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Family Bike Trails — National Geographic Traveler

Family Bike Trails — National Geographic Traveler.

The National Geographic has a piece about family bicycle trails in its July 2012 edition, featuring the following trails:

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New York to Albany by Bike at age 13! | customtripplanning

New York to Albany by Bike at age 13! | customtripplanning.

New York to Albany by Bike at age 13!

The summer Sam was 13 we found a summer trip opportunity  that ended up making a profound difference in his life.  He joined a group called Teen Treks on a bicycle trip from New York City up the Hudson River Valley to Albany.

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Reducing Traffic Fatalities for Cyclists and Pedestrians – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

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

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Killed While Cycling: Why So Few Fatal Bike Crashes Lead to Arrest in NYC | Transportation Nation

Killed While Cycling: Why So Few Fatal Bike Crashes Lead to Arrest in NYC | Transportation Nation.

We as a society have chosen to drive these  big cars. And we also as a society have chosen not to criminalize every single small mistake that just has a dramatic consequence because your driving a car. […] There are times where the factual situation that is presented to us doesn’t rise to a crime. And it’s important to realize that the reason it doesn’t rise to a crime is that society has made that decision that it doesn’t want it to be a crime.”

Joe McCormack, assistant District Attorney for the Bronx, whose job it is to prosecute traffic crimes

Read the complete story here: “Killed While Cycling: Why So Few Fatal Bike Crashes Lead to Arrest in NYC”

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Driver who hit, killed Marilyn Dershowitz, sister-in-law of Alan Dershowitz, may not be charged

Driver who hit, killed Marilyn Dershowitz, sister-in-law of Alan Dershowitz, may not be charged.

Driver who hit, killed Marilyn Dershowitz, sister-in-law of Alan Dershowitz, may not be charged

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Originally Published: Sunday, July 3rd 2011, 2:33 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 3rd 2011, 7:16 PM

The husband of a cyclist killed by a postal service truck said Sunday that the driver must have seen his wife before his vehicle struck her.

Marilyn Dershowitz, 68, sister-in-law of legal giant Alan Dershowitz, died Saturday after the truck driven by Ian Clement, 62, hit her on W. 29th St. near Ninth Ave.

Clement apparently didn’t even know he hit the biker and may not face charges, police sources said Sunday.

But Nathan Dershowitz, the victim’s mourning husband, who was biking just ahead of his wife, believes otherwise. “If they did the work and spoke to the people I spoke to, it is inconceivable from what they told me that he did not see her,” he said.

The Tudor City couple was pedaling to the West Side bike path about noon when the accident occurred. She was wearing a helmet while riding a silver mountain bike, investigators said.

“What I was told (at the scene) was that two vehicles, neither one was willing to yield to another, so they both went through too narrow of a space to get through,” said
Nathan Dershowitz, a criminal defense lawyer. “She was ahead of both vehicles. The driver just ran her over.”

Read the full story here: New York Daily News

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Number of Female Cyclists Lags in New York, With Safety as a Concern – NYTimes.com

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

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
hats.

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

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Cycling the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway – NYTimes.com

On Two Wheels, With Water as a Companion

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.

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In New York Schools, Adding Bikes to Gym Class – NYTimes.com

THEY say you never forget how to ride a bike.

Tell that to Delsa Jacqueline Lopez.

Delsa, a sixth grader, first learned to ride when she was about 4, but when she found herself facing “the dreaded bike” in gym class, she discovered the lessons had not stuck. And she was terrified.

Read the full article here: In New York Schools, Adding Bikes to Gym Class – NYTimes.com.

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Promoting Bicycle Lanes

“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.

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Bike Lanes II: The Condemned Motorist Speaks

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.’

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quoted from: The New Yorker

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