In 1997, New York City had virtually no bike infrastructure. There were a few lanes scattered through the middle of Manhattan and maybe one or two running through Brooklyn and Queens. According to Sean Quinn, Senior Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs for the Department of Transportation (DOT), 20 years of progress have produced vast increases in bike routes covering a large part of the boroughs. New York has definitely made tons of progress in their bike programs, though it was reassuring to hear from Quinn that they’re far from finished with their goals. There’s still plenty of gaps in the 2017’s map, especially in places that need it the most, where cars are not an affordable option, but streets aren’t inviting enough for bikers.