Bike Infrastructure And Commuting In Lower Manhattan | Downtown Alliance

Bike Infrastructure And Commuting In Lower Manhattan

August 2020
The Alliance for Downtown New York is pleased to release a report detailing the importance and growth of cycling, as an alternative transportation method in commuting to work in Lower Manhattan. 
 
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has forced us all to rethink many of our most basic routines — including how to get to and from our offices when the time comes to return to work. For both employers and employees, finding alternative ways to get to and from the office will be critically important in the coming months.
 
In Lower Manhattan, there are more than 2.3 miles of bike lanes and 28 Citi Bike stations that supplement our 15 ferry routes, 13 subway lines and two PATH lines — making Lower Manhattan among the most easily accessible business districts in America:  
 
  • Over 20% of Lower Manhattan's workforce already either walks or bikes to work.
  • Among those living in Lower Manhattan, over 30% walk or bike to work.
  • In 15 minutes or less bicycle, the district can easily be reached from most of Manhattan south of 23rd Street, as well as from key neighborhoods along waterfront Brooklyn.
  • The neighborhoods where the most people currently bike to Lower Manhattan are seeing their populations grow. These communities are home to more than 508,000 people, over half of whom are college-educated and over one-third work in creative and professional industries.