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  • 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 busthat'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.

Let's be honest:

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