I just read this article in Crain’s about Worksman Cycles in Ozone Park Queens:
Queens bike maker seeks big leg up
Longtime supplier in race for citywide contract; will deep local roots help?
January 30, 2011 5:59 AM
By Hilary Potkewitz
Ever since the city’s Department of Transportation started asking for proposals for a citywide bike-share program in November, a small bike factory in Queens has been trying to get noticed.
â€œIt’s a grassroots effort at this point, but we’re trying to create as much awareness as we can with local businesses, the Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s Office,â€ says Wayne Sosin, president of Worksman Cycles. In fact, the company has been quietly wheeling out heavy-duty bicycles and tricycles in Ozone Park since the 1890s.
â€œNo other city has the opportunity to source their bicycles from their own local bike manufacturer,â€ Mr. Sosin adds, noting that Worksman bikes are already used in several smaller U.S. cities’ bike-share programs. â€œIf that didn’t happen in New York, it would be tragic.â€
Read more here.
This reminded me of recent developments with a new potential fleet of taxi cabs for NYC. Non of the potential bids the city was looking at were vehicles made in America.
Seems like a real shame if the city puts 50,000 new bikes on our streets for a potential bike sharing program and non of them are made by one of the oldest manufactures of bicycles, made locally in Ozone Park Queens.