The Growing Trend: Biking Through the Boroughs!

March 6, 2012
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu (718) 779-1430
*** Press Release ***
The Queens Courier recently published an article reporting that more NY residents are turning to pedaling their bicycles around town then getting behind the wheel. 
“As New Yorkers spin their wheels thinking of ways to save money with the nation in the midst of a recession and gas approaching $4 per gallon, a record number of residents are spinning a different set of wheels… The New York City Department of Transportation announced recently that biking has doubled over the last four years, and almost 10 percent more New Yorkers are taking to their bikes compared to last year,” (QueensCourier.com).
An average of 18,846 cyclists were observed each day throughout locations across the five boroughs – Staten Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Queensboro Bridge and the Hudson River Greenway at 50th Street. This is more than double the number of riders recorded four years ago (QueensCourier.com).
With the growing number of bikers, the city is forced to increase the number of bike lanes across the city streets. “Over the past four years, more than 250 miles of bike lanes have been added in the five boroughs,” (QueensCourier.com). 
A recent Quinnipiac University Poll found: 53% of Queens Residents were in favor of expanded bike lanes, finding cycling to be a greener and healthier alternative in transportation. Additionally, residents were also overwhelmingly support a city program that will allow New Yorkers to rent bikes – what a great idea! “Over two-thirds of borough residents approved of New York City Bike Share, which is planned to launch next summer. More than 50 percent of residents favor having a bike rental lot in their neighborhood,” (QueensCourier.com). 
Thanks to munimeters, the city is converting individual parking meters into bike racks throughout NY. The Department of Transportation has installed “175 of the parking meter bike racks throughout the city, including along 37th Avenue between 73rd Street and 77thStreet,” (Queens Courier.com).  
Have you used the new bike racks yet throughout the city? Do you prefer biking or other means of transportation? Let the Plaza College Community know on our Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

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