And Why, If You Can, You Should
Written by TransAlt
In New York City, where the majority of residents typically travel by subway or bus, the outbreak of COVID-19 has been met with a surge in cycling. On bridges over the East River, the number of people on bikes is up by 50 percent. On the Brooklyn Greenway, cyclist counts are more than double what they were last year.
This makes sense. Riding a bike allows you to avoid crowded buses and subways, touch fewer public surfaces, and stay out in the fresh air. It is also notable that cycling is a low-effort stress relieving exercise, which is good for your immunity, a welcome relief from being shut in, and helpful for coping with the high stress unknowns of a developing pandemic.
Bicycling is also critical to urban resilience in times of crisis. In New York City, during the 2005 transit strike and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, surges in cycling helped transport goods, provide mutual aid, and help many people cope when roads were blocked or public transit shut down.
But for the uninitiated, riding a bike in a big city can be scary. The number one remedy for that fear is infrastructure for cycling, like protected bike lanes. In New York City, protected bike lanes have been shown to slow speeding drivers, and dramatically reduce all types of traffic crashes and injuries. While Transportation Alternatives is pushing New York City officials to start rapid implementation of permanent and interim infrastructure for cycling, with few tips, you can get started riding today.
Here’s what you need to know to safely start riding a bike, in New York, or your city:
Read on >>> Source: Medium How to Start Biking During COVID-19 – TransAlt – Medium