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While being a New Yorker, there is no way denying the amount of the pollution the city produces. Thick gases from cars, buses, and factories form dark, translucent clouds following us like an unwanted imaginary friend.  However, even if the New Yorker’s eyes are blind to the pollution, we cannot be ignorant to the fact that pollution is a problem. One solution is encouraging bicycling in New York, a greener alternative form of transportation. But is cycling in New York really a good or bad thing?

If one looks at this issue from an environmental stand point, it seems quite clear that bicycling one’s way through the city is not only beneficial for mother Earth, but it is just as good for our bodies. Not only is riding a bike an easy form of exercise, builds up stamina for busy New York days, but it also saves cab and metro fares. So switching gears, opting to cycle to work instead of overcrowded trains, does have it perks.

But cycling in the city can at times, be dangerous for the rider.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has been on a quest to set up lots of bike lanes for New Yorkers. But although, riders have a more designated space to ride, some lanes like the ones located in Prospect Park West, can be considered dangerous for some. Cyclists often run over pedestrians. According to an article on the New York Post, accidents and injuries have increased after the path was positioned in Prospect Park.

Store owners throughout the city have also stated that it is harder for delivery trucks to park and unload shipments and there has been reports that the lanes cause major traffic congestion.

According to a poll taken in August 2012 by the New York Times, 66 percent of New Yorkers said bike lanes were a good idea. What do you think New Yorkers?

Check out this video about the bike lanes by Melissa Grace and Tina Moore, Daily News writers.

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