As the subways halt and catch fire and the mayor gives out parking placards like traffic-causing candy, one form of transportation looks more and more like a savior: the humble bicycle. With the steadily increasing popularity of cycling in the city, StreetEasy decided to take a look at the neighborhoods they considered the most friendly to the city's engineless two-wheeler population.
StreetEasy's methods involved looking at the number of Citi Bike stations, miles of bike lanes, proximity to parks and the amount of buildings that provide bike storage in a given neighborhood. By those metrics anyway, Manhattan's middle east side neighborhood Lenox Hill comes out at the most bike-friendly neighborhood in the whole city. StreetEasy says that neighborhood's 16 Citi Bike docks, plus how close the neighborhood is to both Central Park and the East River Greenway, help Lenox Hill come out on top.
In second place is Park Slope, thanks to the Prospect Park West bike lane and Prospect Park's (half) car-free roads, which provide a truly relaxing cycling experience. Though the less said about Fifth Avenue's sharrow system and Fourth Avenue's total no-go zone the better. (Though the latter could soon change for the better.)
Of course, these are kind of arbitrary guidelines to what makes a neighborhood good for bikes. And all this being said, just because a neighborhood is deemed "bike-friendly" doesn't really mean much when it comes to the larger issue of making New York more bike-friendly overall. What good is Lenox Hill as a cyclist's paradise if your journey down 2nd Avenue requires you to dodge cars at the entrance to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel on your way to the Lower East Side? Not a day goes by, not a day, when I don't see a cyclist almost catch a left hook or a driver thinks he's slickly getting around traffic in an intersection by driving into the bike lane. Until bicycles are equipped with handlebar-mounted electromagnetic pulse cannons to fire at reckless drivers, no neighborhood will truly be bike friendly.