Poll: By 54 to 39 Percent, New Yorkers Say Bike Lanes "A Good Thing"

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 11:52 AM

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) A new Quinnipiac poll out today says, by a 54 to 39 percent margin, New Yorkers say bike lanes are "a good thing" because they are "greener and healthier." Those who didn't like them said they took room away from cars and "cause traffic."

Men like them more than women,  Democrats and Independents more than Republicans, and Manhattan residents and people 35-49 like them the most.

In Brooklyn, where a lane along Prospect Park West has been the subject of controversy, residents like them 54 to 40 percent. Republicans and Queens residents (by a small margin) were the only groups that disfavored bike lanes, and union households, are almost evenly divided, with 49 for and 45 against.

Pollsters asked some 1,115 registered voters, from March 8-14, a series of questions about New York City life.  The margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

The poll should come as balm for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose bike lanes have been subjected to noisy cannon fire, and to city DOT transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who's received some critical ink lately.

Follow Transportation Nation on Twitter.

Here's the relevant question: 

Also check the PDF link above, a bit easier to read.

21. As you may know, there has been an expansion of bicycle lanes in New York City.  Which comes closer to your point of view:

A) This is a good thing because it's greener and healthier for people to ride
their bicycle, or B) This is a bad thing because it leaves less room for cars which increases traffic.

Rep    Dem    Ind   Wht    Blk    Hisp   Union HsHld

A) Good thing       54    35     59    56    54    54    59       49
B) Bad thing          39    59     35    39    40    39    36      45
DK/NA                     6      5       6      5       7      7       5         6

HvKidsPubSch                Brnx     Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom

A) Good thing       56       57    54    64       45     50    56      53
B) Bad thing          34        36   40    30      48     46     39     40
DK/NA                     9      6      6      7         7        4      5      8

AGE IN YEARS............
18-34  35-49  50-64  65+

A) Good thing        60%    62%    48%    48%
B) Bad thing            38     34     44     42
DK/NA                      2      4      8     10


News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [1]

Cycling News & Bike Videos |

Poll: By 54 to 39 Percent, New Yorkers Say Bike Lanes “A Good Thing”...

A new Quinnipiac poll out today says, by a 54 to 39 percent margin, New Yorkers say bike lanes are “a good thing” because they are “greener and healthier.”...

Mar. 19 2011 11:11 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.