Despite friction and outright opposition to Bloomberg’s campaign for adding 255 miles of bike lanes to the city, a recent poll by the New York Times revealed a solid majority approval for the city’s bike lane network. While the poll questions did not specifically address Bloomberg’s additions or plans for expansion, it found that two-thirds of NYers didn’t own a bicycle (though half said someone in their household did). Further, 40% of the 1,026 NYers polled knew nothing of the city’s high-profile bike sharing program, which has been delayed til next spring–a year past its initially-planned opening date. Complaints from the 27% who said bike lanes are a bad idea centered on the reduced street safety when cars share the street with bikes, which the “dooring” plague seems to support (unless you think drivers should, I don’t know, look out their window before opening streetside doors. Aside from these tragedies, accident statistics have not increased despite a massive influx of bikes since 1996). One hopes the bike-sharing program could (eventually) change that, but just over half of those polled said they probably wouldn’t use the service. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr)