Cyclists in New York are getting better at following the rules, at least according to a study done by Peter Tuckel and William Milczarski of Hunter College at the City University of New York. This is confusing because, per cyclists, they were already following the rules. How could they get better at it?
The real interesting part is that the increase in rule following coincides with more people riding bikes in New York. So what’s at play here? A few things. One is an increase in women cyclists in the city. When we discuss what causes people to take up cycling; it is usually involves how cyclists are often sad, lonely individuals who resort to cycling as a way to empower themselves, by keeping people with actual lives from getting to places of importance. This applies mostly to men. And it is why men make up the majority of cyclists. Women who ride bikes are much more likely to do so for a real reason, either to exercise or to get from A to B. This makes them much more likely to cycle in a safe matter (like kids who ride bikes).
And that brings us to the main reason this has happened, this influx of new cyclists, aren’t real cyclists. These are people trying to get home to their family, or to work. And with traffic what it is in NYC, have taken to using a bike. Nothing like your average cyclists in the US or UK who is only out to slow traffic to a crawl.
More cyclists isn’t a good thing, but it is good that these new wavers are following the rules. NYC is one of the rare US cities that is a walking city. Certain areas of other cities are, but New York is one of the few where you don’t need a car to get around, and one of the few where something like this makes sense. Unfortunately, in other cities we are still going to see the vast majority of cyclists be the kind we are used to, just out for a joy ride and trying to create as much havoc as possible on the roads.