Here’s an article on NYC’s upcoming bike sharing program and how you can get involved.
New York City bike sharing: coming this summer
By: Channtal Fleischfresser
Published: January 30, 2012
This summer, New York City will launch a bike sharing program featuring 10,000 new public bicycles at 600 bike sharing stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The idea is that each bike station would be no more than 1,000 feet away from the next one, so New Yorkers between 79th Street and northwest Brooklyn would not have to walk far to find the closest station.
The good news is that individual neighborhoods can decide where bike stations will go, and they are looking to residents for guidance. Over the next two months, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold community planning workshops in the relevant neighborhoods, and residents are encouraged to attend to help determine where to place the bike stations.
The first of these meetings is scheduled for this Tuesday, January 31, to determine the placement of stations in Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and Clinton. See the New York City Bike Share timeline to see when your neighborhood’s meeting will be held.
The DOT is also asking for input on its website: residents can suggest locations for bike share stations and indicate why they’d be good spots for sharing stations.
Red Bull Hill Chasers will see 16 elite and 16 amateur cyclists from BMX, mountain bike, road cycling and fixed-gear compete in a series of gruelling head-to-head knockout rounds on the unforgiving incline. Riders will be paired randomly giving amateur riders the chance to compete against the elite. Look out for some big name competitors!
ABC News story on proposals for the Kingsbridge Armory including a new Velodrome.
City reopens proposals for Kingsbridge Armory site
Friday, January 27, 2012
NEW YORK (WABC) — Military use of the Bronx Kingsbridge Armory ended in 1996, and since then, it has sat vacant.
A plan to convert it to a retail mall was rejected a few years ago, but now, the city has re-opened the proposals.
The armory was built in 1910 with an interior so large, you could fire a cannon at one end and not hit the other end. It’s that kind of size that is both a positive and a negative when it comes to finding a company or an organization to take it over.
Nona Varnado of The Bird Wheel organized a whole program of events geared (get it) for the ladies during May’s Bike Month.
This year she’s at it again and looking for submissions:
OPEN CALL: Ladies Biking Events For Bike Month NYC
The Ladies Program:
A Diverse Series Of Events Aimed At Promoting Cycling, Community, Education & Good Times.
Are You A Local NYC Based Organizer-Type Who Wants To Put On A Bicycling Themed Event?
Last years events included movies night, introduction workshops, maintenance and manicures, garden parties, fashion events, comedy & burlesque and rides. This year we’re aiming to make it more diverse and involve more organizations. Shops, clubs, groups and individuals are all encouraged to respond with ideas or availability. Not the organizer type? Volunteers are needed to help make things awesome. It’s basically the most fun you can have in May.
Submit ideas, availability or any help you can lend.
Here is a great Op-Ed piece from the Drum Major Institutes, Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein about the recent case with killed cyclist Mathieu Lefevre. The author looks at why this tragic fatality was not treated in the same fairness as another accident involving a woman in midtown elevator and how to move forward in treating traffic deaths more seriously.
End the Culture of Accepting Traffic Deaths
by: Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein
In December, a horrific elevator accident killed a young executive named Suzanne Hart in Midtown Manhattan. The city’s response was swift and firm: the Department of Buildings quickly inspected all 650 elevators owned or maintained by the company involved, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office also launched a criminal investigation into the botched maintenance work.It was a horrible incident necessary of a thorough investigation.
Two months earlier, another horrible incident resulted in the death of a young New Yorker. However, the difference between the city’s responses to both incidents is stark and shocking.
In October, Mathieu Lefevre was struck and killed by a truck while commuting home on his bicycle in an industrial part of East Williamsburg. The truck driver left the scene.
The NYPD tracked down the driver that struck Lefevre a few days later, the truck having been found parked a few blocks away. The driver claimed he never felt the collision and was unaware that the incident took place.
No charges were filed against the driver and the NYPD brought the investigation to a close, falsely concluding with the notion that Lefevre had run a red light.
It wasn’t until after being threatened with a lawsuit by the victim’s family that the NYPD released the file of the investigation. This is when certain facts of the incident became known: investigating officers were unable to take pictures of the incident because of a faulty camera (no camera phones, I suppose); and video footage from a private security camera captured the incident, showing that the truck driver struck Leferve while making a right hand turn without signaling. This video proved that Lefevre did not run a red light and makes it difficult to believe that the driver was unaware that the collision took place.
But one especially eerie detail stands out: the NYPD had taken pictures of the victim’s family while attending a rally in support of better enforcement of traffic laws. It was in the file.
Why was the city’s response to these two tragedies so different? There is a general culture that simply accepts traffic deaths as a way of life; this is a culture of acceptance. Traffic deaths are, after all, common. One New Yorker dies roughly every 35 hours in a traffic incident.
Velojoy welcomes new contributor Susan Lindell, director of retail operations and chief “wrench” for Recycle-A-Bicycle in Brooklyn. Susan’s monthly posts will help keep you in the know about the basics of bike maintenance and mechanics.
(photo by: Velojoy)
Find out some great tips for cleaning a bike, especially with grime filled winter on its way.
And they say it couldn’t be done. A pedal powered talk show. From Urban Velo: “The first episode of the newly coined Pedal Powered Talk Show is live, featuring Daniel Baldwin of all people. The entire studio setup is built into a cargo bike, and everything is pedal powered allowing on-site production no matter how remote the location. Links to episodes 2 and 3 and besides the scenes photos are available at www.pedaltalkshow.com”