2009-11-20 / Community

Department Of Transportation Announces Increase In Commuter Cycling

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that commuter bicycling in New York City has increased by a dramatic 26 percent in the last year, building on last year's unprecedented growth and representing a more than 100 percent increase in bike commuting in just the last seven years. The increase comes alongside the expansion of the City's bike network, with the number of bike lanes nearly doubled the last three years. To help increase the visibility of the growing number of cyclists, DOT staff has distributed bicycle lights at two East River bridge commuter bicycle paths as part of its annual Daylight Saving Time giveaway, reminding cyclists to ride safely and lawfully by using headlights and taillights at night, and particularly during the dark evening commute.

"Cycling in the City continues growing rapidly as our bike network expands and becomes safer," said Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. "With more cyclists using roads alongside motorists, both need to take safety measures and look out for each other when sharing our streets."

Forty-five percent of bicycle fatalities in New York City occur after dark, so staying visible at night is critical to cyclist safety. In fact, the use of lights by cyclists is required by New York State traffic law. All riders must use white headlights and red or amber taillights from dusk until dawn when riding on streets Citywide. To help the growing legion of New York City cyclists, DOT staff will distribute more than 900 bike light sets on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge and the Queens side of the Queensboro Bridge from 5-6:30 p.m.

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