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Why protected bike lanes are more valuable than parking spaces

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America's first parking-protected bike lane came to New York City in 2007. Here's what happened next. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO When Janette Sadik-Khan was hired as chief transportation official for New York City in 2007, she took a page out of Denmark’s playbook and created America’s first parking-protected bike lane, right in the middle of downtown Manhattan. A parking protected bike lane created a buffer between the traffic of cars, trucks and buses and cyclists. But it also eliminated parking spots. The protected lanes didn't just make the streets safer for those on bikes; they also improved traffic flow for vehicles and spurred increased retail sales for businesses nearby. You can read more about the 9th avenue protected bike lane pilot program here: https://nacto.org/case-study/ninth-avenue-complete-street-new-york-city/ And you read a full study on all of the data used in this video here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/cycling-in-the-city.pdf Here is a full inventory of all implemented + planned protected cycle tracks in New York City: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/nyc-protected-bike-lanes.pdf Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Sam Miake-Lye (12 days ago)
Zi wish the New York Times would keep reporting on real stories like this rather than feuilleton.
Sha Cloon (16 days ago)
I hate cyclists
Jar Of Mayonaise (20 days ago)
Rest of the world: struggles with bicycles Me: *Laughs in Dutch*
Britt Pomales (22 days ago)
parking spaces are important. in New York you can't find damn parking bc it has a bike lane or it's cost $40 an hour. cyclist should move to the country if they want to bike. why are you in the city expecting to have the necessary needs you ask for? too many people in the sidewalk, too little parking spaces, too many cars for just one person. why are you biking in an area that is damn busy??
Rob Bleeker (22 days ago)
The only thing they needed to do was to adopting the Dutch system.....A system that has been in use like for ever...
Scott (24 days ago)
The reason it worked is because it worked. There are always a few that will try something because they are adventurous. If it gives them a thrill they will do it recreationally but in this case if it gets them around the city quick and safe they will tell their friends and family. If biking is faster safer and cheaper than by car, well that is what people are going to do. Bigger, better, faster, safer, cheaper, because it's the American way.
Pistachio Macaroon (27 days ago)
I had a raleigh bike with super thin wheels, livin in Toronto. My wheel got caught in the streetcar tracks and I flew over my bike handles and into the vehicle in front of me. I was 21 years old at the time. 11 years ago O.o
Random Person (1 month ago)
1200 or 120 miles of bike lane? 2:55
Haha Kaka (1 month ago)
Looks like fun!
Madeline Golding (1 month ago)
Soooooo, I took driver's training last month and my drivers ed tech kept yelling at the people using the sharrows.... I had to tell him that what they were doing is actually legal.
Kun (1 month ago)
"thats the kind of recipe for future success of cities" easy for you to say that living up north. please try that in tropical condition where it literally summer 33-40 degrees celsius whole year long, and frickin high humidity, good luck
christdragon (1 month ago)
I've never been to NYC. Bike lanes in Columbus Oh is pretty good but there is room for improvement. I think things are improving massively from where they used to be. Thanks.
82465amen (1 month ago)
Now everyone can show up to work all sweaty after leaving the walk-in closet that they live in.
A. De (1 month ago)
1:26 good thing there's a bike lane bc he can't hear us
Mmm K (1 month ago)
Am I having deja-vu or is this video a repeat? It seems so familiar!
UmmYeahOk (2 months ago)
"If you want to build a better city, you can start by building bike lanes." I would say that it depends on the city. To be a "city" you have to have at least 50,000 people living there. Well I can think of several that are pretty much suburbia. There are bike riders, but they aren't commuting. Few would even let their kids ride to school. I rode to work once, and I know someone else who did it daily, but we're talking about .001% of the population. They are mostly doing it for recreational/health reasons. This means that, while they have a legal right to the road, they are forcing 20+ cars to drive 30MPH below the speed limit because they don't want to pull over to let people pass. As a driver who needed to drive slow on rare occasions, I will do this out of courtesy, but also because impeding the flow of traffic is still against the law. But many of these suburbs are starting to add bike lanes. I like them because we can finally drive the speed limit, but at the same time, I feel like that's a HUGE waste of tax dollars for those 5 inconsiderate people who think they're being "healthy" by riding on 50mph streets during rush hour. Maybe they're like sidewalks in that while 5% of the suburban population may use them once or twice a year, they make the town look nice. But they won't reduce traffic, because as I said before, very few people commute. It is rare to live within 5-10 miles of your workplace. You may be lucky enough to live a mile from the nearest grocery store, but you aren't going to walk or ride there. You can't carry all of that with you. And where I live, you'd be doing it in 90-110 degree temperatures most of the year.
