Why protected bike lanes are more valuable than parking spaces
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Why protected bike lanes are more valuable than parking spaces

January 9, 2020

Let’s be honest: You could get doored. Or hit by a bus. If you were a cyclist in new york city, in
the 2000s, it was almost like you were a cast member
from Escape From New York Maybe if you were an extreme sports person,
it was fantastic for you Because you were dodging cars, It was not a place to have any kind of safe
commuting regular transport experience Today, New York City is seeing explosive growth
in cycle commutes. So, how did a city with traffic like this
get so many people biking downtown? [Vox] From 2007 to 2013, Janette Sadik-Khan led
New York City’s Department of Transportation. I was responsible for 6000 miles of street, 789 bridges, 12000 signalized intersections, 1.3 million street signs, We put down 400 miles of on street bike lanes, including one of the first parking protected bike lanes in the united states, and we did it on 9th Avenue Between 23rd street and 16th street. This lane was significant, because it was
an early parking protected design. It’s much less stressful than conventional lanes. But installing it was quite controversial. Because making the space for protected lanes meant the elimination of parking. Taking away parking spaces is not for the
faint of heart. And there is no super secret magic recipe
that’s going to make it easier to do. But you need to make a case about what you are trying to do, right? The 9th Avenue pilot ran for 6 blocks And if you look at the blueprint for the street, You’ll notice an alternating pattern On blocks with right-hand turns, there’s
an entire lane of parking. But at left-turn turns, those parking spots are sacrificed for a barrier The vehicles will wait next to the bike lane
here, And separate signals for cars and bikes stagger, to reduce stress at the intersection. Data show that the 9th Avenue bike lane
produced economic, mobility, and safety benefits. we saw crashes go down, some 47%. retail sales went up almost 49% Cars had dedicated turn lanes, so the traffic processed much better. And bikers got a dedicated lane. So it was a win for business, it was a win
for drivers, it was a win for people on foot. And it was a win for people on two wheels. And that really set the stage for all that
followed. Once the city analyzed data from the 9th Avenue pilot, the miles of protected lane in New York skyrocketed. By 2018, the city had nearly 1200 miles of bike lane. And 100 of those were protected. Because we weren’t going to accommodate a million more people by double decking our streets and highways. And so designing streets for people, that
make it easier to bike, easier to walk, and easier to take the bus — that’s the kind of recipe for future success of cities. the cities that make these kinds of investments and changes are the cities that are growing and thriving in this century. But to really draw a crowd of cyclists, a
city needs a network of low-stress bike lanes. you can’t just paint sharrows on a street
and expect that people are going to voila, start biking. It needs to be a reliable system, and it needs to be safe. The way that we look at the health of bike
lanes, and our bike lane network, is how many women and children are using the lanes. When you see women and children in the lanes, and families in the lane, you know that it’s safe. Families, among other individuals, would fall into the ‘interested, but
concerned’ group on this chart. It’s from one survey taken in Oregon. But consensus in the transportation field
suggests that this group is the untapped potential for cities who want to promote cycling. Which is the big factor behind New York’s
boom in urban cycling. And it was pretty cost effective, too. You know, the bike lanes were like 99%
of our headlines, but they were only 1% of the budget. I don’t think there’s a better investment. If you want to build a better city, you can
start by building better bike lanes.

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  1. I'm sincerely surprised that Philly is so low on the list. They're everywhere and Philly is an extremely bike friendly city. Outside of the bike thieves, obviously.

  2. New orleans just caught on to this and i heard they were gonna start putting up barriers. Just the other day a cyclist was killed at the st. Patricks day parade. R.I.P.🙏

  3. It's terrifying, that's why it's fun.
    Actually I think the reason it's fun is, more of the sheer number of people I can piss off just going to school.
    But we don't really have bike lanes here, or roadside parking, there's like 1 road with a bike lane and that road's pretty much only used by trucks going to the airport to finish construction of the new terminal.

