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Jun 2020

The Five Borough Bikeway

Critical infrastructure connecting New York City

We need an evolution in how we manage and use city streets. We need to develop a network of priority, high-capacity, protected bike lanes that serve as the heart of a comprehensive and cohesive bicycle network.
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The vision for the Five Borough Bikeway is one of critical infrastructure. Critical in that it will serve to reconnect NYC as it recovers. Workers will be reconnected to jobs; goods to customers; neighborhoods to other neighborhoods; friends and family to each other.
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Key Takeaways

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Making a World-Class Cycling City

Hudson River Greenway near Inspiration Point Overlook at West 190 St
Once implemented, the Five Borough Bikeway would provide a continuous, connected, conflict-free and constructed set of lanes that would make NYC a global leader in cycling.
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Cycling Today

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Parking NYC Blocked Streets

Nearly two-thirds of those who do not bike cite safety concerns as their main reason for not riding more often or at all.

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Doug Gordon/Brooklyn Spoke

Police In Bike Lane

Mike Castleman

The Green Wave plan found that nearly 90 percent of cycling fatalities happened on streets without bike lanes. Bike lanes save lives.

If New York is to become a world-class biking city, it’s time to take a leap beyond the status quo. We need an evolution in how we manage and use city streets and we need to develop a network of priority, high-capacity, protected bike lanes that serve as the heart of a comprehensive and cohesive bicycle network.

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An Arterial Network for NYC

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What Does a Bike Arterial Look Like?

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Orcutt/Bike NY

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Jon Orcutt/Bike NY

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Smaack, Roostock Germany

Dave Reid Hudson River Bikeway

Dave Reid

DOT Chrystie Street

New York City Department of Transportation

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Greg Raisman, Portland Oregon

Dutch Style Intersections

In Davis, California, planners have installed Dutch Style” intersections which maintain a clear path for a cyclist through intersections and offer protection from turning cars.

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Maulin Bike Lane
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Nate Dorr

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Nate Dorr

Delivery Bike Peter Burka

Peter Burka

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City Harvest

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Ed Yourdon

Scooter Charlie Benton

Charlie Benton

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The Bikeway Map

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Recommendations for Realizing the Vision of the Bikeway

The ability to freely and safely cycle on NYC streets should be a right that all NYC residents have, regardless of age, gender, income, or race.

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Next Steps

Acknowledgements

This report was made possible through the thought leadership and generous support of Paul Gertner.

Special thanks to the Bikeway Advisory Committee
Paul Gertner of Harbor Ring, Jon Orcutt of Bike New York, Danny Harris and Marco Conner of Transportation Alternatives, Rachel Weinberger of RPA, Mike Lydon of Street Plans Collaborative, and Terri Carta of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Additional thanks to
Moses Gates of RPA, Kate Fillin-Yeh of NACTO, Allan Friedman of 5 Boro Bike Club, Ira Haironson, Steve Scofield, Laura Shepard of Bike New York, and Rose Uscianowski of Transportation Alternatives

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