Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Most New Yorkers Support Bike Share: Poll
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Three in four registered voters support the New York City's proposed bike share program, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
The city plans to have the bike share program running by next summer, with 10,000 bikes and 600 stations in Manhattan below 79th Street and a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Among young people, 87 percent support bike share. It is the least popular in Staten Island, but even so, bike share is supported 52 to 42 percent in the borough.
Republicans, Democrats, Independents, men, women, whites, blacks and Hispanics said they would want “bike rental lots” (presumably bike share stations) in their neighborhoods, as did residents of all the boroughs except Staten Island, and members of all age groups except for those above 50.
However, only 45 percent said they’d used the bike share, compared to 53 percent who said they wouldn’t.
The poll found support for bike lanes overall holding steady at 58 to 37 percent. But when asked if they wanted more bike lanes in their neighborhoods, New Yorkers were divided, with 46 percent saying, 'Yes' and 48 percent saying, 'No.'
The poll of 1,068 registered voters was taken October 12 through 16, and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.