Part of the plan includes an expanded network of bicycle lanes and trails throughout the city- with a total of 1,800 miles expected to be installed by 2030. And a program sponsored by the NYC Department of Transportation has led to the creation of new, innovative bicycle parking racks, which were ironically designed using recycled parking meters! The DOT, along with other cohorts, called for artists to compete in a design competition for a variety of bike racks to be used in all 5 boroughs, to increase the security of bicycle parking in hopes of fostering more bike traffic on city streets. Although the finalists have long been chosen and have had their designs installed all over NYC, you can still see photos of the finalists' work here. Now that's something to be proud of!
Despite earning a "Bronze" level designation for being a bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists, New York has had a dark past when it comes to cycling. The city has been known to have a high percentage of cyclist deaths, prompting a number of bicycle safety ad campaigns, as well as the installation of street memorials in the form of Ghost Bikes, which serve as haunting reminders of the dangerous nature of riding in the city. Since 2007 that city has drawn a lot of heat from the cycling community for its arrests of critical mass riders, bicyclists who organize "coincidentally" to form a large herd of bike traffic on the city streets. While engaging in a completely legal affair, these innocent folks have been arrested by NYPD cops for "obstructing traffic." As if bicycles themselves do not count as traffic.
Still, recent trends in NYC transportation policy have resulted in a variety of positive actions taken towards accepting a bicycle culture as a mainstream mode of transportation within the city, thus facilitating an increase in bike use. With the expanded bicycle lanes and necessary bike infrastructure, cyclists may feel safer and more taken care of on the streets. And with the increased security of the new, innovative bike racks which are popping up every where you look on city streets, there is a sense of comfort in bicycle parking. Already, 141 new miles of bike lanes have been added, and 2,011 bike racks have been installed! If trends like this continue to move us forward on bike traffic, then the PlaNYC goal of creating a "greener, greater NYC" will surely be realized sooner than we think!