Though it’s arguably inferior to many European cities, New York does have a growing network of relatively safe bike lanes (thanks largely in part to Mayor Mike). “Ride the City”, currently in beta form, is a site launched earlier this month to help aid the process.
The blurb on the site explains: “The concept is pretty simple. Just like MapQuest, Google, Microsoft, and other mapping programs, Ride the City finds the shortest distance between two points. But there are two major differences. First, RTC excludes roads that aren’t meant for biking, like the BQE and the Queens Midtown tunnel. Second, RTC tries to locate routes that maximize the use of bike lanes and greenways.”