Hit the road on the Five Boro Bike Tour
Citi Bikes are like any other bicycle: There's no special technology on them that might prevent riders from kissing pavement from time to time. Which is why bike rental service Bike and Roll NYC's new helmet share system seems so overdue. Smart and safe, a rarer combination than you might think.
The bike lane extended, big time
It's typical for people in Orthodox Jewish communities to dress conservatively; you'll often see women in long-sleeved tops and full skirts or men in pants and high-collared shirts strolling through southern Brooklyn. What's unusual is the lengths some will go to make sure their neighbors follow t ... More >>
Yesterday, the Voice brought you news that Comptroller John Liu vehemently slammed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration and the Department of Transportation, claiming that City Hall had not done enough to promote safety with New York's forthcoming bike share program. "Recent studies have found ... More >>
It's time to dust off that bike
How fast can you shop at four grocery stores?
For 37 years, Columbia University historian Ken Jackson has taught a session of his class, "The History of the City of New York," in an unforgettable fashion -- namely, on an all-night bike ride, which comes with the special added benefit of ensuring that none of the students fall asleep while being ... More >>
viaAccording to a new study from two Hunter College professors, approximately 1,000 pedestrians are hit by cyclists and sustain injuries severe enough for hospitalization yearly in New York state. About half of those -- 500 -- are in New York City. In reporting these stats, CBS mentions the c ... More >>
In the ongoing debate over bike lanes -- and who's either blocking them to cyclists or not using them properly as cyclists -- comes this video of a NYPD patrol car driving slowly and apparently leisurely along the Williamsburg Bridge bike path, which is ostensibly only for people who are either ridi ... More >>
Hooray for Hopstop, the go-to spot for finding out how to get to wherever you want to go in the New York City area, and elsewhere, too. Just the other day we were calculating how to get to a wedding in Brooklyn (thank you, God, for weddings in Brooklyn) and all of a sudden, after which trains ... More >>
Despite some very bitter and ugly public battles, a majority of New Yorkers approve of bike lanes, according to a poll released this week. The Quinnipiac University poll found that 56 percent of city voters say bike lanes "are good because it's greener and healthier for people to ride." The b ... More >>
Photo by Alex GoldmarkA blogger for Transportation Nation witnessed two cyclists being pulled over and ticketed in Manhattan for biking not on the sidewalk, but on the street -- just not in the available bike lane. According to the Department of Transportation, "you have the right to ride in ... More >>
The first two weeks of the year saw the New York Police Department crack down on wild bike riders, delivering "an all-time high" amount of tickets for offenses like "going the wrong way, running lights, making illegal turns and riding on the sidewalk," according to a report in today's New Yor ... More >>
Brooklyn Downtown StarListen, Prospect Park. The generous, benevolent Department of Transportation has bestowed upon you a big, green bike lane to keep you safe from all of those scary, lycra-clad cyclists. Big Brother (i.e., the city) says it keeps your babies safe and your Subarus dent-free, so ... More >>
Discord is brewing in the streets of New York. Or so the New York Times would have you believe, with its piece today on the latest urban conflict that plagues the people of our fair city: bike lanes. Last week, cyclists on Staten Island were mourning the loss of a local bike lane, which they ... More >>
Cyclists on Staten Island are getting worked up over a decision by the city Department of Transportation to strip away the bike lanes along Capodanno Boulevard in favor of a bus lane and a parking and turning lane. City officials, including a city councilman, the transportation commissioner, ... More >>
The Village Voice: Not blocking the bike lane.Oh, bike lanes. They are complex. It's so hard to know, for instance, where they stop and start, and how to actually use them. New Yorkers are accustomed to things being difficult, and maybe these new bike lanes are just so easy that our giant bra ... More >>
We've often wondered whether you could get a DUI for biking under the influence -- or a BUI, as it were -- in New York City. Thankfully, J. David Goodman at the New York Times City Room blog tackles this very question. And the final word is: biking under the influence is not explicitly illega ... More >>
The new bike lanes on First and Second Avenue that run from Houston to 34th Street are positioned between the sidewalk and a line of parked cars to protect bikers -- which means delivery trucks can no longer double park right next to businesses, causing new frustrations to downtown business o ... More >>
Recent reports stating that bike ridership has reached 200,000-plus daily cyclists in New York City (more than any other U.S. city) have now come under fire. Cycling advocates are protesting that biking is not nearly as popular as all that -- yet.
