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Now THIS is What I Call a Bike Lane!

Good news for those of you living in NYC, a story from Transportation Alternatives:

Copenhagen-Style Bike Lane Coming to 9th Ave
Protected bike lane street design
With better bike lanes on the way, groups need to ask for more and expect the best from the DOT.
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On Manhattan’s Ninth Avenue from 23rd Street to 16th Street, the New York City Department of Transportation will soon build the city’s first Copenhagen-style bike lane.

The new “cycle-track” will be placed between a lane of parked cars and the sidewalk, affording cyclists of all ages and abilities a safe and comfortable ride, if only for a few blocks. T.A. looks forward to the expanded application of this type of traffic-protected bike lanes, a necessary step if cycling is to be a safe and attractive option for the majority of New Yorkers who are not comfortable riding in traffic.

The DOT also announced that an 8.1 mile network of new bike lanes will be installed throughout North Brooklyn connecting Greenpoint/Williamsburg with Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Bedford Stuyvesant, Prospect Park and the rest of the Brooklyn bike network. And if that wasn’t enough, the bike lane on Fifth Avenue from 23rd Street to Washington Square Park will be upgraded to a buffered bike lane similar to the one that runs along Lafayette from Spring Street to 14th Street.

As the DOT raises the bar for its bike lane design and implementation, cyclists, community groups and advocates need to raise their expectations. In the coming months, T.A. will be urging the DOT to expand the application of traffic-protected lanes, and to adopt a “complete streets” policy that gives designated space to cyclists on all city streets. To make sure you see new bike lanes and better infrastructure in your neighborhood, contact your community board and the DOT.

This is obviously good news for those who will get to use this bike lane. But it is also good news for cyclists everywhere. This is the first step towards developing similar bike lanes in cities across the U.S. Every trend requires a trend setter, and I for one am optimistic that traffic-protected bike lanes can be a reality for so many more people. If not, I would move to Copenhagen before I move to NYC!

New “Club” on Bikejournal.com

We’ve created a new “club” for the users of Bikejournal.com. If you use Bikejournal.com to log your commute or training miles, you can now join our fancy new “www.bikecommuters.com” club (found in the club directory on the bikejournal.com site).

www.bikecommuters.com

We’ve got two members right now, with a pool of 1260 miles ridden for 2007 — come join us and push that pool higher!

If you are not familiar with Bikejournal.com, it is a free site for riders to use to keep track of miles, weather conditions, ride types and routes and a myriad of other useful measurements…the site is amazing! Come check it out — registration takes only a couple minutes.

Bikes and Beer Go Hand in Hand

Some of the best combos in the world have been Ketchup and Hotdogs, Chilli and Cheese, Cream and Coffe. Now, our very own Lance Lowry has combined his two favorite passions to help educate the rest of us, bikes and beer.

Every Tuesday MtnBikeRiders.com has something that Lance calls “Brews Day.” This is a day where he talks about the beer of the week. He goes into the history, what its made out of and how it tastes. It’s actually pretty cool. So feel free to check out this week’s brew and come back again for next week’s Brews Day.

the tour is coming

The Tour de Fat is coming to Phoenix – well Tempe to be exact, but if you live here then you know what that is all about. The Tour de Fat is an all-day bike and beer festival put on by the wonderful folks at New Belgium Brewery, the brewer of Fat Tire beer. The festival will take place at Tempe Beach Park this Saturday, Oct. 13, with a massive bike parade (bring your costumes) kicking off at 11 am. Afterwards, the music starts playing and the beer starts flowing.

If you need information or directions, be sure to check out the Tempe Bicycle Action Group’s website – they are the great folks who coordinate and host this event for the city of Tempe.

So if you live in the Phoenix metro area, or someplace close by, grab your bike and come on out. They will be presenting one lucky person with a custom Surly commuter bike – and to think, all this individual had to do to win was swear to not drive for an entire year! I will be there all day – so let me know if you want me to keep an eye out for ya.

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