Lillian (2 months ago)
The bike lanes are appreciated. I took the 9th Ave. lane from Columbus and 66th to 9th Ave. and 43rd St. It was my first street ride in traffic, and was less scary than I thought thanks to those lanes. That said, parts of the lane were horrific. They were under construction, super narrow and about 4 blocks in a row had streets so rough it shook a van I rode in over that same spot. I just wish there were caution signs for things like that. One part looked so horrible, I had to ask the construction worker if the lane was open. He said it was. I noticed others riding on the opposite side of the street - likely for that reason, but I was barely bold enough to be in the bike lane.
Sudha Srivastava (2 months ago)
Now i am wondering when will a bike lane come in india
jestony baylon (2 months ago)
"better city, better bike lane"
Tom BlackEagle (2 months ago)
Asian cities are hell, for anyone. road rage, no space, loud, just anything bad. Can someone show this to the HK mayor?
michael hernandez (2 months ago)
Noice! Meanwhile in some 3rd world countries, being a pedestrian is more dangerous than riding a motorcycle without a helmet!
Dan Stafford (2 months ago)
I was in the Netherlands and I can tell you that the cars deliberately try to run down pedestrian... run don't walk!!
Stalest Meme ever (2 months ago)
Who cares about men it’s all about the women and children
Matt Sezer (2 months ago)
Protected bike lanes are worse than useless unless they have the dedicated lights and the lights actually have red and green arrows, not flashing yellow. Multiple people have died in NYC protected bike lanes from cars making turns and not seeing them.
enigma1863 (2 months ago)
So what about in the winter when the lanes are completely covered in snow.
Riley Sherriff TV (2 months ago)
put in a heap of bike lanes but no one uses them 😂😂
Rolf Poelman (2 months ago)
hc chn (2 months ago)
There is something called underground parking.
Paul Buste (2 months ago)
I wish we would have this type of thinking in Romania. Here is almost suicidal to commute on a bicycle.
Christian Starke (2 months ago)
A better city does not need bike lanes. In Edmonton, where we are snow covered for six months of the year, we installed a series of bike lanes with concrete barriers. Many streets on this bike grid now only ho one way and residential parking has been signifigantly reduced. These bike lanes actually make cycling more dangerous in this city. To build a better city we would be wise to eliminate bike lanes.
Charles Gates (2 months ago)
72209 doesn't have any bike lanes. Infrastructure from hell.
Matthew Palmer (2 months ago)
Laughs in Danish
X G (2 months ago)
Make bicycle pays road tax.
Bill (2 months ago)
Develop a city for the exclusive use of bikes for transportation ,...................and move all the bikers there. Solved .
R L (2 months ago)
lies all lies
Unknown User (2 months ago)
Viraan (2 months ago)
Ah 45k is cute m where i live there are more bikes than peaple
zeus lim (2 months ago)
It's terrifying, that's why it's fun. Actually I think the reason it's fun is, more of the sheer number of people I can piss off just going to school. But we don't really have bike lanes here, or roadside parking, there's like 1 road with a bike lane and that road's pretty much only used by trucks going to the airport to finish construction of the new terminal.
dandanthetaximan (2 months ago)
In Phoenix, AZ it’s mostly the homeless and really poor on bikes
joshua jee (2 months ago)
New orleans just caught on to this and i heard they were gonna start putting up barriers. Just the other day a cyclist was killed at the st. Patricks day parade. R.I.P.🙏
Dan Hull (2 months ago)
And all of this thanks to Casey Neistat
notlawson (2 months ago)
What song is at the end
Gunman610 (2 months ago)
I'm sincerely surprised that Philly is so low on the list. They're everywhere and Philly is an extremely bike friendly city. Outside of the bike thieves, obviously.
Shawn Villalobos (2 months ago)
Riding bicycles thru the city is not for the faint of heart or the weak.
Levi Wrigley (2 months ago)
0:15 civic ek in the back xD
newmagicfilms (2 months ago)
Casey Neistat promote bike lanes
charles corbin (2 months ago)
where i live,even if they have them,they still ride on the road
Ryan Sims (2 months ago)
Im inclined believe this, but considering the source I'll have to hold off.
Davis Winn (2 months ago)
Cyclists are cancer.
Jake Cheong (2 months ago)
Quick question are you able to skate in the bike lane?
