Over the past ten years, the City dramatically increased its efforts to make cycling safer and more convenient. Since 2006, NYC DOT increased the size and quality of the bicycle network, adding 308 lane miles of conventional lanes and 74 lane miles of protected lanes; developed Citi Bike, the largest bike share system in North America; distributed over 180,000 free bicycle helmets and thousands of free bicycle bells and lights; installed 24,000 bicycle racks across the five boroughs; and conducted bicycling safety trainings for thousands of New York City public school children.
The community of bicycle groups in New York City also played an important role in organizing and educating cyclists, advocating for bicycle network expansion, and working with the City to encourage more New Yorkers to get on bicycles.
As the City expanded the bicycle network, the number of New Yorkers with convenient access to bicycle facilities grew dramatically. By the end of 2016, 80% of New Yorkers lived within a quarter mile of a bicycle facility, the equivalent of a two minute ride or a five minute walk. Research shows that people who live within a quarter mile of a bicycle facility are more likely to bicycle than those who lived one mile or more away; NYC DOT continues to focus on bicycle network expansion as its core strategy to increase cycling.