The intensely devoted single-speed and fixed-gear bike culture of Williamsburg has long been a source of fascination for people unbearably attracted to fashionably scruffy, trim, roguish-looking people, as well as the rest of the people who ride bikes in New York, and of course, exploitative ... More >>
In 2007 NYPD, fed up with the big, rowdy Critical Mass bike events, made up a new parade regulation requiring all bicycle gatherings of 50 or more to get a permit. (Critical Mass usually involves hundreds of bikes.) The Five Borough Bike Club filed suit, claiming the arbitrary reg violated cy ... More >>
Everyone, even if they don't care about bike lanes, seems to be looking forward to the naked bike ride scheduled for Saturday. The spectacle is meant to draw attention to the bikers' plight in Williamsburg, where the city scrubbed the Bedford Avenue bike lake, leading to a guerrilla hipste ... More >>
In 2005 Transportation Alternatives' Noah Budnick hit a pothole on Sands Street in DUMBO and cracked up badly. So he and the rest of TransAlt are especially happy to see the Sands Street bike path completed, affording bikers coming on and off the Manhattan Bridge, or just tooling around the n ... More >>
A You Tube vid of a young Lower East Side cyclist -- some have theorized he's a bike messenger -- delivering a brutal beatdown to a pedestrian outside the public restrooms on Allen and Delancey made the rounds on web sites and blogs last week: The vid shows the two travelers coming into conflic ... More >>
People complain about bike lanes elsewhere in the city, too, but Staten Island seems to have more trouble with them than most. The Staten Island Advance tells us that new bike lanes are planned for the borough even as "half of the paint forming the Bay Street [bike] route has worn away" because of t ... More >>
The drive by responsible cycling advocates to get us all to stop at stop lights, wear helmets, and generally bike like Urkel has reached the propaganda phase. Transportation Alternatives has launched a Biking Rules Public Service Announcement and Photo Competition. Make and submit videos and photos ... More >>
With all the pale green bike lanes going in across town, you might think we have a bicycle-friendly mayor. Nothing could be further from the truth. The bike lanes are really his method of hectoring motorists by eliminating car-traffic lanes--as are the pedestrian malls at Times Square and Heral ... More >>
Where's your helmet, buddy? They're after us cyclists again! The recent crackdown on biker traffic violations in Brooklyn was just the thin end of the wedge: now Hunter College has released a study of midtown Manhattan bicyclist behavior, showing -- brace yourself -- that bikers are lax about fol ... More >>
The self-explanatory "Study Finds Cyclists Disobey Traffic Laws" story in yesterday's Times drew a predictably snide reaction from Queens Crap, which has endorsed forced licensing of cyclists: "You're supposed to stop at a red light even if you're in a bike lane, pal." Streetsblog, however, says t ... More >>
Before you pig out, feed the brain
There was another moving street event in New York yesterday: Time's Up's annual Day of the Dead observance, which memorializes local bikers who have passes to the unseen section of "the infinite bike lane." About 25 bikers, many costumed in the manner of traditional Dia de las Muertas celebrants, p ... More >>
Montreal. Now that's a city that knows how to do a bike lane Bridge-bike sabotage may be on the rise, but city planners are taking concrete steps to protect non-car traffic in a flurry of projects that reduce car-space on roads for the sake of pedestrians and bikes—throughout the city, plans ... More >>
The Red Hook Bicycle Master Plan Design Competition from Brian Lehrer Live on Vimeo. It’s widely acknowledged that Red Hook is one of the worst neighborhoods for public transportation. But could it be the best neighborhood for biking? The Forum for Urban Design would like to think so. Inspired ... More >>
The Staples Center: Somebody is sabotaging bikers on the Manhattan Bridge by scattering staples and other sharp objects. Lately bikers along the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges have been receiving a shiny welcome: staples. Bike shops neighboring the bridges began to notice a spike in bikers comin ... More >>
Beer Biking = A natural buzz Photo: Greg Mango Dead Fuckin’ Last. DFL for short. It’s generally not the best way to finish a bike race or any other competition. But most races don’t begin at one bar and end at another. Most races aren’t called Chumpionships. “We’ve got one plan, on ... More >>
Given all the venom—not to mention all the tax dollars expended by the NYPD to suppress Critical Mass bike rides, it was something of a surprise to open the glossy new Bike Month NYC calendar and find a listing for this month's cycle showdown in Union Square. The calendar was funded by the Depa ... More >>
The Ditty Bops bike tour finally ends, 4,500 jittery and often moonlit miles later
Call them the bike-lane liberation front. On Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, about 30 cyclists donned rubber noses and clown gear and set off from Washington Square Park in search of vehicles parked in bike lanes. "Nothing can shame a driver into moving out of the bike lane more than a pack of ... More >>
New York City's Transit strike may have inconvenienced millions of bus, subway and car commuters. But from a biker's perspective, it made the city a dream. (Click for a halcyon slideshow.) There were no hooting horns and buses plowing you into the sidewalk. No cabs and delivery vehicles jamming ... More >>
At least the strike makes New York skinny
Sympathetic European cycling activists jump into critical mess to say, 'Free NYC cyclists'
Ditch the Subway. Keep the Cab Fare. Miss the Bus. Try a Two-Wheeled Commute for a Change.
A Bike Week Calendar
In a 24-Hour mountain bike race, life begins at 4 a.m.