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New Bike Map-2012

The D.O.T. has just released it’s new 2012 bike map just in time for May (bike month) I picked up one today for free at Court Cycles (514 Court St.) in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. Over 350,000 detailed maps are available for the right price (free) at most of your local bike shops in the five borough area. There is also a current pdf made available at the D.O.T. website, and if you have a smart phone you can download it and carry the map with you like a poor man’s app.

For years these maps have been an excellent resource for getting around with clear indications of bike lanes, bike shops, rental outfits, as well as subway stops and other mass transit.

This map is so easy to use even a three year old will enjoy it. Right Max?

The legend is really key here highlighting:
-Historic Districts
-Public Pools
-Skate Parks
-Boat Launches
-Bike Shops, including with designated shading, which rent bikes and where there are rental only facilities.

It looks as if they’ve managed to include all the new bike shops, which is no easy task since new ones keep popping up monthly.

Shops like:

Pedal Universe (2450 7th Ave.) Harlem-Manhatan
Echelon Cycles (51 8th Ave.) West Village-Manhattan
Landmark Bicycles -2nd Store-(376 Bedford Ave.) Williamsburg-Brooklyn
Dog Day Cyclery (115 Van Brunt St.) Red Hook-Brookyln
Silk Road Cycles (76 Franklin St.) Greenpoint-Brooklyn

and

Red Lantern Bicycles (345 Myrtle Ave.) Fort Greene-Brookyn, who recently had a nice write up in the New York Times:

Section: Neighborhood Joint | Fort Greene
For Cyclists Seeking Repairs, and Beer
Photo caption: Red Lantern Bicycles, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is the only cycling shop in the state with a liquor license. Here, a mechanic who goes by the name Chombo relaxes after a day of fixing bicycles. More Photos from the Times. Photo by:
Michael Appleton for The New York Times.

Article by: Gersh Kuntzman
Published: April 19, 2012

RED LANTERN BICYCLES in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is a serious cycling shop: The air smells of chain grease; Sunlite tires, Planet Bike fenders and unbuilt Bianchis crowd the repair floor; and there is an antique penny-farthing in the window.

At Red Lantern, customers can enjoy coffee and $3 beers while waiting for their bicycles to be fixed.
But other sights, sounds and smells dominate this Myrtle Avenue storefront: the single-estate Finca la Folie coffee beans roasting on site, writers pounding on their laptops and off-duty messengers tipping back bottles of beer, thanks to that rarest of bike-shop wall hangings: a State Liquor Authority license.

Read more: here.

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