BikeNYC 2020: How to Transform New York into a World-Class Bicycling City is a report about how Mayor Bill de Blasio can reach his goal of doubling the number of people who ride a bicycle in New York City by 2020.
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Table of Contents: Letter from the Executive Director • Executive Summary • A Vision for a World-Class Bicycling City • Where Did You Go, Bike Master Plan? • Findings from the BikeNYC 2020 Survey • Major Investments for a Biking Future • Expanding and Connecting the Network • Initiatives for a World-Class Bicycling City • Conclusion • Appendix A: Cycling and Public Health Research – Quantifying the Benefits • Appendix B: Cycling and Law Enforcement – Enforcing by the Data • Credits
Bicycling is New York City’s fastest growing mode of transportation. Today, three-quarters of a million people regularly ride a bicycle in New York City, and that number is growing faster than the economy, or the population. At the start of his first term, Mayor Bill de Blasio set a goal for 2020: Double the number of New Yorkers who regularly ride a bicycle.
To understand this explosive growth, outline how Mayor de Blasio can meet his goal of 1.5 million bicycling New Yorkers, and explain what the City of the New York must do to protect and nurture this growing population, Transportation Alternatives conducted a series of intensive focus groups, and interviewed thousands of New Yorkers. The result is BikeNYC 2020: What New York Needs to be a World-Class Bicycling City – a report on the state of bicycling, and its future. Transportation Alternatives found:
This research demonstrates that the City of New York’s investment in protected bike lanes has been critical to the growth of bicycling, and that the widespread installation of this infrastructure is critical to its continued growth.
However, the past build-out of the bicycle network has largely
benefited the central business districts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, disregarding neighborhoods that already suffer from poor access to transit. This inequity is compounded by disproportionate police action against predominantly immigrant delivery workers, and in Black and Latino neighborhoods.
To combat this inequity, and to meet New York’s transportation needs and desires, as well as meet Mayor de Blasio’s goal of doubling bicycling by 2020, Transportation Alternatives recommends: