It is always great to see more bikes on the street, but the increase in the number of people riding bicycles brings changes to the cycling experience. This article from the BrooklynInk may be showing us the future of biking in Wisconsin cities, many of which have also seen increases in bicycling.
As New York City has aggressively began adding protected bike lanes, they have seen rapid growth in the number of people riding bikes. Where once the traffic conflicts were between cab drivers, delivery drivers and pedestrians, now people on bikes are getting a taste of NYC road rage, lawsuits, and tickets. The good news side of that coin is that even though the number of peope riding bikes in New York has quadrupled, serious accidents involving bicycles have stayed the same.
“As this flurry of legal activity demonstrates, the increase in bicycling in New York over the past decade has also ratcheted up the conflict between riders, pedestrians and motorists,” said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a NYC group that advocates for the use of other forms of transportation than cars and the subway. At the same time, “The way the streets of the greatest city in the world are being used is changing fundamentally. People are beginning to understand that it is entirely possible — and really, very desirable — to lead a life without being tethered to an automobile.”