A recent NYT story highlighted a 35% increase in NYC commuter cycling from 2007 to 2008. The 140 miles of new bicycle routes was cited as a factor. The recent rise in gas prices almost certainly contributed. The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives has pointed out that statistics show safety in numbers; the more motorists see cyclists on the road, the more careful – and courteous – they become, and fewer accidents occur. More cycling also results in less automobile pollution, which is good for all of us. To see a map of NYC bicycle routes, see: NYC Bike Maps.