Peabody 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.
Poll: New Yorkers Support Bike Share, 72 to 23
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 12:23 PM
In a city where you can have four people and five opinions, three in four support the city's proposed bike share program, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
Pollsters asked "New York City is starting a program to rent bicycles. This will add 10,000 bicycles to New York City streets and create park lots for bicycles. Do you support or oppose this program allowing people to rent bicycles in New York City?"
Among young people, the number supporting bike share rises to 87 percent, as close to unanimity as you'll ever see in a poll. Bike share is the least popular in Staten Island, but even there, bike share is supported 52 to 42 percent.
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 12-16, and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.