"Bike lanes, which are on just over 4% of New York City's streets, also make roads safer for everyone: according to the DOT [pdf], pedestrian crashes on streets with bike lanes are 40% less deadly. Bike lanes have "a calming effect, lowering speeds and increasing driver attention."
More fun bike facts in today's Gothamist article: gothamist.com/2012/08/27/first...
Mathieu Lefevre's mother Erika speaks at a rally demanding NYPD accountability for accident investigations involving cyclists. (John Del Signore/Gothamist) This morning a tipster sent us an extremely graphic photo of a dead woman who had been crushed beneath the wheels of a flatbed truck. We declined to run the
It would also be nice to see the city actively work to keep bike lanes effective by ticketing double parked cars and aggressive drivers (let's start with actually charging and prosecuting drivers that are killing cyclists), educating pedestrians not to walk or stand in them (I'm looking at you Grand St), and keeping bike lane roads safe by sealing up potholes and other road damage quickly. Just slapping down some paint and calling it a bike lane doesn't mean much in NYC.
I bet you won't have to wait long for one to open.