This Is How We Ride – NYTimes.com.
Published: May 26, 2012
THIS summer the city’s Department of Transportation inaugurates a new bike-share program. People who live and work in New York will be able to travel quickly and cheaply between many neighborhoods. This is major. It will make New Yorkers rethink their city and rewrite the mental maps we use to decide what is convenient, what is possible. Parks, restaurants and friends who once seemed beyond plausible commuting distance on public transportation will seem a lot closer. The possibilities aren’t limitless, but the change will be pretty impressive.
Read the full story here: The New York Times
Reducing Traffic Fatalities for Cyclists and Pedestrians – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.
Room for Debate:
Making Cities Safer for Cyclists and Pedestrians
An article in The Atlantic Cities this month lamented the lax enforcement of traffic laws in New York City, even in cases in which a pedestrian or cyclist is killed. The author calls for a crackdown on traffic violations large and small, emulating the “broken windows” approach to suppressing crime in the 1990s.
Would this be effective? Are there other ways to make cities safer for pedestrians and cyclists?
Read the discussion here: The New York Times – Room for Debate
The US could learn some lessons from Europe on biking | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
The US could learn some lessons from Europe on biking
Yale Environment 360: To create a thriving bike culture in America’s cities, people must begin to view bicycling as Europeans do — not just as a way of exercising, but as a serious form of urban mass transportation
By Elisabeth Rosenthal for Yale Environment 360
guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 July 2011 16.16 BST
This spring, curiosity propelled me onto a New York City subway bound for Prospect Park West in Brooklyn, where a new bike path along the edge of Brooklyn’s largest park had angry residents worked up into a lather.
For those not familiar with the territory, Park Slope is one of New York City’s most prosperous and progressive neighborhoods, home to the famed Park Slope Food Cooperative and liberal U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. And yet… the creation of a simple green bike path — the kind that edges dozens of streets in Barcelona or Paris or Copenhagen — at the expense of one lane of car traffic and a few parking spaces evinced the kind of venom normally reserved here for The Tea Party.
I expected to find a diversity of opinion about the bike path, which was created last year by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I did not. Almost everyone
I interviewed began with the following introduction: “Don’t get me wrong I love bikes, I ride all the time…” and then segued into a barrage of objections: The path was a hazard for old people and mothers with baby strollers crossing to enter the park. Riders pedaled too fast. They should just ride inside the park. The loss of a lane made parking worse and traffic slower. It made it harder to stop to drop kids at school. It was unsightly.
Read the full story here: The Guardian
Number of Female Cyclists Lags in New York, With Safety as a Concern – NYTimes.com.
Women, Uneasy, Still Lag as Cyclists in New York City
Published: July 3, 2011
When Julie Hirschfeld opened a bicycle boutique for women, she envisioned fashion-obsessed customers with a disdain for spandex flooding in to buy bikes and accessories they would model along New York City’s paved catwalks: miles and miles of new bicycle paths. She lined her shop downtown with vintage-inspired bikes, many with Brooks saddle seats; partnered with Kate Spade to sell a $1,100 bicycle the color of freshly cut grass; and sold helmets that would pass more for fashionable
One year later, Ms. Hirschfeld has conceded that it takes more than fashion to get women on bikes.
Read the full story here: New York Times
On Two Wheels, With Water as a Companion
By JANE MARGOLIES
Published: May 5, 2011
WHEN I told my local bicycle mechanic that I was thinking about circling the city by following the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, he shrugged off my reservations about the unfinished route, which I’d heard was still dicey in parts.
“It’s Manhattan,” he said. “It’s an island. What are you going to do, get lost?”
Read the full article here: Cycling the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway – NYTimes.com.
“Struggling to control the controversy over one of its signature transportation policies, the Bloomberg administration is embarking on an unusual kind of political campaign: convincing New Yorkers that bicycle lanes are good for them.”
Read more in the New York Times.
In this post, John Cassidy explains – and, in a way, retracts – some of his former statements about bicycle lanes in New York:
“As I was saying about the bike lobby…
I am tempted to let the fury of the reaction to my mildly heretical piece speak for itself, but, before I get burned at the stake, a few specific points.
It seems to have escaped notice that I said I support the introduction of bike lanes, but not so many of them. Herewith: ‘So, by all means, let us have some bike lanes on heavily used and clearly defined routes to and from the city—and on popular biking routes within the city and the boroughs.’
quoted from: The New Yorker
In his column, “Rational Irrationality”, John Cassidy rants against bike lanes in New York:
“At the risk of incurring the wrath of the bicycle lobby, a constituency that pursues its agenda with about as much modesty and humor as the Jacobins pursued theirs, and which has found its heroine in transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, I say hats off to Iris Weinshall, the former transportation commissioner (and wife of Senator Chuck Schumer), who, together with some like-minded citizens, has filed a lawsuit challenging a bike lane on Prospect Park West.
quoted from: The New Yorker
read more here: Slate Magazine
From the New York Times:
“Well-connected New Yorkers have taken the unusual step of suing the city to remove a controversial bicycle lane in a wealthy neighborhood of Brooklyn, the most potent sign yet of opposition to the Bloomberg administration’s marquee campaign to remake the city’s streets.”
Read more here.