  4. Develop a city for the exclusive use of bikes for transportation ,……………….and move all the bikers there. Solved .

  5. A better city does not need bike lanes. In Edmonton, where we are snow covered for six months of the year, we installed a series of bike lanes with concrete barriers. Many streets on this bike grid now only ho one way and residential parking has been signifigantly reduced. These bike lanes actually make cycling more dangerous in this city. To build a better city we would be wise to eliminate bike lanes.

  6. Protected bike lanes are worse than useless unless they have the dedicated lights and the lights actually have red and green arrows, not flashing yellow. Multiple people have died in NYC protected bike lanes from cars making turns and not seeing them.

  7. I was in the Netherlands and I can tell you that the cars deliberately try to run down pedestrian… run don't walk!!

  8. Noice!

    Meanwhile in some 3rd world countries, being a pedestrian is more dangerous than riding a motorcycle without a helmet!

  9. Asian cities are hell, for anyone. road rage, no space, loud, just anything bad. Can someone show this to the HK mayor?

  10. The bike lanes are appreciated. I took the 9th Ave. lane from Columbus and 66th to 9th Ave. and 43rd St. It was my first street ride in traffic, and was less scary than I thought thanks to those lanes. That said, parts of the lane were horrific. They were under construction, super narrow and about 4 blocks in a row had streets so rough it shook a van I rode in over that same spot. I just wish there were caution signs for things like that. One part looked so horrible, I had to ask the construction worker if the lane was open. He said it was. I noticed others riding on the opposite side of the street – likely for that reason, but I was barely bold enough to be in the bike lane.

  11. "If you want to build a better city, you can start by building bike lanes."

    I would say that it depends on the city. To be a "city" you have to have at least 50,000 people living there. Well I can think of several that are pretty much suburbia. There are bike riders, but they aren't commuting. Few would even let their kids ride to school. I rode to work once, and I know someone else who did it daily, but we're talking about .001% of the population. They are mostly doing it for recreational/health reasons. This means that, while they have a legal right to the road, they are forcing 20+ cars to drive 30MPH below the speed limit because they don't want to pull over to let people pass. As a driver who needed to drive slow on rare occasions, I will do this out of courtesy, but also because impeding the flow of traffic is still against the law. But many of these suburbs are starting to add bike lanes. I like them because we can finally drive the speed limit, but at the same time, I feel like that's a HUGE waste of tax dollars for those 5 inconsiderate people who think they're being "healthy" by riding on 50mph streets during rush hour.

    Maybe they're like sidewalks in that while 5% of the suburban population may use them once or twice a year, they make the town look nice. But they won't reduce traffic, because as I said before, very few people commute. It is rare to live within 5-10 miles of your workplace. You may be lucky enough to live a mile from the nearest grocery store, but you aren't going to walk or ride there. You can't carry all of that with you. And where I live, you'd be doing it in 90-110 degree temperatures most of the year.

  12. I've never been to NYC. Bike lanes in Columbus Oh is pretty good but there is room for improvement. I think things are improving massively from where they used to be. Thanks.

  13. "thats the kind of recipe for future success of cities"

    easy for you to say that living up north.

    please try that in tropical condition where it literally summer 33-40 degrees celsius whole year long, and frickin high humidity, good luck

  14. Soooooo, I took driver's training last month and my drivers ed tech kept yelling at the people using the sharrows…. I had to tell him that what they were doing is actually legal.

  15. I had a raleigh bike with super thin wheels, livin in Toronto.
    My wheel got caught in the streetcar tracks and I flew over my bike handles and into the vehicle in front of me.

    I was 21 years old at the time. 11 years ago O.o

  16. The reason it worked is because it worked. There are always a few that will try something because they are adventurous. If it gives them a thrill they will do it recreationally but in this case if it gets them around the city quick and safe they will tell their friends and family. If biking is faster safer and cheaper than by car, well that is what people are going to do. Bigger, better, faster, safer, cheaper, because it's the American way.

  17. The only thing they needed to do was to adopting the Dutch system…..A system that has been in use like for ever…

  18. parking spaces are important. in New York you can't find damn parking bc it has a bike lane or it's cost $40 an hour. cyclist should move to the country if they want to bike. why are you in the city expecting to have the necessary needs you ask for? too many people in the sidewalk, too little parking spaces, too many cars for just one person. why are you biking in an area that is damn busy??

