Jan Gehl is a Danish architect and urban design consultant based in Copenhagen whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist. (from wikipedia.org)
He recently gave a lecture recorded for the Economist conference series about how to make cities more livable. His main point was in hard economic times “we should look after the basic demands for the urban habitat of homosapians.” Jan Gehls examines how previous improvements during bad times of other cities, greatly helped increase productivity and guess what, this includes bicycle infrastructure to vastly improve that quality of life.
You mean like this?
Jan says: “If your sweet to people on the surface…that may be a perfect recipe for being sweet to your economy.” Sweet. Somehow I don’t think this involves giving people $270.00 tickets for blowing lights during auto-free hours in Central Park, call me strange.
According to a study by the Alliance for Biking and Walking, NYC is the only city in America where none of their buses are equipped for carrying bicycles. Even Las Vegas has them. This would definitely make a huge difference in more remote locations like Staten Island.
Here is a video by streetfilms.org exploring the study and building the case for NYC to get with the program. (I’ve been saying this for years.)
Handmade clothing company Outlier, maker of fine threads for biking is having a sale:
It’s deep winter here in NYC, but we try to stay ahead of the curve at Outlier HQ. That means it’s time for some spring cleaning, aka the Outlier As Is Sale. Over the past year we’ve accumulated a small collection of random garments, samples, returns, mislabeled items and more. This weekend we’re clearing them out with an As Is Sale at our showroom in Brooklyn. Just to make it juicy we’re splicing in some golden tickets too, random garments out of our collection, priced at very special discounts.
The sale opens on Friday at 1pm. When we open up we’ll be guaranteeing there will be at least one item in every pant and shirt size, so there will be something for everyone. Everything will be $80 even, from the pants to the blazed cotton pivots, to…
Also, Kim would like you to know she’s biking 300 miles from London to Paris in the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Great Fashion Cycle charity ride. To help her reach her fundraising goal visit Smartypig.com
For the slightly more hardcore who don’t mind their bikes looking like this:
and have what it takes to race in the streets on bikes with no hand brakes.
Come’s NYC most intense alleycat race…MONSTER TRACK 12.
March 12th, (details to come)
The NYC Street Memorial Project has scheduled the 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk for Sunday March 13, 2011
Together we will ride to the locations where cyclists have lost their lives on the streets after January 1, 2010.
We invite other locations to ride with us by scheduling their own memorial rides and events on that day.
Please contact us to let us know about your ride or to help out on ours.
Timing for this ride is approximate at this point. More details will follow early in 2011 at ghostbikes.org. Rain/snow date is Sunday March 20, 2011.
Here it comes. While the rest of us engage in the long process of getting a piece of bicycle infrastructure put onto place, politicians meet in private and then when they realize they don’t like something, the resort to law suits. The Brooklyn Paper reports on the latest developments in the battle for the Prospect Park West bike lane.
Here it comes â€” the inevitable Prospect Park West bike lane lawsuit!
BY NATALIE Oâ€™NEILL
The politically connected group that opposes the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane is poised to sue the city â€” at the risk of a marital rift between cycling advocate Sen. Charles Schumer and his lane-hating wife.
Meanwhile the press is continuing to show hate towards cyclists and continuing to tow the party line that some how bike lanes are the cause of traffic problems. Take CBS’s Marcia Kramer who has focused her lens on the Prospect Park Bike lane. (for the third time) Some how the bike lane is the cause of major congestion to the point where emergency vehicles are detained and forced to drive in the bike lane in order to save lives. Sure, I mean it must be all those bicycles blocking traffic and have nothing to do with double parked cars who don’t move when they hear sirens blaring.
Check out the story here on Streetsblog. Oh yeah, you’ll have to sit through a car commercial first before seeing the CBS story.
I mean it’s fair and balanced journalism right? I mean why would Marcia Kramer have any allegiance to any public official who’d be out to do in the bike lane in?
CBS’s Kramer shown here all buddy buddy with Senator Charles Schumer who just happens to live on Prospect Park West and is trying to get the bike lane removed.
Which you can read about in the NY POST. Not in Chuck’s back yard!
February 6, 2011
by David Seifman
Sen. Chuck Schumer may be an avid cyclist, but he’s no fan of the bike lane the city installed along his Prospect Park West street last summer.
Sources said Schumer — who has yet to take a public position on the 19-block bike corridor — shared his feelings privately with some members of the City Council.
“He’s asked legislators what they’re going to do about [this and other] bike lanes,” said one source.
A Schumer spokesman declined comment.
The state’s senior US senator is in a tough position.
He’s a longtime cyclist himself and doesn’t want to come off as the heavy in a battle with green-friendly constituents.
Gothamist’s John Del Signore makes some interesting points about the CBS coverage and this video scapegoating the cyclists.
A couple of things about the video used in this segment. First, because it only shows one camera angle, we have no idea what’s causing this traffic jam. Is there an accident up ahead that the ambulance was trying to get to? Is Marty Markowitz in the middle of the road doing the Truffle Shuffle to the tune of Take This Lane and Shove It? Correlation does not imply causation, and assuming that this traffic is caused by that bike lane is just thatâ€”an assumption. Later in the segment, reporter Marcia Kramer is repeatedly shown alongside a jam-free PPW, so what does that tell you? Secondly, a study has shown that not only is speeding is down on PPW, but there is no discernible difference between pre-bike lane and post-bike lane travel times on PPW.
Instead of moving us forward to the promised land of cycling progress, this hate is having a negative effect including hindering plans for more bike lanes in Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Paper reports a community board has dropped the discussion.
Mean Streets Bike lanes â€” the third rail of New York City politics
By Gary Buiso
The Brooklyn Paper
City officials scrubbed a scheduled meeting set for this week on a new pair of bike lanes in Park Slope â€” which some see as evidence that a backlash against cycle paths is having an impact.
Community Board 6â€™s Transportation Committee said last week that its Feb. 17 meeting would include a discussion of new bike lanes on 14th and 15th streets between Third Avenue and Prospect Park West, near the controversial Prospect Park West lane.
Meanwhile a study was released in Montreal which found separated bike lanes reduce risk to cyclists.
Read more in this article:
Cyclists shouldnâ€™t â€˜share the road,â€™ they should have their own
by Elly Blue
14 Feb 2011 10:14 AM
It’s long been the most controversial issue in bicycling:
Should people on bikes ride in traffic with cars, using the same infrastructure and following the same procedures (a style of riding known as “Vehicular Cycling”)?
Should we ride on the sidewalks and off-road paths, with pedestrians?
Or should we have our own place to ride that’s designed specifically for bicycling?
Like Goldilocks, we’ve tried all these options. Riding with faster, heavier cars is hard on us. Riding with slower, roaming pedestrians is hard on them. Only when we have our own place in traffic are things anywhere near just right.