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Some changes coming to Nick James’ city

New York City’s bronze medal from the Washington-based bike group represents an endorsement for the city’s efforts under Mayor Michael Bloomberg to promote cycling for a cleaner environment and a healthier populace.

“The way we think about transportation and how we use our limited street space is changing,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner.

The city is installing 400 to 500 bike racks a year and plans to have more than 400 miles of bike lanes and paths by 2009. There will then be 1 mile of bike lane for every 10 miles of road; the ratio is now 1 to 15. In San Francisco, it’s 1 to 7.

In Brooklyn’s hipster-heavy Williamsburg section, the city reduced the space for car parking in favor of bike parking — a first — when it widened the sidewalk to fit nine new bike racks over the summer.

“It’s better because people used to chain their bikes to trees and house gates,” said Pedro Pulido, an architect who parked his bike at one of the new racks last week.

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Back from Interbike

We are back from Interbike and we finally have most of the sites up. We learned a few things about both events — never trust your host provider and beer flows after 4:00pm at Interbike. What was the biggest trend? Commuter/Utilitarian Bikes! Most manufacturers will offer bicycles with fenders, racks, lights and power-assist electric motors. Check out the pictures:

KHS Urban X

The KHS Urban X; the bike gets a new paint scheme and a new Shimano “Special teeth profile shifting”

Giant Storm
Giant City Storm, bike features integrated lights, speedo, rack, frame lock and fenders.

There were also plenty of Folding bike offerings:

Here’s a full carbon folding bike:

Kona surprised me with their new Kona Smoke, a 29er Commuter Bike!

Even Haro is throwing their entry in the hat:

For those who like Mountain biking, the ‘Niner revolution is still going strong — all major manufacturers offer a 29er bike in their lineups. Check out www.mtnbikeriders.com for Interbike mountain bike coverage.

We’ll keep posting more Interbike stuff as we go through our collection of over 600 pictures which you can check out by clicking on the flickr sidebars.