Commentary

New York Bike Lane Backlash?

The New York Times is spotlighting the city’s 400 miles of bike lanes in its most recent “Room for Debate” opinion forum. My response points out that the bike lanes will do little to improve mobility and reflects a concentrated subsidy for a very small minority of travelers. Among the other contributors is Alex Marshall, a columnist for Governing magazine who also points to a more rational and pragmatic approach to thinking about integrating bikes into urban transportation systems.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.