In many respects, New York City is increasingly a city of bikers. The number of New Yorkers who commute via bicycle every day has skyrocketed in recent years, as has the number of designated bike lanes built to accommodate them. However, the news for NYC cyclists isn’t all good. More than a dozen cyclists have been killed in traffic accidents so far in 2017, while thousands more have suffered injuries. Often, though, it is pedestrians who can pose an even greater challenge to cyclists than do automobiles. Despite room for improvement, New York is still an excellent place for biking, and cyclists who traverse the city’s miles and miles of bike paths, trails, and lanes find it a deeply rewarding experience.
- The number of New Yorkers who regularly ride a bicycle in the city has skyrocketed in recent years
- Thousands of cyclists are injured in traffic accidents each year, and in this year alone, 13 cyclists have already lost their lives in collisions
- Although automobiles present the deadliest risk to cyclist safety, pedestrians pose the more frequent challenges as they often end up in the way
“with a more robust network of bike lanes, more options for novice cyclists, and more public support, now’s a great time to give cycling in the city a try if you’ve been on the fence.”