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Re: What Really Causes Traffic Congestion

Posted by Stephen Bauman on Wed Jul 10 11:18:26 2013, in response to Re: What Really Causes Traffic Congestion, posted by BrooklynBus on Wed Jul 10 10:31:20 2013.

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I never dismissed bicycling. I said they are great for short commutes. However, because most commutes are long in NYC and therefore are not suited to bicycles.

Most journeys to work involve journeys to jobs in the same borough where one lives, according to the US Census. Public transit fails this segment for the most part. These trips are relatively short - less than 5 miles. They are ideal for a bike, if there were infrastructure to convince most people that such trips were safe and feasible.

Even trips to the CBD from the outer boroughs are not as laborious as you imagine. The distance from Rego Park to Rockefeller Center is the same as from E 92nd St to Wall St. Manhattan bike lanes make people consider this commute by bicycle. Queens Blvd is managed to maximize automobile speed. Its lack of bicycle lanes acts as a barrier to people.

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