8/9: About Two-Thirds Favor NYC Bike Lanes…Only One in Four Says Lanes Improve Traffic

August 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Featured, NYC, NYC Poll Archive, Politics

According to this NY1-Marist Poll, 66% of New York City adults support bike lanes in the Big Apple.  More than one in four — 28% — oppose them, and 6% are unsure.  However, just 25% of residents think they make traffic better in the five boroughs.  Four in ten — 40% — believe such lanes make traffic worse while 30% say they make no difference at all.  Only 5% are unsure.

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Click here for Complete August 9th, 2011 NY1-Marist Poll Release and Tables

When it comes to the number of bike lanes in New York City, a plurality — 44% — thinks the amount is on target.  27% want more bike lanes created while 23% believe the number should be reduced.  Six percent are unsure.

Table: Support or Oppose Bike Lanes in NYC

Table: Impact of Bike Lanes on NYC Traffic

Table: Number of Bike Lanes in NYC

Sharing the Road: Can’t Get No Respect from Taxi Drivers and Motorists

Most New York City adults — 78% — say taxi drivers are not respectful when sharing the road.  16%, though, believe they are, and 6% are unsure.  Although motorists are viewed by fewer residents as being disrespectful, a majority — 53% — thinks drivers, in general, are inconsiderate when sharing the road.

New York City residents divide about bicyclists.  48% view them as respectful while 46% report they are not.  Seven percent are unsure.

Bus drivers top the list for being most respectful on the city’s streets.  More than two-thirds of residents — 67% — think bus drivers are respectful when on the road while 28% believe they are not.  Five percent are unsure.  Looking at pedestrians, a slim majority — 51% — consider passers-by to be considerate when sharing the road.  44% do not have this view, and 5% are unsure.

Table: Are Taxi Drivers Respectful or Disrespectful when Sharing the Road?

Table: Are Motorists Respectful or Disrespectful when Sharing the Road?

Table: Are Bicyclists Respectful or Disrespectful when Sharing the Road?

Table: Are Bus Drivers Respectful or Disrespectful when Sharing the Road?

Table: Are Pedestrians Respectful or Disrespectful when Sharing the Road?

NY1-Marist Poll Methodology

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11 Responses to “8/9: About Two-Thirds Favor NYC Bike Lanes…Only One in Four Says Lanes Improve Traffic”

  1. Poll: Bike Lanes Most Popular Among Latinos, Lower Income Earners, and Youth | Transportation Nation on August 9th, 2011 11:07 am

    [...] interesting cross-tabs in today’s NY1-Marist poll, which shows a pro-bike lane margin even larger than Quinnipiac’s:  by a [...]

  2. Streetsblog New York City » Marist Poll: Two-Thirds of New Yorkers Support Bike Lanes on August 9th, 2011 12:19 pm

    [...] new NY1/Marist poll adds to the public opinion research showing a substantial majority of New Yorkers favor bike lanes. [...]

  3. Poll Shows Two-Thirds of New Yorkers Support Bike Lanes | Inhabitat New York City on August 10th, 2011 12:11 pm

    [...] been a part of the former group, we are pleased to see that we are not alone. In fact, according to a new NY1/Marist poll, 66 percent of all New Yorkers are in the bike lane supporting group with us. [...]

  4. Curing Car Vs. Cyclist Road Wars With A New Rule: "Just Don’t Steal The Right-Of-Way" « Cool Green Magazine on August 18th, 2011 9:17 am

    [...] recent Marist poll in New York City, where bike lane installations have caused protests, doesn’t have a complete [...]

  5. Curing Car Vs. Cyclist Road Wars With A New Rule: "Just Don’t Steal The Right-Of-Way" | Social Entrepreneur Guide on August 19th, 2011 10:01 am

    [...] recent Marist poll in New York City, where bike lane installations have caused protests, doesn’t have a complete [...]

  6. Bicycle Visionary | BikeAtlanta.net on September 11th, 2011 1:00 pm

    [...] mis­lead­ing. Sev­eral polls have shown that a major­ity of New York­ers favor the cre­ation of bike lanes, at least in the [...]

  7. Dowd, Friedman, Kristof and Bruni « Marion in Savannah on September 12th, 2011 6:14 am

    [...] misleading. Several polls have shown that a majority of New Yorkers favor the creation of bike lanes, at least in the [...]

  8. Dan Collins: New York City’s Bike Lane Brawl | Screw Cable on August 24th, 2012 2:12 am

    [...] poll out this week found that 66 percent of New Yorkers think bike lanes are a good idea. And a Marist poll conducted last year ago also found that two-thirds of New Yorkers support bike [...]

  9. Dan Collins: New York City’s Bike Lane Brawl | Screw Cable on August 24th, 2012 2:12 am

    [...] poll out this week found that 66 percent of New Yorkers think bike lanes are a good idea. And a Marist poll conducted last year ago also found that two-thirds of New Yorkers support bike [...]

  10. Will New York City's Next Mayor Ride The Subway? : freedomluchador.com on February 22nd, 2013 6:55 pm

    [...] of the candidates seem down on keeping all of the lanes, which are strongly supported by city voters but a source of annoyance for some drivers, who argue they slow down traffic, and [...]

  11. Will New York City’s Next Mayor Ride The Subway? | Political Ration on February 22nd, 2013 7:11 pm

    [...] of the candidates seem down on keeping all of the lanes, which are strongly supported by city voters but a source of annoyance for some drivers, who argue they slow down traffic, and [...]

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