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A day in New York City

Bike commuter waiting for the light to change

Bike commuter waiting for the light to change

This weekend I came up to North Jersey to spend the weekend with my big sis (I’ve written a little bit about our move from NYC to Jersey). At the end of October I returned from a 7 month trip in Europe, traveling and working abroad. Now almost a month later I’m finally re-acclimated — seeing family and friends, eating at diners, and saying the word soccer. Yesterday, my sister and I went into NYC to see my brother and my other brothers mom (this family will take time to explain).

We all love the the city and I took my camera along for the ride to snap some pictures of the bike commuting scene.

There are a good number of bike commuters in New York, and they do face a lot of adversity on the roads. Biking in between hoards of cars, buses, and pedestrians, New York is the jungle. And even though, in 2008, NYC laid down a historic 90 miles of bike lanes — if you haven’t heard — New York is massive, and there is a lot more to go. Steps however, are being made in the right direction. Here is a link to all of the bike lanes in NYC is you’re in the city, or going.

Through the city’s Sustainable Streets plan, safety is going up, and bike commuting goes up each year.

A few of the more recent stats for New York City bike commuting:

Highlights of the 2011 Indicator include:

Commuter cycling grew by 8% from 2010 to 2011
Commuter cycling more than doubled from 2007 to 2011
Commuter cycling nearly quadrupled in the last decade – NYC DOT

Bike Commuting Photos

Bike commuter around Time Square

Bike commuter around Time Square

A couple of bikes chained up, and my sister on the right.

A couple of bikes chained up, and my sister on the right.

Bikes in China Town, NYC

Bikes in China Town, NYC

Bikes chained up high after Sandy in New York

Bikes chained up high after Sandy

Bike Lane in Soho

Bike Lane in Soho

Bicycle Habitat in Soho

Bicycle Habitat in Soho

Bike commuter waiting for the traffic to pass

Bike commuter waiting for the traffic to pass

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  • http://www.wholeheartlocal.com Phoebe

    One thing I noticed while peeping the bike scene in Manhattan is that there’s a large number of very rough looking mountain bikes. In Boston, I see so many road bikes and cruisers and step-through/comfort bikes, that it always strikes me how few of these I note in NY. Maybe if I head out to Brooklyn or Long Island, away from Bike Courier Land I’d see more variety?

    • http://nymblog.com Ezra

      You’re definitely right, there are a lot of mountain bikes around, but, I usually see quite a bit of variety. I haven’t noticed a difference in Brooklyn specifically, but, I haven’t been to Brooklyn since around March so I don’t even remember now! You’re encouraging me to go scope it out.

      I love Boston, how is it treating you? I know there has been a lot of news about the bike scene up there lately. Also, you might like this if you haven’t seen it yet: New York’s Love Affair with Bicycles. It’s an awesome photo art project from Dmitry Gudkov, and you might see a bit of bike-variety in there.

      Love your blog by the way!

      • http://www.wholeheartlocal.com Phoebe

        Hi Ezra! First: thanks for visiting my blog. Much appreciated. I too am a big fan of Boston -enough to blog about the city! :^) I’ve lived here since ’96, when I arrived to attend Emerson College. It hasn’t been the easiest city to bike commute in, but I honestly don’t have much to compare it to since I’ve only biked here. The bike community has grown in leaps and bounds since I started riding five years ago -which is a great thing, even as we’re currently experiencing some growing pains.

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