Imagine this scenario. A devastating hurricane rocks the Eastern seaboard causing major damage, flooding subway tunnels and knocking out power to thousands of NYC residents. You have to get to work and there are no trains. Buses are free, but have massive lines and delays. Take a car? Even more lines and hundreds of angry motorists line up for hours for gas. What to do?
Don’t worry you’re not alone.
Here is a video from the Streetfilms.org crew of Clarence Eckerson, Elizabeth Press, and Robin Urban Smith, who stationed themselves at the entrance to the Ed Koch bridge (59th St.) to document some alternative modes of transportation.
Need more convincing? How about this photo from Gothamist showing a huge lineup at Barclay’s Center where a bus station has been established to get people from Brooklyn to Manhattan for work and school.
More on this story here.
Ok, what about driving? Let’s say you can offer a ride share or carpool with others? Hope you have gas. Gas stations are running on short supply due to high demand. Don’t forget there are a lot of people who drive in from New Jersey and much of the state has no power…which means…No gas and they have a higher demand since a lot of people are relying on portable generators. 80% of New Jersey’s gas stations are closed according to CNBC’s Amanda Drury.
Brookylnspoke.com recently filled this report of his own building super trying to help out directing traffic on 4th Ave in Brooklyn and a massively cued up gas station.
Don’t forget, if you are lucky enough to have gas and can make it into Manhattan…there is NO POWER from 42nd street on down, which means no traffic lights and every intersection is a guessing game with stressed out, non-courteous drivers.
That’s why, I suggest…bike riding! Oh yeah, and Mayor Bloomberg announced “it’s the best way to get around the city.” Then he went and endorsed President Obama because he felt he was the better candidate for dealing with our planets changing climate…Gasp.
So come on New Yorkers, get on your bicycles.
Here is an article from the NY Times:
In post-storm New York, the bike is having a moment of sorts. With subways still not running under the East River or between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, traffic snarled in many places and lines for buses stretching for blocks, many people in Brooklyn took to bicycles on Thursday to get where they had to go.
“I’m extremely glad I have a bike right now — it’s one of the best assets you can have,” said James Emery, 22, who was riding on Thursday afternoon from Williamsburg to Red Hook to help a friend whose screen-printing business had been flooded.
Read more here.
New to biking in NYC? Here are some tips from sellingsustainablestreets.tumblr.com.
Looking to rent a bike from an individual? Why not use the new social networking bike rental Liquid which you may remember as Spinlister (they changed their name)
They are now offering coupons for a FREE bike rental (up to $25.00) for hurricane Sandy relief. Find out more here.
How about riding in a group which have become known as “bike trains.” Blogger Doug Gordon, of Brooklyn Spoke, will be leading a train tomorrow (11/2/12) meeting at Gorilla Coffee (97 Fifth Ave-Brooklyn) at 8:15am.
For more information on bike trains check out: bikeapolis.us
And for one more bonus story, here is a real life account of one cyclists journey into a blackened Manhattan, post Sandy.
Even McDonalds is Closed: One Biker’s Post-Sandy Journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan
Today is November 1, 2012, three (give or take) days since Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City. Duty called on the Upper East Side of Manhattan today, so I decided to bike from Crown Heights, over the Manhattan Bridge, and up the east side of Manhattan to Grand Central. And back. The following is a photo essay of the ride:
Read more: nycethography.tumblr.com