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Advocates say the latest numbers are encouraging, but the city could still be
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The newest commuter cycling numbers are out for New York City, and they’re
bigger than ever. The latest count available from the city’s transportation
department shows a 4 percent increase over the previous year, as measured
during 2014’s peak cycling season at key points in New York’s bike network
[PDF]. The 12-hour weekday count at seven data-collection points was up to
21,112—compared to an anemic 5,631 in 2002.
That news won’t likely come as a surprise to many New Yorkers, who now
routinely see bikes outnumbering cars on some streets during rush hour. A
generation ago, a person on a bike was almost by definition an outlier who
defied the norm (and maybe common sense, given the city’s chaotic traffic
culture). Today, it’s not unusual to see parents calmly riding their kids to school
before they head off to work themselves on two wheels. Continue reading
Why Cabs and Car-Sharing are Good for the Environment The urbanist fixation with new car services such as Uber and Lyft can seem paradoxical. Why is it good for the environment and for cities to increase the number of cars for hire on our roads? The same could be asked about regular old taxis, and car-sharing services like Zipcar. Aren’t cars bad for the environment? For the rare person who already lives car-free in a city such as San Francisco, a cab ride or car rental might actually increase their carbon footprint. But the vast majority of American households do own cars. For any city as a whole, more car-sharing and cab apps will actually mean less driving and lower carbon emissions.