Monday, June 11, 2007

Mayor Responds to De-Congestion Critique

Here is a copy of the mayor's office response to an email in which I asked them to pay more attention to cyclists and cycling infrastructure as part of their anti-congestion plan. (I directed them to my website posting.)

"Dear Ms. Benepe:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns about bicycling in New York City. Our Administration is dedicated to improving conditions and expanding opportunities for bicyclists. That is why last month, as part of our PlaNYC initiative, we announced our commitment to dramatically accelerating the implementation of the city's 1,800-mile bike-lane master plan to ensure that the entire system is in place before 2030. PlaNYC also calls for the installation of 1,200 on-street bicycle racks throughout the five boroughs by 2009 as part of our continuing CITYRACKS program.

Our Administration is fully committed to the New York's ongoing Bicycle Network Development Project, which aims to increase ridership throughout the five boroughs. Since the Project's inception, the city has developed 400 miles of bicycle lanes, routes, and car-free greenways, and we plan to add another 200 miles of new vehicle-free bike paths, on-street striped lanes, and signed routes over the next three years.

As a result of our efforts, we have seen a 75 percent increase in bicyclists from 2000 to 2006. Please know that we are committed to building on that progress by making it even easier, safer, and more enjoyable to bike in a greener, greater New York.


Sincerely,

Michael R. Bloomberg

Mayor"

Reax?

1 comment:

Vernon Malcolm said...

Them boys in Bayside are the most dangerous and backwards of all. The city should toughen inspections for medical, psychiatric and vehicle reasons to cut down the number of congestion. This way, we will also get the voters against congestion pricing, who live in Bayside and Staten Island, to move away. Free health care means psychiatric care for all those angry talk radio white males! They are all overweight from driving around too much, burdening the city health system!