New York City streets pre coronavirus were places
where bikes had to share the road with cars and cabs.
But because of present conditions, bikes have taken over Manhattan avenues
and demand for them has been increasing.
We got big planter we used to work in different shops
but we seen your faces people started riding more to you know commuting.
Yeah I see that more.People started taking out the bikes out of the basement, thats good.
So they can you know less traffic in the trains and less people closer, so they can have social distancing.
Bikes are an attractive means of transport for many reasons,
the cost, there was no problem with parking
and New York City has loads of bike repair shops those who still use the subway
see as encouraging them to respect social distancing rules.
Thats easy though because trains are mostly empty
due to the mandatory lockdowns and businesses shifting to teleworking.
Im a tiny little bit of relaxed, but Im still very careful.
Cuz I know that we cannot let the guard down, even though Im not wearing a mask right now.
I just walked. I dont take the subway anymore. So I just walk around my neighborhood.
I walked here today from 91st Street. Yeah were sure.
I havent been in the subway since March 15th no 13th. March 13th.
As for the recent bike race it didnt happen overnight.
It took people time to consider whether they even wanted to venture outside.
I feel like everyone was just kind of scared and staying indoors.
Like the end of April is when things really started to pick up,
people want to avoid public transportation.Its a lot safer to go on a bike.
And also its helped that the gyms are closed so this is the only way that people can get you know exercise.
And for frontline workers such as doctors and nurses,
its a less costly way for them to get to their jobs.
We have some nurses from out of states,
so theyve been using the bikes which is great.
And I will also providing them take discount.So it helps them, it helps us.
If this bike trance takes,
Manhattan may never fully go back to transportation the way it was pre coronavirus.
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