Check out this new column from Grist.org about the economics of the bicycle:
From the site:
Bikenomics A Grist Special Series
Bicycle transportation is good for a lot of thingsâ€”itâ€™s healthy, itâ€™s green, itâ€™s quiet, itâ€™s fun, it builds community. It also makes financial sense, and the magnitude of bicyclingâ€™s economic impact gets far less attention than it deserves. In the Bikenomics series, Elly Blue explores the scope of that impact, from personal finance to local economies to the big picture of the national budget. In the grassroots and on a policy level, the bicycle is emerging as an effective engine of economic recovery.
Sunday was the “We ride the lanes,” family friendly bike rally to support the Prospect Park Bike Lane. I stopped by with the family and friends and found myself trying to explain to a man with a foreign accent, “Why would anyone be against a bike lane?”
Here is an article from Grist.org with further explanation:
Hundreds ride to support Brooklyn bike lane.
by Sarah Goodyear “Well, if supporters of the Prospect Park West bike lane in Brooklyn are a bunch of terrorists (as some bike-lane opponents might have it), they are very effectively disguised as cute little kids and their parents. Streetfilms has the evidence.
Yesterday, hundreds of bike lane supporters showed up to ride the controversial lane, which has become the target of a lawsuit filed by neighbors seeking to have it removed. (Full disclosure: some of the material filed as part of the suit consists of nasty comments from Streetsblog, a website where I used to work.) The lane’s opponents say it is a safety hazard.”
On Sunday, an estimated 750 cyclists rode the Prospect Park West bike lane in Park Slope as part of a rally in support of the lane that has prompted a lawsuit against the DOT. (The unabashedly anti-cyclist NY Post craftily reports that “more than 200 cyclists” took part, but organizers say they handed out all 400 “We Ride the Lanes” t-shirts at least 20 minutes before the ride was even scheduled to begin.) Here’s an ultra feel-good video from the ride, courtesy Streetfilms; you may recognize the stock music from every instructional video you’ve been forced to watch in your life.
Read more at here.
Got this message from Juliana who is a messenger for breakaway courier. She is throwing an alleycat in NYC to help aid with the disaster relief in Japan.
Come out and celebrate the hanami like a track star! Never raced before? Pop it with us at Chari & co, and let the vets show you how it’s done.
Race for a good cause, and come help the New York Bike Messenger Foundation show some solidarity with our friends in Japan. Wacky challenges and a course that incorporates Japanese cultural landmarks in our own fair city.
Bring a lock, a bag, and an extra dollar. ;o)
$10, suggested mnimum, to race
check points, challenges, and PRIZES!!
After party at the Double Down Saloon, 14 Ave A @ Houston
Donations and sponsored matches welcome.
For more more information: email@example.com
Donations are already being accepted online at NYBMF.org, just click “donate”
A Dutch TV reporter contacted me and I thought I’d pass it along.
My name is Ilja Willems, I’m a reporter for Dutch tv. I am producing an item about Biking in NYC and I am searching for a Dutch person who is actively involved with the whole pro-bike campaign in NYC.
Would you have any suggestions?
Thank you very much in advance.
TV Director & Producer
Brooklyn, New York
Tel: (+1) 917 855 5791
Families and friends of the new Prospect Park West will be gathering at Grand Army Plaza at 10:30 a.m and getting some cool free t-shirts. Starting at 11 a.m. we’ll be riding (and walking) the entire length of the bike path to the Bartel-Pritchard entrance of Prospect Park at 15th Street.
At the end of the ride there will be free hot dogs from Bark, cupcakes from Blue Sky Bakery and more from our bike shop sponsors, Bicycle Habitat and Ride Brooklyn.
Volunteers from Transportation Alternatives will be stationed along the route to keep the ride safe and hopefully free of skinned knees.
It should be a lovely day, a great ride or walk for everyone and an important opportunity to celebrate safe, family-friendly streets for Brooklyn.
Please forward this email on to anyone and everyone who might be interested in joining the ride.
I think the biggest fool’s day event was the very successful run of the @bronxzooscobra on twitter. Oh well, now that the 20″ Egyptian cobra is safely back in her tank and not gallivanting all over the city, somehow will have to find a way to get on with our lives.