Policies and Possibilities in New York City
New York City does have efforts to increase bike parking, indoors as well as outside, and there’s also an effort to combine bike parking with street tree protection. On the other hand, we have a really bad bike theft problem, compounded by city employees sawing through locks and seizing bicycles.
In other words, we’ve got good news and bad news.
Which do you want to read first?
|(Can’t decide?||to read one at random.)|
New York City’s bike parking facilities and policies should encourage people to go by bike. Right now, we don’t have that. TIME’S UP! has visited cities with good strategies, which could be implemented here. (And when they are, we’ll put them on the “Good News” page!)
|Berkeley on a much larger scale: So many bikes are in use in Amsterdam (right) that they had to reclaim a block of streets just to park them.|
|Amsterdam again. These bike racks (right) have two tiers, which make it possible to stagger the bikes’ handlebars. This way, more bikes can fit in a given area.|
|Bike racks are so numerous in Portland, Oregon, that some people make unusual, customized ones. This bookstore (right), which has more dedicated bike parking than most city blocks in NYC, has racks arranged like books on a shelf, each with the title of a book about bicycles.|