Here is another article about proposed changes to the Prospect Park traffic loop.
New York Daily News: Bike, walk or run in Prospect Park? Big changes coming down the road.
Cars to be reduced to one lane
By: Simone Weichselbaum
Published: February 27, 2012
(photo caption: Pack of fast bike riders in Prospect Park where big changes to Park Drive are in the works. Photo by: Debbie Egan-Chin)
A revamp of how people bike, run, and drive around Brooklyn’s famed patch of green is set to reduce cars to one lane; give bikers and walkers more space; and have cops ticketing rule breakers.
The Prospect Park Road Sharing Task force – a mix of city officials cyclists, runners and dog walkers – is slated to present the proposals Tuesday night after an uptick in accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians.
“We want to make these changes to increase pedestrian safety,” said Prospect Park administrator Emily Lloyd. “There’s too much friction on (Park Drive) which has gotten busier in the last few years.”
In the task force’s proposal obtained by the Daily News, drivers – who currently are only allowed in the park during rush hour using two lanes – would be crammed into one ten-foot wide slice of Park Drive, a 3.35 mile loop.
Looks like things are returning to normal on the Manhattan bridge, starting March 5th. Bikers will return to the North side path and pedestrians will take the South (or at least that’s what the signs say-people tend to ignore those.)
Here is more from Gothamist’s John Signore:
On Monday, March 5th, balance will be returned to the Force when cyclists are once again allowed to use the extremely bike-friendly Manhattan entrance to the bridge on Forsyth Plaza, as well as the equally pleasant bike ramp on Sands Street in Brooklyn. Pedestrians, meanwhile, will be instructed to return to the south side walkway, but if history is any guide many of them will just ignore that.
Tonight there will be a meeting in Prospect Park Brooklyn of the Road Sharing task force, to present their recommendations about radically changing the 3.3 mile loop in Prospect Park.
Here is more about it from J. David Goodman of the New York Times.
Proposal Would Separate Drivers, Cyclists and Walkers on the Prospect Park Loop
A set of proposed changes to the Prospect Park loop in Brooklyn would radically change its current design, reducing the space for cars to a single lane and creating two separate, dedicated lanes: one for pedestrians and one for bicycles.
The changes, to be unveiled on Tuesday, came in response to a series of collisions between pedestrians and cyclists, and amid growing rancor over how to balance the interests of the 10 million people who crowd into Prospect Park each year. The debate intensified last fall after a pair of severe accidents left two women with brain injuries.
“We decided that the only workable solution was for each group to have a lane and only one lane, throughout the day,” said Emily Lloyd, the Prospect Park administrator and the leader of the task force of city agencies and park users that developed the proposal. She said the goal of the Prospect Park Road Sharing Task Force had been to increase safety by making the drive, which is 3.3 miles long, more predictable and easier for pedestrians to cross. “There was consensus — I would say enthusiastic consensus,” Ms. Lloyd said.
On Tuesday, February 28 at 6pm, the Road Sharing Taskforce will present the recommendations it made to Parks and DOT on how Park users can safely utilize the Park Drives. If you use the Park in any way, you are welcome to attend the meeting.
Taskforce Members include:
• Department of Parks and Recreation (Prospect Park Administration)
• Department of Transportation (DOT)
• Fellowship For The Interests of Dogs & Their Owners (FIDO)
• Jack Rabbit Sports
• Kissena Cycling Club
• New York Police Department (78th Precinct)
• Office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
• Office of NYC Council Member Brad Lander (39th District)
• Park Enforcement Patrol
• Prospect Park Alliance Playground Committee
• Prospect Park Community Committee
• Prospect Park Senior Residence
• Prospect Park Track Club
• Transportation Alternatives
Public Meeting: Sharing the Park Drives
Tuesday, February 28, 6pm
Picnic House in Prospect Park
For more information, contact Prospect Park at 718-965-8951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Bull Hill Chasers 2012 – Bristol, England
by: Charge Bikes
the skinny: from the vimeo page-A straight knockout format with two riders racing against each other saw fixies, BMX-ers, mountain bikers and road racers battle it on Park Street, in front of a 6,000 strong crowd.
