#bikesandy reports from Core77 and Alex Goldmark

Here are a few reports of #bikesandy experiences.

First up Core77 talks about how handy the bike sharing program would have been, plus in depth reports on Casey Neistat’s amazing bike footage and the status of a couple of Red Hook bicycle businesses.
Hurricane Sandy vs NYC Cyclists

Posted by Ray
November 7th, 2012
20121108-161807.jpg(photo via: Jonathan Maus/Bike Portland

Hurricane Sandy was unimaginable in almost every way, beyond the scope of half a weekend’s worth of preparedness, and New York City is still dusting itself off from the storm even as another system dusts the city with a fresh coat of miserable weather. As the major media duly noted during the days following the storm, the hurricane made an emphatic case for alternative transportation, but I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the fact that New York City was supposed to get a shiny new fleet of public bikes by this past summer, only to see the scheduled launch pushed back to fall and now March 2013. An August press release cites technical issues as the culprit (Streetsblog posted additional clarification from Mayor Bloomberg):

Read more, here.

Next up, WNYC’s Alex Goldmark of reports on the rise of biking in NYC due to Hurricane Sandy.

(LISTEN) Sandy Caused a Mini Bike Boom in NYC

20121108-163929.jpgBicycle Habitat in SoHo did brisk business during the aftermath of Sandy, even without electricity. (Photo by Alex Goldmark)

When Sandy’s storm surge flooded New York’s subway and split the city into its island parts, normal commutes were washed away. City-mandated restrictions prevented cars with fewer than three people from entering Manhattan to try to limit vehicle traffic. So New Yorkers took to new modes to get around. HopStop, the transit trip planning website, reported a 1,300 percent spike in searches for bus travel in NYC and an 800 percent jump in non-train searches compared to the previous week.

And then there were bikes.

On Thursday, the NYC DOT counted 30,000 cyclists riding across the East River bridges, more than double the normal 13,000. Though there’s no official count for within Manhattan while the power was still out downtown and subways were halted, this audio postcard of a ride around town shows how Sandy created a mini-bike boom — and a pop-up culture of cycling harmony.

Read more and find audio link: here.

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