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2014 New York City Bike Map is now available for bikers

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The New York City Department of Transportation has released its annual New York City Bike Map, the department announced on Monday.

The New York City Bike Map is a free bike map that the city produces annually to show the network of current and future bicycle lanes, routes and greenways. The maps are distributed to the public, advocacy groups, bike shops, schools, libraries, governmental agencies and elected and appointed officials.

The DOT and the Department of City Planning created the map to support friendly streets and parks, inform bicyclists of their rights and responsibilities while cycling on roadways and in parks and acknowledge bicycles as an appropriate form of transportation. The maps were created after fieldwork that entailed analyzing traffic conditions and getting feedback from the community.

In 1997, the Bronx and Staten Island editions of the map were the first to be released. By 1998, the city produced maps for all five boroughs. The individual maps were then brought together into one single map.

Since 1997, more than 3,000,000 maps have been printed and distributed. When the first bike maps were released in 1997, only 25,000 maps were distributed — that number rose to more than 375,000 maps in 2013.

In 2009, the DOT released a strategic plan outlining its goal of doubling bicycle commuting between 2007 and 2012 and tripling it by 2017, reaching its goal in 2011. Since 1980, the department has been conducting bicycle counts on roadways crossing 50th Street in Manhattan, the Hudson River Greenways, the Staten Island Ferry and the Queensboro, Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

Click here to download the New York City Bike Map. Individuals can also order a free copy by calling 311.