Good news for those of you living in NYC, a story from Transportation Alternatives:
|Copenhagen-Style Bike Lane Coming to 9th Ave
|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!
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).
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.
Te gustan las bicis? Lees Español? Si la respuesta es SI, visita www.ciclistafanatico.com
CiclistaFanatico.com is basically our content in Spanish. We’ve brought on a Spanish Speaking Editor to run the site whom by the way is Randy’s wife, Soraya.
So if you speak Español, or would like to brush up on your skills, check it out! Soraya will be adding more and more content as time goes by.
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.