GraveUypo (2 months ago)
world is so full of bullshit. my city has huge protected bike lanes going all across it and if they see a bike every 5 minutes i'd be surprised. this crap only works on perfectly flat cities. put an incline, any incline, and no one bikes.
Rata 4U (2 months ago)
Why are people comparing the Netherlands to other nations? I've been to the Netherlands myself. It's a very flat and tiny nation. I can drive across their entire country in a few hours! I live in Canada where it takes DAYS to cross. I live in Vancouver....there are very steep grades very few cyclists ride on, plus we have torrential rains and icy conditions that keep cyclists off the roads. The point is that the car brings prosperity to areas that can't be reached by bicycles. Without cars those businesses wither away. Even the businesses in the downtown core suffered when they took away parking in lieu of bicycle lanes. Now those bicycle lanes sit empty during the winter months or days when it rains. You can't compare these two nations.
Hugo Spooner (2 months ago)
ilove fat bike because people wacht my leg to know wats my speed but my leg did not show my speed lol
R B (3 months ago)
This is good because bicycles absolutely do not belong in the street with cars.
R B would you rather they go on the pavement/side walk?
Davide Consonni (3 months ago)
I find it funny how something as beneficial to public health as biking HAS to benefit businesses first
TheGreatSeraphim (3 months ago)
Or build underground express multi wide lane 'highways' to take the long distance drivers off the surface roads.
S Tho (2 months ago)
TheGreatSeraphim. Or one could build a two meter wide tunnel with forced air to take bikes off the surface roads.
SirWolfz (3 months ago)
they city should buy up old building that are for sale and turn them into multi layered free parking and slowly get rid off parking on the roadside
Dylan Colwell (3 months ago)
*puts bike lanes in Detroit city* problem solved
K. Chris Caldwell (3 months ago)
_"Protected bike lanes,"_ are just another mulcting scam by jurisdictions. Chicago put them in and then began to ticket people and delivery trucks that HAD to stand in them to make deliveries, pick up their kids from school, etc. Also, the gun and badge thugs now have an extra excuse to violate your rights, as they now like to pull people over under the guise that they crossed over into a bike lane, even if briefly. The lanes have also enabled the city to write more parking tickets, as on street parking is further limited. By the way: Chicago is a wonderful city, but dealing with the off the chart corrupt city and state government will eclipse any benefits the city has to offer. _"Ignorance is Strength." I'm weak._
PGraveDigger1 (2 months ago)
"Chicago put them in and then began to ticket people and delivery trucks that HAD to stand in them to make deliveries, pick up their kids from school, etc." Ever heard of a parking spot? Nobody forces drivers to stand in protected bike lanes, they choose to do that themselves.
Declan Feeny (3 months ago)
These people are obviously not from new york
Steven Magallanes (3 months ago)
Escape from new York? Escape from New jersey..
Jared Fontaine (3 months ago)
Harden up and ride in the road...
kei118 (3 months ago)
We gas guzzling pick up trucks prefer running straight over bikes rolling coal.
Troy Keeling (3 months ago)
The plan it to put you at risk,to push a preplanned agenda, all for political power.
lifeisawar zone (3 months ago)
good news for once
James Lee (3 months ago)
Waiting for the self riding bike to disrupt the norm
dandanthetaximan (2 months ago)
James Lee that’s what electric scooters are doing
Emiel Eijermans (3 months ago)
P M (4 months ago)
American cities are in the stone age of mobility when it comes to developed countries.
Joshua Graham (4 months ago)
Litteraly answerd your own question 40 seconds in... Because of traffic like that.
Diogo Casado (4 months ago)
4:16 - bike lanes are very cost effective - unless you are in Brazil where it costed millions to build a bike lane on Paulista Av. We are all champs.
hyou zan ren (4 months ago)
Who cares about cars?... More bike lanes pls!
Floris de Wagt (4 months ago)
Just go to the netherlands if you want to bike in lanes
陈龙 (4 months ago)
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Paulo (4 months ago)
I'm still on the 2000s dodging cars bus and trucks, no bike lanes. But it's fun during heavy traffics only bikes move forward.
