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NY1 Exclusive: Poll Finds New Yorkers Mostly Favor City's Bike Lanes

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New Yorkers seem to be warming up to the idea of bike lanes, but that doesn't mean they're ready for more.

An exclusive NY1/Marist College poll released today finds that 66 percent of residents support the bike lanes.


However, more than one in four - or 28 percent - still oppose them.

Only a quarter of New Yorkers surveyed think they are making traffic better in the five boroughs, while 40 percent say they are making traffic worse.

A large number of residents, 30 percent, say they make no difference at all.

Forty-four percent of residents surveyed think there are enough bike lanes already, while 27 percent would like to see more.

Twenty-three percent think there should be fewer bike lanes.

The city's move to install a record number of lanes has generated some controversy for the Bloomberg administration, though residents who spoke with NY1 were more concerned with the safety of cyclists.

"It needs to be safe, you know if people are gonna use it as a viable mode of transportation then it needs to be thought of as just as important as car commuters," said one New Yorker.

"I think the bike lanes are a good idea. I'm not a fan of people who don't listen to the idea of the bike lane, who basically, you have a bike lane set up for them and yet they're still riding on the street," said another.

The poll, which surveyed 808 New Yorkers from July 20th through the 27th, has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

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