A report from the NY Times today showed that people who might not normally bike to work for little reasons–like having to deal with traffic. But because there are such long lines for bus service, and in some cases, because they love cycling but needed a little push, more people are riding to work.
Thomas Jarrels, 46, who biked home to Crown Heights from his job as a sous-chef at a Midtown law firm, said he was glad to have had an impetus to bike to work.
Susan Creighton, 26, a teacher who lives in Park Slope and is running in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, said she had decided to bike into Manhattan to pick up her number at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center after seeing the long lines for buses on the news.
She said she usually biked only recreationally and had been intimidated by riding on more congested routes. “This kind of showed me it’s not that bad,” she said, adding that on Friday she might bike to the school in Williamsburg where she teaches.
Many frequent bike commuters said that, with sparse traffic in downtown Manhattan, conditions for biking were ideal.