The Eight-Day Week
Burn off the weekend carbs by cycling to help raise money to fight multiple sclerosis at Flywheel on the Upper West Side. The stylish sweatfest is a partnership between MS Hope for a Cure, the New York City/Southern New York Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Flywheel. Each ride is 45 minutes long, so Read More
While the extensive Citi Bike user agreement has a lot of small print, detailing important things like overdue charges and optimal weather conditions, it fails to mention insurance. That’s because the Citi Bike program doesn’t offer any, not even as an option.
Without insurance, Citi Bikers are responsible for all damages incurred while using the Read More
Pedal to the Metal
Phew! No more fumbling with bike chains or cradling a helmet awkwardly under one arm all night long. Fixi enthusiasts attending the Barclays Center last night finally had the option of ditching their bicycles in style with a trial run of a valet parking service.
The service was offered by Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for Read More
Last week the city’s Department of Transportation (in partnership with the fed’s Department of Transportation) unveiled new LOOK! crosswalk decals and bus banners to remind pedestrians and drivers to pay attention to each other while making their way across the busy cityscape.
Now the department, along with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, has unveiled new stickers that will adorn the doors and windows of the city’s 13,000 cabs. They implore occupants to “LOOK! for cyclists.” These are accompanied by a new 30-second spot in everybody’s favorite ad-viewing venue, Taxi T.V.
Street Fighters Too
Remember the graffiti from a few years ago, the stripe down the sidewalk dividing it between New Yorkers and tourists? If ever there was a place for such a demarcation, it would be the Brooklyn Bridge, where wayward out-of-towners and death-courting cyclists do battle on a daily basis.
“We are issuing a call to expand the human capacity of the bridge,” Councilman Brad Lander of Park Slope declared at the Manhattan entrance to the 129-year-old span yesterday. An average of 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day, according to the Department of Transportation. A good many of them have close encounters of the two-wheeled kind.
Along with a few colleagues in the council, Mr. Lander wants the city to consider expanding the narrow boardwalk atop the beige bridge to accommodate more passengers.
Bike parts being stolen in Brooklyn can mean only one thing: It’s officially summer. (It doesn’t matter how hot it is outside, if you can keep your bike safe for over three days in Bushwick, it’s still Spring.) Now go down to the police precinct and file that police report that won’t do you any good.
Yesterday, Natalie O’Neill of The Brooklyn Paper wrote a blog post about the rash of bicycle wheels stolen in Park Slope over the past week. Five of those bikes were left with a note attached, which was photocopied a phone number and a message: “Who ever owns the bike and 2 stolen wheels, I caught the guy + have the two stolen bike wheels.”
Ms. O’Neill floated the theory that the person who left the note was part of an elaborate bike wheel-heisting crew, who were looking to ransom the cycle parts back to their owners.
Except that the man who answered the number listed on the sheet says that he only left one note.
Most New Yorkers with $14 million would likely opt for a pricey slice of real estate on the Upper East Side, maybe with a little left over for dinner for a thousand friends at Per Se. But in Brooklyn, they choose instead to spend that money on their bikes.
With $14 million in funding, secured by Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and the Regional Plan Association, the borough will finally see the completion of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile foot and bike path running from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge. Some segments of the greenway already exist on some streets and riverside parks, but these funds will help stitch the entire thing together.
When people tend to complain about bikes, it is in terms of law-breaking dare devils. Whether or not this is accurate, at the very least, the pedestrians who so often feel threatened by these two-wheeled madcaps need not look over their shoulders fearing for their lives.
Well, that might still be a good idea, especially with an 18-wheeler barreling down behind the bike, but the odds that a cyclist might actually kill, or even maim you are incredibly slim, according to new city data.
THE BIKESHARE COMETH!
When the blue Citibank Citi Bikes—thank you again impossibly selfless, unfailingly generous corporate overlords!—start rolling out of their stations, there is one neighborhood that will not be sharing.
South Williamsburg is noticeably lacking in any of the city’s new bike-share stations, The Wall Street Journal noticed. And this time the Hasidic community didn’t even have to battle against naked hipsters to get their way!
There were so many communities clamoring to host the cruisers, ugly Citibank logos be damned, that the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community simply stayed mum and let the sought-after stations go where they were wanted, the city transportation commissioner explains. And that wasn’t South Williamsburg.
No matter how tall the pole is, without a sign or post on top, some ingenious bike thief will come along and do something like this to your poor ride.