Metropolis Voters Assist Public Cash Invested in Bike Share – Streetsblog New York Metropolis

New York City residents overwhelmingly support the use of taxpayers’ money to expand bicycle traffic and increase the range and equity of the Citi bike system – a subsidy tool that the de Blasio administration has steadfastly supported during its seven-plus years in office opposed, as a new poll shows.

In newly released data from a previous poll on transportation alternatives, 63 percent of voters said they “support grants that encourage cycling in New York City, including Citi Bike.” Only 34 percent opposed public subsidies, which are routine for any other form of public transportation, including subways, buses, express buses, and public transportation the mayor’s ferry system.

However, unlike these forms of transit, Citi Bike has not only recovered from its pandemic decline in rider numbers – which was lower than other modes of transport – but began to surpass its pre-pandemic rider numbers in September 2020. Sam Schwartz reported:

By April 2021, Citi Bike had a monthly record of 2,044,103 trips.

Despite the lack of public subsidies, Citi Bike is slowly expanding across the city, albeit at a much slower pace than if Lyft’s proprietary system had entered into a true public-private partnership with taxpayers.

“As New York City is focused on recreation, we need to harness the momentum of our bicycle boom and make sure this affordable, equitable, and sustainable option reaches more New Yorkers,” said Marco Conner DiAquoi, assistant director, Transportation Alternatives. “Our survey shows that a wide range of New Yorkers are in favor of urban cycling subsidies, including Citi Bike. … A city budget that extends the bicycle share to more New Yorkers is not only good policy but also good policy, and we hope our current and future leaders will take note of this. “

New York remains an outlier when it comes to public subsidies for bicycle parts. In Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Jersey City and Hoboken (to be announced tomorrow), taxpayers have the game of reducing car use in a rapidly warming world. But even among car owners, support for public bicycle subsidies is high. According to the TA survey, 58 percent of residents of households who own cars support subsidies.

The survey of 805 registered voters was carried out at the end of last year and has an error rate of 3.9 percent.

In other findings:

  • Low- and middle-income New Yorkers strongly support subsidies, with 65 percent of people earning less than $ 50,000 and 69 percent of people between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000 supporting subsidies.
  • Latinx voters are the strongest proponents of subsidies to encourage cycling. 79 percent of this diverse population support taxpayer underwriting.
  • Manhattaners support most of the subsidies (67 percent), but the Staten Islanders are the second largest supporter by district. 65 percent seek public support for cycling.

Still, if asked repeated from Streetsblog Mayor de Blasio has opposed public subsidies for this form of public transport.

Do you know what’s working in NYC transportation now? No transit finances. Don’t show up #bikenyc Lanes.

The numbers are in and it is @CitiBikeNYC.

CitiBike has just hit new July levels, * beating * last year’s record high, despite almost no office commuting pic.twitter.com/ksa5oHCubZ

– Bike New York (@bikenewyork) August 18, 2020

“We have something that was a huge success and didn’t need city money, honestly, it’s not my impulse to say, ‘Let’s start putting city money into this'” the mayor said in 2019. “I am very pleased with the idea that we have certainly not been able to achieve the result we needed so far if we did not subsidize it.”

Former DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said, that A $ 400-500 million subsidy would accelerate Citi Bike’s expansion into the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. Currently, Citi Bike’s expansion into parts of these districts will not be complete until 2023. A city-wide Citi bike? It’s not on the current mayor’s agenda.

Conner DiAquoi repeated that it should be.

#BikeBoom latest!

Monthly trips are> 2 million @CitiBikeNYCis new normal

A seasonal slump is inevitable (?? earlier this week tho! ??).

But the use of CitiBike in October was despite all ?? pic.twitter.com/zjvy9QrWan

– Bicycle New York (@bikenewyork) November 12, 2020

“New investments in our bike-share network would make New York City more connected and less congested, and would involve taking back street space from cars as part of our network NYC 25 × 25 challenge“He said, referring to TransAlt’s campaign to get mayoral candidates to commit to auto-reduction strategies.

A majority of the city council members demanded subsidies in 2017. At the time, Citi Bike was operated by Motivate, whose then CEO Jay Walder said a five-district system would not be possible without city subsidies. But that was before Lyft bought the system – and yet full coverage of New York City is hard to come by.

Some cycling advocates are skeptical that Citi Bike specifically needs a subsidy when there is so much more work to be done on the range of subjects.

Mayor de Blasio (center), last seen cycling in August 2018.  Photo: Natalie GrybauskasMayor de Blasio (center) rode a Citi bike in August 2018. Photo: Natalie Grybauskas

“When the city has more money on bikes, let’s build it into new models of protected bike lanes and deferred green wave promises like safe lane safety during resurfacing and bike lane inspection,” said Jon Orcutt of Bike New York. “Citi Bike is growing much faster than the network of safe bike paths.”

Indeed, despite the lack of public funding, Citi Bike promoted its success.

“Citi Bike is one of the most successful bike-share programs in the world because it is a long-term – and increasingly regional – public-private partnership,” said Caroline Samponaro, Lyft’s director of transit, bike and scooter policies. “With nearly 120 million journeys since its launch in 2013 and an increasing number of drivers over the past year, it is clear that the system offers New Yorkers a fast, easy and affordable way to get around that has become an indelible part of the public The city’s transport network. ”

The latest TransAlt data follows an earlier release of polls that found a vast majority of New Yorkers (including many car owners) to support road safety improvements and the repurposing of roadside space for better use than car storage. as reported by Streetsblog.