Bicycling to work is more popular than ever–especially in urban areas where people tend to live only a few miles from their jobs. washingtonpost.com has an article detailing NYC ‘s recognition of that fact and the city’s rather dramatic steps to protect their biking population from the roaring traffic of the city streets.
From the article:
N.Y. Hopes to Ensure Smooth Pedaling for Bike Commuters
By Robin Shulman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 25, 2008; Page A02City officials, hoping to make commutes like his less treacherous, have created a seven-block experiment of a bike lane on Ninth Avenue. Here, concrete dividers and a row of parked cars shield a bike lane from the street and its traffic. Low mini-traffic lights show when cyclists have the right of way. Bike commuters, messengers and delivery people peel down perfectly smooth paths.
It’s great to see government officials beginning to take the bicyclist population seriously. I’m usually upset when I see roads being expanded, but for the purposes of bike lanes, I make an exception. Bike lanes make the roads safer for motorists, safer for bicyclists certainly, and they provide a green commuting option for those who avoid their bicycle due to the fear of winding up as Mack truck potato cake.