, and fully designated pedestrian lane on the QBB.

  • We should begin the petitioning process, since it will probably take years to get it, though I think there is a very good chance of it one day happening. Maybe 2018 or 2019. Maybe we could get seasonal trials (like from April thru October).

  • But the design of that bridge offramp is a little problematic (sharp turn, narrow landing). So many close calls I’ve had between cyclists and pedestrians.

  • To the gentleman in the orange helmet, I’m the guy who teetered on his bike at the Manhattan (1st Ave, 60th St) exit and toppled over – couldn’t get my foot out of my peddle strap. Thank you for offering to help me up. I felt like an utter novice in that moment.

  • Joe R.

    The numbers look great and all but today was a nice day to be out. If we try a bike to work day in January and end up with numbers like this you’ll know we finally arrived as a real biking city. The visuals of snowy Copenhagen streets full of cyclists come to mind here.

  • Sabina

    Great video!


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