August 9, 2011
8/9: About Two-Thirds Favor NYC Bike Lanes…Only One in Four Says Lanes Improve Traffic
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.
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.
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.