Looks like there’s a Facebook group dedicated to biking issues in Central Park.
The latest news on the current direction the NYPD and certain city officials are taking towards cyclists is rather endless. I’m striving to make bikeblognyc an archive so I’m compiling news articles into more of a news feed. Here are the latest developments. Not all of this “crackdown news” is negative to cycling…their are some victories in here.
–According to the Wall Street Journal, crime in central park rose 40% in 2010. Why are we focusing the NYPD efforts on ticketing cyclists?
Read more at myupperwest.com.
–The City Council unanimously voted to pass a package of traffic bills yesterday that finally requires the city to collect data on cyclist and pedestrian accidents.
Read more at Gothamist.
–Article from NY Magazine on how Senator Chuck Schumer and his wife, former DOT commish Iris Weinshall, are out to get the Prospect Park West bike lane.
Read more at Nymag.
–Colin Beaver, the man behind No Impact Man wrote an op-ed on the need for the Prospect Park West bike lane.
Read more at NY Daily News.
–Perhaps a compromise? The NY Post report: “Opponents of a controversial bike lane along Prospect Park West are offering a one-way compromise, suggesting the two-lane path be chopped in half.”
Read more: NY Post.
All are welcome for this intermediate-level ride (12-16 mph pace; if necessary will split into A and B groups.)
When Sunday, Feb 20th @ 8am
See you Sunday.
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.
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.
You can watch the presentation here.
Gotta give a big shout out and thank you to Knog lights, makers of those quick and easy lighting solutions for your ride. I bought a pair of their strobe lights, just in case I run into these guys…
The pair I bought were faulty so Knog hooked me up with a replacement set and a huge packet of stickers! Thanks mate! (Their based in Australia)
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.)
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…
Read more details here.
Outlier As Is Sale
Here are a few upcoming events in NYC, for your cycling pleasure.
Kim Burgas isn’t afraid of a little cold. She’s put on a group ride/ice skating event back in December. Now her gang is at it again with a gallery hop.
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:
March 13th, is the 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk:
The NYC Street Memorial Project has scheduled the 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk for Sunday March 13, 2011
RSVP to our Facebook event.
For more details visit: www.redhookcrit.com