  19. I don't think you could pay me enough to drive my car into downtown new york. I'd much rather park it somewhere and bike everywhere I need to go.

  20. Funny to know people in US are having trouble with cyclists. In my country, sidewalks are large enough and everywhere, to ride a bike on with literally no trouble.

  21. New york city builds deticated lanes for bikes.
    ->Benefits everyone.
    My city does build bike lanes but does makes them accesible to cars if you need to buy something from the shops. So doesn't put barriers and only paints the whole bike lane with blue color.
    -> blue color makes you lose tire grip so you can't go speedy. Because if you do you may not be able to stop at an intersection.

  22. They've been really pushing these bike lanes where I live. I dont bike in the city, but I'm so happy they're putting them in. They're all protected lanes, by either a barrier or by parking and a barrier. They have their own lights, and traffic lights have been modified for them too. People have been angry about the loss of traffic lanes, and parking, and think it's a waste of money here.
    But seeing how much they're trying to make biking safer, and more accessible makes even me want to bike, and I'm not even in the "interested" group.

  23. Car culture has to go, we’d all be healthier and living in a greener world if we biked, walked, and took public transport.

  24. NYC just isn't a city where you can start putting in bike lanes for a small percent of the population. There isn't enough space in these roads, the roads are too populated, and it's dangerous for the cyclists in general

  25. Still a joke compared to what we have in the Netherlands!
    Ad least they win in one thing and that is the amount of prisoners! No country can beat the Americans in that. 🤣🤣🤣

  26. I'm born and raised in nyc, the bike lanes are super unsafe. A high school kid could have designed a better bike lane. Bike lanes should be part of the sidewalk.from left to right. It should be sidewalk for walking, then the bicycle lane, then the curb then parked cars then moving traffic.

  27. And what about the CARS? Coming into NYC is horrifying and frustrating. Parking has disappeared. I try to come in to Manhattan to eat at a restaurant, and I circle and circle for parking. Makes me angry and I want to NEVER visit Manhattan again. They have made cycling safer, sure, but made my life harder. Manhattan is no longer a fun Sunday or Thursday night. They are killing 14th street. There is no parking any more. They hate cars and I hate Manhattan. How do outer boro families come into Manhattan for a day of fun, shopping, or dining? They have killed the retailers of Manhattan because customers cannot come in and park on the street. Love bikes, but hate the traffic calming, diets, and parking elimination that has happened in the last 10 years.

  28. Now there are cycle lanes , crossings, and cycle tracks ( wherever there is space for them) everywhere in Chandigarh.

  29. From a Dutch perspective, New York could be a fantastic cycling city, but that really requires some smart infrastructure redesign's no more old systemic city blocks filled with boring grey skyscrapers.

    Smart designed infrastructure for cycling and pedestrians and less cars and good looking houses and more green spaces.

    And keep all that high rise at one spot and the living area's totally separated from the high rise city.
    That also means placing local healthcare centers and schools and local businesses and food stores so people don't have to travel a lot, it cost less time and money.

    And no highways between the cities linked by a main bridge just for cars but outside the city.

  30. I used to ride my bike in my hometown 20 years ago, as a child, in the same lane like cars and trucks without problems…. i used the same traffic lights, followed the same road signs and signaled my intention of turning with my hand and moving to the middle of the road (for left turns). Then the city started building dedicated bike lanes. Now its impossible to ride safe on larger roads that still dont have them because cardrivers think im in their lane… we need shared roads where traffic flows together and strict rules to punish drivers behaving badly we dont need separation and a mentality of cyclists vs. drivers.

  31. The audio editing and quality of the interview is pretty much horrible: not properly synchronized, heavily post-fixed and not really amalgamated with the rest of audio clips. I could have done it better!

  32. I ride a bike to work all yrs round in Canada. I get no respect from anyone in the winter when roads get narrow because of snow on the sides.

  33. if you have a senor moment on a bike in the city. their is a 100 percent chance. you will get knocked off your bike. but if you ban the cars in the city .it will be more enjoyable for bike riders. cars are made for long distence not for driving in the citys.were their is very little room from the start.

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