NY State is 29th in Bike-Friendly States. We can do better, right?

Looking at this map, being bicycle-friendly obviously has nothing to do with weather. NYC has seen a major lift as of late, I hope Long Island takes lead as well. Seeing road work and gated communities going up all over Nassau, we have a long way to go.

“Source… League Of American Bicyclists. This was in the AARP  Bulletin/Real Possibilities, September 2015 edition” – Richard

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16 thoughts on “NY State is 29th in Bike-Friendly States. We can do better, right?”

  1. yes, we can do anything, we are new york. but i think its probably due to the fact that we have a biking season that is only half the year, and we are one of the oldest most populated states.

  2. ? Biking season is year round. Maybe not for you but I’ve seen cyclists in blizzards. Best biking places are in temperatures far moodier than our seasons.

  3. ha. was waiting for someone to say its year round just cause they have seen a few people do it. its all good. i surf in winter for example. im sorry. i will revise.

    yes, we can do anything, we are new york. but i think its probably due to the fact that we have a biking season that is only half the year (for 95% of the population), and we are one of the oldest most populated states.

  4. I ride my bike and also drive. In the last week I have twice come close to hitting bicyclists with my car who blew through red lights . Another one swerved into my path to avoid a puddle.

    When riding my bike I find many motorists come very close to me to the point where it’s dangerous.

    We need some bike lanes and greater awareness by both those on bikes and drivers.

  5. I love when they’re texting without a helmet – then again, they could be tweeting or commenting about how much safer life would be with a bike lane, and make no mistake, I’m a cyclist.

  6. A cyclist is legally entitled to ride 2 across and to take a lane. I do this often on Park Ave and find it humorous when I get honked at while there are 2 other perfectly fine lanes to drive in. Or if there is a red light ahead, that makes me laugh.

    But ultimately its the failure of our local government in not educating motorists that cyclists can (and should) take a lane and where. They also fail miserably at educating cyclists on best practices.

    I have reached out to City Manager Jack Schnirman on many occasions to offer support with all things bicycles. I have offered to assist in overseeing bicycle events, outreach and being an overall ambassador. With my experience, education and energy you would think the City of LB would scoop me up but no…

    Seems the City likes to play political favorites over saving lives and increasing the quality of life for residents. What a shame.

  7. “We need some bike lanes and greater awareness by both those on bikes and drivers.”

    Would it be fair to say every person responding here could agree on this?

  8. @allison b – I’ve been on multiple cycling teams. Bike thousands of miles. Not once has anyone said “if the temperatures were far moodier this would be the best biking place.”

  9. This is a stupid article designed to push the myth that bicycles can save the country from evil cars, rec, etc. The leftist progressive model for our society is to eliminate cars, and force people into cities living in Stalinist type apartment blocks with minorities. The leftist progressives believe White people fled the cities to hurt the minorities by taking all the money with them. Therefore , make driving such a burden and force people to live closer to city type jobs.
    Nltice that there is never talk about building wider or more highways, or improving existing highways. They divert the money to bicycle or “alternative” transportation. Hopefully someone invents a drone that can carry a person to get around all of this.

  10. What does a helmet have to do with anything? Its not law and when you’re going 5 mph the only protection its offering you is a false sense of security that you are immune from a 4000pound steel cage ramming you from the side at 60mph. It’s not the equivalent of a seat belt. Yeah, you’re better off with one if you are landing head first but seriously, if whether someone is wearing a helmet or not is your focus when a vehicle is going fast enough to cause someone to get hit hard enough that they would go airborne land head first…

    Rather than focus on helmet wearing, focus on cars going 60mph down side streets.

    Texting goes both ways.

    This ain’t distracted biking vs distracted driving, Tom. This is an overall need for focus and not finding a victim to blame. Most bikers are drivers, all drivers and bikers are pedestrians. And at the end of the day not one of us wants to be responsible for maiming or killing another regardless of either party texting and/or wearing 6 helmets and full body bubble wrapped.

    There needs to be safer space for everyone regardless of your mode of transportation / leisure.

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