The trans­port

Element - - Better Cities -

Bi­cy­cles, shared car schemes, buses or the sub­way – New York­ers have a range of low-cost and car­bon-ef­fi­cient al­ter­na­tives to travers­ing their city. The sub­way hardly counts as a new project, but re­cent years have seen it cleaned up and made safer and more ef­fi­cient. Even Brook­lyn’s G-line, no­to­ri­ous just 15 years ago, is now a breeze. Com­pared to other large cities, it’s rel­a­tively cheap at US$ 2.25 a trip and bet­ter still, runs 24 hours a day.

Above ground, the city is re­mark­ably bi­cy­cle-friendly, with around 260km of ded­i­cated cy­cle lanes and many “green­ways”, or bi­cy­cle and walk­ing tracks through nar­row ur­ban parks con­nect­ing neigh­bour­hoods. Ev­ery year, the city coun­cil pub­lishes a de­tailed, up­dated map for all five bor­oughs. ny­cbikemaps.com

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