Wanted: NYC Bicycle Commuters

The staff at Bikecommuters.com was recently contacted by Matthew Ides, graduate student and researcher at Hunter College. He is conducting a survey that looks at the “imageability of the Daily Bicycle Commuter in New York City” :

In a city that is dominated by the automobile I want
to find out how its residents who use other modes of
transportation actually view the built environment.
While all forms of transit modes could be studied, I
find that this small minority (0.5% of residents who
commute by bike) would make for an interesting study.
The sole purpose is to record the subjective
perspective (mental image/imageability) New York City
bicycle commuters have of the build environment, good
or bad, through a survey. The survey is 23 questions
and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. No
compensation will be provided for participation in
this study.

If you are a commuter in New York City and would like to participate in this survey, point your browser to the Hub and Spokes survey site, located HERE.

NYC bike lanes
photo courtesy of Bike Snob NYC

For more information about the study, please visit the Hub and Spokes Blog or you can contact Matthew directly at (917) 627-4445/mides@hunter.cuny.edu .

Thanks for participating, and good luck to Matthew – I hope we’ve been able to help with your project!


  1. Josh March 10, 2008 3:17 pm 

    Matthew calls NYC a city dominated by the automobile, but it’s worth noting that it has a lower percentage of car ownership and higher per capita mass transit usage than any other large city in the U.S. of A.

    Not that it’s a bicycle heaven – I lived and rode there for many years and can confirm that it is not – but now that I live in Hartford, Conn., I understand what a car-dominated town is really like.

  2. Kate March 24, 2008 7:12 pm 

    It would be great to have less congestion on the streets in Manhattan, however one aspect which I have not seen discussed is the fact that the program will install several thousand TV cameras which are designed as both face recognition cameras as well as license plate recognition capabilities. The result will be that every aspect of every New Yorkers life will be observable and trackable. All elements of privacy will be eliminated. Though the program is supposed to work from 6AM to 6PM, there is little doubt that the location of people and cars will be tracked 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

    Before Congestion Pricing is passed, privacy issues MUST be discussed and strong protections must be put in place. Perhaps a special provision to the law should include a law stating that all files are to be destroyed and the data expunged after a set period of time, such as 24 hours.

    Let’s make a better City, but without the total loss of privacy.

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