For the 5th year in a row, a bicyclist beat a subway rider and a cab passenger across New York in Transportation Alternatives’ annual Great NYC Commuter Race. The bicyclist, a librarian from Brooklyn, covered the 4.2 mile commute from Sunnyside, Queens to Columbus Circle in just over 20 minutes. The subway rider rolled in 15 minutes later, followed by the cab another 12 minutes after that. The race took place yesterday and started at 7:00am during rush hour. The Commuter Race once again demonstrated why the bicycle is such a great way to get around in a dense, traffic-choked, urban environment.
New Yorkers have the longest commutes in the country (averaging over 45 minutes), but bicyclists in the city fare much better with commute times hovering at around 30 minutes.