Riders were paired randomly giving aspiring riders the chance to compete head to head against the 16 invited elite. The enthusiasts were made up of the fastest 16 riders from a qualifier, open to anyone, held on the morning of the event.
2011 Red Hook Crit Highlight Video
the skinny: As part of a longer project from Jess Scott, Hyde Harper & Thomas LaGrega. This is highlights from last year’s Redhook Criterium. For a little bit more about this upcoming event, here is an article from Bicycling Magazine.
Fixed Gear Malawi
by: Josh Estey
the skinny: from: Josh Estey: Malawi is a Southern African nation with a warm heart, a friendly smile and teetering on the brink of an economic catastrophe. So hop on your velocipede and join Josh Estey as he meets the people of Malawi.
STAY TUNED: Upcoming fixed-gear videos from Zanzibar and Addis Ababa will be posted soon, so subscribe to this YouTube channel and get your travel fix.
It’s All About The Bike by Robert Penn
seen on: Urban Velo.
the skinny: Follow Robert Penn around the world as he assembles the perfect bike. More from Urban Velo.
World Class Polo
by: Mr. Do
seen on: Urban Velo.
the skinny: From Urban Velo: Mr. Do makes some of the finest polo videos out there and this one is no exception, compiled from footage from the 2011 World Championships in Seattle this past September.
Christian Rigal MARKIT Edit
by: Will Stroud
seen on: Bikejerksmpls, video Monday.
the skinny: Christian Rigal is always thinking outside of the box. With the help of some ledges, Will Stroud’s filming, and a lot of man power to lift those heavy things around, an idea he always had got to come to life in this months edit. Christian set the ledges up all over San Diego turning some-what ordinary spots, into ridiculous setups. Christian’s taking the 4 peg game to a whole new level and he doesn’t disappoint here.
EAST COAST TRIP
by: the Set
seen on: thesetbmx.com
the skinny: 12 days of summer with Brad Simms, Kym Grosser an injured Corey Bohan, Levi Jackonia, Calvin Kosovich, Chris ODonell, Callan Stibbards, Troy Charlesworth, TM Marc Urlich & photographer Brandon Means getting loose in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Letting the good times roll! Here’s some of what went down when it wasn’t raining or flooding.
Filmed and edited by Troy Charlesworth. additional filming by Calvin Kosovich Michael Vockenson and Jerry Vandervaulk.
Stacy Glaser gets RED
by: Stacy Glaser, Painthouse Customs
seen on: pinkbike.com
the skinny: From the film maker, Most people know me as a custom painter, but long before I ever picked up an airbrush I was riding bikes. When the North Shore trails had no snow by mid-December, I took the opportunity to get some footage of one of my favorite trails in prime conditions. I had previously discussed doing some filming with my friend Scot Proudfoot and when I called him up he said he had access to one of the brand new, elusive, RED ‘EPIC’ cameras. The pressure was now on me to get the trail as well as my bike ready to shoot and would lead to a complete overhaul of both.
My bike needed work, so I completely disassembled it, cleaned everything, and started rebuilding. I had just received my new Hayes Prime Pro disc brakes and was curious to see how they stood up against my previous 4 piston brakes. The brakes needed to be good, so I didn’t spear off the trail- and into a camera worth as much as a Mercedes.
Worldwide Cycling Atlas: Maya Pedal
seen on: Milanofixed.com
the skinny: n 1997, in San Andrés Itzapa in Guatemala, Maya Pedal Association began recycling scraps of bicycles into Bicimáquinas.
Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered blenders, washing machines and threshing machines, eliminating the need for fuel and electricity. Pumps are also possible, and are capable of extracting 30 liters of water per minute from 30-meter deep wells (electronic pumps reach just to 12 meters).
The idea of these ingenious contraptions emerged from the desire to help the farming families of the San Andrés community. The issue that gave rise to Maya Pedal was the expense and shortage of electricity and fuel in the village.
