Cycling is booming in NewYork City

פורסם: 12 ביולי 2010, 6:34 על ידי: Sustainability Org

More than half a million NewYorkers ride bikes.
• More New Yorkers are using bikes to get to work or school—commuter cycling has doubled in the past 5 years.
• A lot of New Yorkers cycle to stay fit—or just to relax and have fun.
• Many of us, of course, cycle to get around. Cycling New York City is functional. It takes you where you want to go, when you want to go—all for free!

NewYork City is more bike-friendly than ever.
• The city has more than 600 miles of on-street bike lanes and park space to bicycle.
• New York City is on track to reach the goal of 1,800 bike lane miles by the year 2030.
• We also have more bike parking outdoors, with new racks being installed.
• And—thanks to the recent Bicycle Access to Office Buildings Law—indoor parking is becoming more available.

Cycling is good for the environment and the city.
• More cycling and less driving = less pollution.
• Bicycles take up less space than cars—so more cycling also means less traffic.

Cycling makes you healthier. Physical activity is good for your health.
• Regular physical activity like biking burns calories, improves mood and makes people healthier.
• It helps prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and many other problems.
• Adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as a brisk walk or a bike ride), at least 5 days a week.
• Children and adolescents need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
• You can spread your activity out over the day—10 minutes at a time is fine!
• Exercise, like biking, that you can make a part of your everyday life is the easiest to maintain!

Getting plenty of physical activity doesn’t have to be difficultespecially in NewYork City.
• You don’t have to join a gym or buy a lot of expensive equipment to cycle and be physically active.
• Cycle to do errands. If you can’t bike all the way, ride part way and then get on the subway.
• Encourage children to play outside, join a sports team and walk or bike to and from school.
• Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
• Make use of the city’s bike lanes, greenways, parks, playgrounds and summer street closures.
• Take advantage of New York City’s many free or low-cost fitness opportunities.

Follow the rules of the road. Cyclists in NewYork City must:
• Yield to pedestrians.
• Wear a helmet. Children 13 or younger have to—everyone else should.
• Obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings. For example, cyclists must come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs.
• Use front and rear lights when traveling after dusk.
• Ride on the street, not the sidewalk (except children 12 or younger).
• Ride with the traffic, not against it.
• Use marked bike lanes or paths whenever possible.
• Stay off expressways.
• Use a bell or horn and reflectors.
• Not wear more than one earphone—it’s best to use none.

Cycle safe.
• Be especially careful when:
• Making turns and going through intersections.
• Riding near buses and trucks.
• Riding near parked cars with opening doors.
• Ride predictably. Don’t weave in and out of traffic.
• Signal to turn.

Drive safe.
• Slow down. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in New York City is 30 mph.
• Don’t drive or park in the bike lane.
• Focus on driving.
• Don’t talk or text on a cell phone.
• Look before you open your door. As the driver, use your right hand to open your door, so
you turn and see if a cyclist is coming your way.

Source: NYC Health Bulletin