Tea Tea (4 months ago)
Insert in Russia joke
maldo72 (5 months ago)
This is such bullshit Manhattan is unique compared to other cities because most people have to travel by car through Manhattan to get over to New Jersey or vice a versa which makes congestion so much more when you add these bike lanes. On top of that there is no place for delivery truck to unload there goods safely (most just double park take the parking ticket as a cost of doing business) and further block traffic ..... Add in top of that the use of electric bike skate boards etc etc that can do 25+ mph is not a bike in my book .... you have not seen what a heavy electric bike can do to a person at 25mph
Petar Stamenkovic (5 months ago)
Impressive! They implemented a risky change they thought would be beneficial, but they were also humble enough to realize that they might be wrong. So they studied what their actually change did on a small scale before implementing it on a larger scale. They didn't simply assume that their well intentioned idea will work. Now that is proper governing. Kudos to New York! We need more leaders like this- the kind humble enough to think to check if their -stupid- idea will even do what they hope it will do. Far too many leaders hope that their idiotic, but well meaning changes will do anything approximating their desired outcomes. So they never bother to check if they are helping or not. Protected housing prices comes to mind... I'm glad that they're testing UBI and minimum wage increases intensely. Those two have the highest change of either helping or hurting people the most. World is complicated and we better be very sure about what changes we make and why. Simply having good intentions isn't enough. After all, road to hell is paved with good intentions.
jonathan. (5 months ago)
I’m in Miami and I am pretty reckless driving my cruiser bike; even though the cruiser is meant to cruise, I ride it like a speed bike and dodge cars all over the place because I don’t like to stop.(also because I have the legs for peddling😁); PLEASE, IF YOU THINK ITS NOT SAFE TO RIDE THAT WAY AND THAT IT MAY CAUSE A MALFUNCTION ON MY BIKE, let me know because better late than sorry. I may like to add though, that for me the most important thing is to have front and back lights. Because in the city there’s a lot of reckless drivers and also on weekends DRUNK DRIVERS. Lights are very important.
VitrosPodium (5 months ago)
Been like this in the Netherlands for more than 50 years and the USA 'smart people' 're-inventing' it. LOL this makes me laugh.
MrHyperdant (5 months ago)
It's really funny how it's even a debate in the US...
David B (6 months ago)
I am a New Yorker and i must say these bike lanes cause nothing but unnecessary traffic even for busses
Myrtle Q. Urkel (6 months ago)
THE THOUGHT OF BIKING IN A CITY IS NOT TERRIFYING.......BUT you are mainly focusing on NYC so that’s what you should initially say!
OVI-Wan Kenobi (6 months ago)
2:28 Pure BS. Retail sales are not a function of having or not having bike lanes. Retail sales depend solely on the demand of the commodity that is being sold.
OVI-Wan Kenobi (6 months ago)
2:04 They're still sacrificing parking spaces for bike lanes. You can't have both. Bike lanes do not work in Canadian northern winter cities were almost nobody bikes.
Andrew Pollock (8 months ago)
It's not just about building bike lanes. You need to fine cars that block intersections and stop on crosswalks. This is not a priority with most police chiefs -which is why I believe they all need to be replaced with police chiefs who care about making the streets safe for bicycles and pedestrians. If you r department is not writing a lot of fines for people who block intersections and stop on cross walks then don't tell me you care about bikers and pedestrians.
jo jo (8 months ago)
1:26 nice parking
crezman (8 months ago)
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Martin (8 months ago)
Will keep this in mind when I'm building a city
Bill W. (8 months ago)
Here we go again activist bicyclist adding and abetting REAL ESTATE SPECULATION! ! By destroying public parking and making it a commodity you basically benefit large property owners and developers at the expense of the working class!
Sam Leonard (3 months ago)
the people on the bikes on average are poorer than the people in cars. Most working class people in new york city ride the train.
Señor Pants (8 months ago)
If I die young, its going to be because a driver didn't look before turning right on red.
Mr. P. Enis (8 months ago)
Lol i'm from denmark and i was shook the first time i saw a guy from new york bike in the middle of the road
cornellius01 (8 months ago)
They take the idea from Bogotá...
Ainz Lorde (9 months ago)
Dutch people: why not both?
nightsage217 (9 months ago)
I wish I even had proper pedestrian path in my country...
100nni (9 months ago)
We're going through something similar in berlin right now, it's a very polarizing topic. You should hear the ridiculous arguments some people have against bike lanes... Some people literally claim that there shouldn't be any new bike lanes until cyclists use the old ones (but they never consider that the reason they aren't used is that they were build in the 70s and are more dangerous than cycling on the road, sigh)
Bike lane user are generally the worst parts of humanity and all motorists know it
Juan Dominguez (9 months ago)
It's cheaper to build solid bike lanes than to pay for natural disaster cleanup.
Thangaraj MJ (9 months ago)
Not a problem for the europeans

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