New York City has a whole lot of data on its many pedestrians, cars, buses, trucks and bicyclists. And thanks to the Department of Transportation, a whole lot of it is again available for you to peruse. Specifically in the DOT's Sustainable Streets Index, the 2011 edition of which you can explore right here [PDF]. Oh, the idea of 72-pages of beautifully illustrated traffic data makes you start typing "tl;dr?" No problem, we've broken out five of our favorite facts from the report for you:

Seven Minutes: Much of the DOT's data comes from GPS information provided by the city's taxis, which gives us the magic number seven: "Excluding trips two and from the airports, the average New York City taxi ride lasts seven minutes." How far those seven minutes in heaven will take you, however, depends on when and where you are going from. "During daytime hours, taxi trips average 10.9 mph, so a seven minute trip travels an average 1.3 miles. Trips mostly on Manhattan avenues go faster than crosstown trips—12.1 mph on avenues vs 8.5 mph on crosstown streets. Trips outside of Manhattan go faster, averaging 12.4 mph." Check out the cool map of average seven minute taxi rides on page 15, below.

65 Percent: New Yorkers are far and away ahead of other large U.S. cities when it comes to commuting sustainably. 65 percent of NYC residents primarily commute by walking and public transportation (including 79 percent of those from Manhattan, 69 percent from Brooklyn, 65 percent from the Bronx, 57 percent from Queens and 34 percent from Staten Island). The closest city to us in the U.S. is Philadelphia, where 35 percent commute by walking and mass transit.

Spring, Fall, Mondays and Tuesdays: So you want to drive around in Manhattan? Join the club. About 778,000 cars can be found below 60th Street each day! But if you want to know when the traffic is the lightest your best bet is, obviously, to go out on the weekends. Beyond that, you'll want to drive around in the Spring or Fall on Mondays or Tuesdays (things go down hill from there).

The U.N. Sucks: Yes, it is nice to have the seat of world government in the Big Apple, but it is hell on our traffic. Wouldn't you know that quite a few of the 25 slowest traffic days of the year (when the average speed in Manhattan ranges from 8.6 to 6.9 MPH) coincide with the U.N. General Assembly in late September? The other big clusters of clusterfuck traffic are in November and December when the holidays arrive with a few other days scattered about the year for good measure (check out pages 16 and 17 of the PDF below to see what the exact worst days were in 2011—and remember that the blizzard of 2010 was still causing problems in January 2011).

Cycling Is A Big Deal: Anybody who reads Gothamist knows that there are more cyclists out there now than ever before. But on the grand scale the number is staggering. Since 2000 the number of cyclists commuting into the city's Central Business District (the Battery to 60th Street) has increased by 289 percent! Cycling increased by 13 percent overall in 2010 and another seven percent in 2011.