NYers Like Bike Lanes: Poll

By Sara Frazier
|  Friday, Mar 18, 2011  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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NYers Like Bike Lanes: Poll

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New Yorkers gave the green light to bike lanes in a new poll out Friday, with a majority saying they are in favor of the growing network.

The bike lane map has grown to nearly 500 miles of lanes throughout the five boroughs, delighting riders but angering others who say the lanes are an intrusion in some communities.

The Quinnipiac University survey asked voters which comes closer to their point of view: is the expansion of bike lanes a good thing because it's greener and healthier or is it a bad thing because it leaves less room for cars, which increases traffic.

Among those polled, 54 percent said bike lanes are good, while 39 percent said they are bad.

The survey also found voters divided by political party affiliation, which might interest elected officials lining up to run for mayor in 2013.

Democrats endorsed the lanes 59 to 35 percent, while Republicans were against them by the same 59 to 35 percent split.

Independents also back bike lanes, 56 to 29 percent.

Mayor Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, has pushed for the lane network expansion.

The poll questioned 1,115 voters from March 8 to Monday and has a plus or minus 3 percentage point margin of error.

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