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Bicycles in the Big Apple

Bicyclist Gary Eckstein, 45, travels between home and work over the Brooklyn Bridge. More New York commuters are opting for just two wheels. And while there is a certain safety in numbers, they must navigate anarchic traffic conditions. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
A man carries his bike as he approaches the Brooklyn Bridge for his commute home. The number of cyclists in New York City has grown by 75% during the last seven years, and many are middle-aged. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Gary Eckstein and his wife, Amy Cohen, take their children, Sammy, 7, and Tamar, 9, to school in Brooklyn before embarking on their 35-minute bicycle commute into Lower Manhattan. “It’s a beautiful way to start the day,” Cohen says. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
A morning commuter traverses the wooden planks of the Brooklyn Bridge. Many New Yorkers find that -- besides being good exercise -- bicycling to and from work has economical and ecological advantages. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)