New York, NY – New York City Takes Top Honors Among U.S.’s Most Bike-Friendly Cities


    New York, NY – According to the editors of Bicycling Magazine, New York City now ranks number 1 on its biennial list of the 50 most bike-friendly cities in the United States. ( reports that the editors say the reasons behind NYC grabbing the top spot are in large part due to the city’s “commitment to keep making progress.”

    Bicycling Magazine editor Bill Strickland said the city’s installation of bike lanes and the Citi Bike program were factors too, but it is the overall package that solidified the top spot for NYC.

    “New York has just shown the way for urban areas going forward,” Strickland said during a recent interview, while adding that increased bicycle use is often used now to measure the “robustness” of a city’s economy and the “safety of its streets.”

    “And New York is really leading the way,” Strickland said.

    Ironically, the same metrics were used by the magazine in naming Suffolk County on Long Island as the nation’s worst place for cyclists, citing 2008 data that showed the county accounting for 23.8% of all cyclist fatalities in the state.

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    1. Kok hakovod to former mayor Bloomberg for making NYC the bike capital of the U.S. His efforts to promote bike lanes in all parts of the city, especially in Willy, BP and other often overlooked neighborhoods outside of mid-town are a big part of this success. Not only are more people biking to work, we now see men and women in the heimeshe neighborhoods biking to shul, market and mikvah and the kids biking to school. On weekends, the streets of full of bikers from younger trendsetters to yidden in chassideshe lvush. All this would not have been possible without the leadership of Bloomberg.

    2. In 1969, I pedaled my bike from Midwood-Flatbush, to downtown Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge. Then, I went north on either 2nd or 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. I came to the Triboro Bridge, and went to Queens. I remember asking some cops how to get from that area, to the Belt Parkway. I know that it was quite a schlep, as one of the cops said to me “You’re going to go that far”. Anyway, I made it to the Belt Parkway, bike lane, near JFK airport, and took the latter to Rockaway Parkway, near Flatlands Avenue. I then took Flatlands Avenue to Avenue M, and headed west, back to Westminster Road, and Avenue H. The entire trip was about 45 miles. It took a little over five hours. It was the longest bike trip that I ever made!

    3. This is meaningless because biking in NYC is still dangerous. The percentage of cyclists killed or injured is far higher than the percentage of pedestrians killed or injured. The bike routes are not often convenient and safe. They are often contrived and end suddenly near dangerous intersections. The city is trying, and that is good, but this is far from what we would call a “good biking city”.


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