Wednesday, May 3, 2017
DOT can't prove that bike lanes are needed
If you ask drivers, many will tell you it’s become chaos in New York City because of miles and miles of bike lanes popping up in recent years.
The Department of Transportation installed more than 60 miles of dedicated cycling space last year, the most of any year to date.
The DOT’s website states that studies show a double digit increase in volume of 59 percent after implementation of the lanes, but that was information from 2014 before many more miles of cycling lanes were added.
Trottenberg also said recent data shows traffic isn’t getting worse in NYC.
“When we look at our traffic studies we see at best we keep traffic neutral, sometimes better,” she said at Tuesday’s press conference.
When pressed for specific studies showing more drivers aren’t on the roads, the DOT referred CBS2 to their website.
A lot of street real estate has been given up on the promise that bike lanes would be heavily used. At some point, New Yorkers would like to see the evidence that it was — and remains — a good bet.