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Bicycle & Greenway Planning Bicycle & Greenway Planning

Bicycle & Greenway | Pedestrian | Parking | Roadway and Other Projects

The Transportation Division is at the forefront of bicycle and greenway planning in the city. Our projects plan for a variety of bicycle facilities from riding along the waterfront to bicycle parking and promoting annual Bike Month activities in May. City Planning is committed to making bicycling a vital part of the transportation system.

Some of our projects have been completed under the umbrella program Bicycle Network Development which is jointly managed with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Parks and Recreation. The goal of BND is to reduce congestion and improve air quality by promoting bicycling. The objectives of BND and its projects are to implement and maintain New York City's on- and off-street bicycle network; improve cycling safety; improve bicycle access on bridges and mass transit; and institutionalize bicycling in public and private organizations.

You can learn more about bicycle planning projects below.

The 2015 New York City Bike Map (17.4 MB) shows the network of existing bicycle lanes, existing and planned greenway paths, and planned on-street routes.
Bike the Bronx - Greenway Bike Tour
Bike The Bronx – Greenway Bike Tour (2010) guides you through the greenways and parks of the Bronx while connecting you to a variety of landmarks, shops, and other points of interest. The tour offers numerous destination options and ride lengths.

Bike Facilities Profile
Bike Facilities Profile: 2001-2008 (2009) analyzes bicycle ridership trends and patterns utilizing data collected over a period of eight years. Some of the findings in the report include information on helmet use, the gender of riders, and other user characteristics.

The Woodhaven - Cross Bay Bicycle Corridor Study

Woodhaven - Cross Bay Bicycle Corridor Study (2009), recommends a variety of bicycle facilities that would improve bicycle and greenway connections in Southern Queens. The purpose of this study is to develop a series of bicycle routes that would link the various communities in and around the study area and enhance connections to local parks and greenways.

Bike & Ride: Bicycle Access and Parking for Subway and Commuter Rail Users Bike & Ride: Bicycle Access and Parking for Subway and Commuter Rail Users (2009), recommends a series of locations for the installation of secure bicycle parking facilities at transit stations.  Over 200 transit stations were surveyed for this report and recommendations include a number of site-specific bicycle parking solutions.
The Prospect Park-Ocean Parkway Greenway Study
The Prospect Park-Ocean Parkway Greenway Study (2009), seeks to improve the critical link between Ocean Parkway at Church Avenue and Prospect Park via Park Circle in Brooklyn as well as other transportation issues in the Park Circle vicinity. This report contains short- and long-term recommendations for pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles, and equestrians.
CITYRACKS Map The CITYRACKS Map (2009) is an interactive map of existing outdoor bicycle parking in the city. The map, developed with the New York City Department of Transportation, allows users to view, comment on, and download data on the existing bicycle parking in New York City. Users are encouraged to report any errors found on the map via the form provided.
The Queens Around the World Bike Map The Queens Around the World Bike Map (2009), bicycle tour takes you along on-street and off-street bicycle lanes and greenways through parks, by shops and into neighborhoods where diverse communities create vibrant street life filled with an incredible array of music, shopping, and cultural events. The tour offers a number of destination options and ride lengths.
Bike Share
Bike-Share Opportunities in New York City (2009) analyzes existing bike-share models and current New York City bicyclist demographics and demand to assess the potential for a New York City Bike-Share Program. In addition, an overview of potential funding options and recommendations for program implementation, including suggested program size and phasing, bike-station siting, fees, safety and theft reduction, are also discussed.  
Bronx East-West Bicycle Corridor (2008)

The Bronx East-West Bicycle Corridor (2008) is a study of three east-west corridors in the Bronx to determine the feasibility of installing bicycle lanes adjacent to the vehicular lanes (Class II bicycle lanes) or shared lanes on the streets. The purpose of this project is to build upon the existing bicycle network in the Bronx and establish connections to major destinations such as parks and transit. 

NYC Bicycle Lane and Inventory New York City Bicycle Lane and Trail Inventory (2007) is the third compilation and assessment of the physical conditions of existing bicycle facilities in New York City. The first report was issued in 2000 and the second report in 2002.