Carlos and Cesar, creators of Maya Pedal, have achieved an extraordinary result: a worthy project that does not pollute and is extremely fascinating in its involvement of volunteers from around the world who are building a fantastic pedal revolution.
Matteo de Mayda – Photos and Videos
Pablo Pastor – Video Editing
Jhon William Castaño Montoya – Music
King Kog Promo
seen on: trackosaurusrex.com
the skinny: a promo of NYC’s premiere fixed gear boutique, KingKog.
453 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Mon — Fri: 12 — 7 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 12 — 6 p.m.
RACING THE END-(Marathon Crash Race 2011)
by: Warren Kommers
seen on: trackosaurusrex.com
the skinny: On March 18th 2012, The Marathon Crash Race is back! Register at wolfpackhustle.com if you want to race and find out more about this event and future races. Registration is free foo and everyone is invited.
Join Wolfpack Hustle on facebook.
Look inside the London 2012 Velodrome with Sir Paul Smith
seen on: trackosaurusrex.com
the skinny: Find out how to get involved with the Games: www.london2012.com/joinin.
British fashion designer & cycling enthusiast Sir Paul Smith takes an intimate look inside the London 2012 Velodrome.
Ye Olde Bike Shoppe – Southsea Series Episode 4
by: Wide Aperture Media
seen on: trackosaurusrex.com
the skinny: Stuart Trett is the proprietor of Ye Olde Bike Shoppe and a true Southsea chap, we discover what it’s like to be ‘The Bike Man’.
Mutiny Bikes: El Paso
seen on: Johnprolly.com
the skinny: We headed out to west Texas to explore El Paso in January . Featuring Brandon, George, Justin, Grant and introducing Matt Houck.
Check out the article in Ride UK #161
SEA TOWN FIX UP (#1) – With Nelson and Alex
seen on: zlogblog.com
the skinny: Day edit with Nelson Bell and Alex Garrett. Filmed with an iPhone 4. Editing: Zach Hoffner. Music: Otis Redding – Slippin and Slidin.
the skinny: Work Sessions is our new series of videos where we will portrait interesting and passionate people about their work and what they love to do. The first interview we did is with Andy Ellis from Fixed Gear London.
Fixed Gear London are a group of riders who have a passion for the bikes they ride and the way they ride them.
Andy Ellis is one of the original founders of the Fixed Gear London collective and is also the editor of Fixed Magazine.
When Andy isn’t riding the streets of London, taking photographs or writing and editing Fixed magazine, you can find him designing and developing interesting new products. We have talked to him about how it all started, what he is doing and what his passion is. Check out the video. alkr.com and Fixedgearlondon.com
the skinny: In this video, you’ll hear from Brendon Harrington, Transportation Operations Manager at Google, about various innovative transportation solutions at Google, which strive to keep employees commuting as sustainably as possible. Learn more at www.google.com/green/operations.html
In NYC there are a lot of borough-borough connections for bikes, mainly due to all the bridge crossings with bike paths. However, when it comes to longer rides and day trips, besides the George Washington Bridge (via New Jersey) their is limited access outside of the five boroughs. This situation may change with a new proposal on an old bridge, the Tappan Zee.
NY gov: Tappan Zee Bridge being mulled as walkway
February 22nd, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. — The state is considering turning the Tappan Zee Bridge into a greenway instead of demolishing it when a new span is built to cross the Hudson River, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
A review is under way to see if the idea is feasible for the 3-mile bridge in the New York City suburbs. The Cuomo administration said it will cost $150 million to demolish the 57-year-old Tappan Zee, so officials are trying to “reimagine” it as a world-class recreation site.
She asked me to mention her next project and her kickstarter page.
Taking the Lane 6: Lines on the Map.
The previous issue of Taking the Lane (#5, Our Bodies, Our Bikes), was about bodies, health, and the physical aspects of bicycling. That issue was by far the most popular in the series. How to top that? A reader requested that we explore the psychological aspects of bicycling next, and so the forthcoming issue (#6, Lines on the Map), hones in on the mental and emotional aspects of riding a bike.
A $20.00 donation gets you all of the issues of this well written project.