NYC Bicycle Survey, 2007

The New York City Bicycle Survey (2007) presents the major findings of our online survey, held for Bike Month 2006, and their implications for transportation and bicycle planning in the city. With over 1,000 survey respondents, the report documents several trends and key findings for cycling commutation, parking, and facililties in the city.

Bronx Harlem River Waterfront Bicycle and Pedestrian Study (2006)

The Bronx Harlem River Waterfront Bicycle and Pedestrian Study (2006) identifies bicycle and pedestrian connections to a section of the Harlem River waterfront in the southwest Bronx. This report includes the project area's existing conditions and future planned developments, with recommendations for improving bicycle and pedestrian access to the waterfront area.

Eastern Parkway Extension Master Plan (2006)

The Eastern Parkway Extension Master Plan (2006) recommends four miles of new or improved multi-use off-street paths and on-street lanes and signed routes to connect the last remaining gap in the 40-mile Brooklyn-Queens Greenway from Prospect Heights to Highland Park.

Queens East River and North Shore Greenway

Queens East River and North Shore Greenway (2006) is a proposed 10.6-mile urban shared-use trail, intended to provide access to the shoreline in Queens and improve non-motorized commuter options.

State of Cycling
The Department of City Planning’s Transportation Division hosted The State of Cycling in New York City (2006) for BikeMonthNYC 2005. Initiated by the Division’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenway Team, the event helped to celebrate bike month and to promote cycling as a healthy, fun, affordable and viable form of transportation in the city.
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The Shore Parkway Greenway Connector Master Plan (2005) examines existing conditions, highlights opportunities, and presents recommendations, supported by technical analysis, to guide the implementation of new or improved bicycle facilities on a five-mile route along the missing inland section of one of the city’s premier waterfront greenways located in southern Brooklyn.
Manhattan Waterfront Greenway
The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway (2004) is a 32-mile route that circumnavigates the island of Manhattan. Most portions of the greenway are beautiful off-street paths through parks or other recreational spaces. Greenway-connectors run on-street, where waterfront access is not currently possible.
Staten Island South and West Shore Greenways
Staten Island South and West Shore Greenways Master Plan (2003) proposes a 17-mile route for pedestrians and cyclists extending from Great Kills Park on the Lower Bay to Clay Pit Pond and Bloomingdale parks along the Arthur Kill.
NYC Bicycle Land and Trail
The New York City Bicycle Lane and Trail Inventory Phase II (2001) focuses on the usage of bicycle facilities, with extensive field data including bicycle counts and an updated conditions inventory.
NYC Bicycle Lane and Trail II

The New York City Bicycle Lane and Trail Inventory Phase I (2000) is a comprehensive inventory of physical conditions of New York City's Class 2 (on-street striped bike lanes) and Class 1 (off-street) facilities. The report assists with the planning and implementation of a city-wide network and helps to achieve and maintain a state of good repair for the system.

The Soundview Park to Ferry Point Park Greenway Master Plan (2000) provides a framework for planning a greenway through a diverse and eclectic area along the Bronx waterfront which would connect to future greenways along the Bronx River and the Hutchinson River Parkway.
The Conduit

The Conduit - Southern Queens - Laurelton - Cross Island Greenway Master Plan (2000) outlines a continuous 32-mile route for greenway users along some of the most scenic and significant destinations in eastern Brooklyn and southern and eastern Queens.

Bicycle Parking Needs
Bicycle Parking Needs (1999) recommends how and where the City of New York can provide bicycle parking facilities directly and encourage private property owners to do the same.
Making Streets Safe for Cycling
Making Streets Safe for Cycling: Strategies for Improved Bicycle Safety (1999) is based on research and analysis of national and international on-street bicycle facilities designed to minimize conflicts between user modes. The report recommends a variety of innovative and straightforward designs.
Bicycle Master Plan
The New York City Bicycle Master Plan (1997) is the final report of the first phase of the Bicycle Network Development (BND) Project, a joint Department of City Planning/Department of Transportation effort.
The Greenway Plan
A Greenway Plan for New York City (1993) presents the city's vision for the nation's most ambitious urban greenway system -- 350 miles of landscaped bicycle and pedestrian paths crisscrossing New York City.

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