Bicycling

Streetfilms: Summer Streets 2008

Streetfilms: Summer Streets 2008

For your viewing pleasure! This is history in the making, folks. As Gil Peñalosa says in the film, Mayor Bloomberg and (especially!) Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan deserve credit for having the guts to try something new.

Summer Streets!!!!

Due to a MOST unfortunate prior commitment I was unable to attend the historic kickoff of NYC Summer Streets on Saturday… but I did manage to grab a photo (camera phone, sorry!) of the last few precious car-free moments. Union Square, car-free!

Summer Streets coming soon!

You may have already heard about NYC Summer Streets, the car-free celebration coming up in August. On the 16th we will be hosting a “feeder” ride from Flatbush to join the party, stay tuned for details! For now, enjoy this promo video courtesy of our friends at Streetfilms:

“Summer Streets” for NYC!

I’ve been watching the buildup all day on Streetsblog in anticipation of this exciting announcement: Emulating similar experiments in Paris, London, and Bogotá, Colombia, New York City will close off to traffic a 6.9-mile route from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 72nd Street on three consecutive Saturdays, giving New Yorkers to a chance to explore […]

I [Heart] the Slow Bicycle Movement

I [Heart] the Slow Bicycle Movement

Another brilliant campaign from the Copenhagen Bike Culture blog. In that Nordic mecca for stylish cyclists, a relaxed bike ride to work, school, shopping, or socializing is just everyday transportation (no Lycra allowed!). I’ve already mastered the “Slow” part, but full membership seems to require stiletto heels.

Tour de Brooklyn 2008!

Tour de Brooklyn 2008 starting line The Fourth Annual Tour de Brooklyn was, once again, a great success. I’ve ridden in all of them and because the route changes each year, the TdB offers a wonderful opportunity to see parts of Brooklyn that may not be on one’s daily itinerary. This year after starting underneath […]

Recycle Your CFLs at Brooklyn Green Drinks!

I’ve received a number of inquiries lately from folks wondering where to recycle CFL bulbs locally (the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and shouldn’t be thrown out with the trash). This Wednesday the answer is at Brooklyn Green Drinks, hosted by Center for the Urban Environment at their beautiful new home, a showplace […]

The Steeplechase – Bed-Stuy Bike Ride!

This is a community-organized, family-friendly, leisurely neighborhood bike ride, happening next Saturday morning. A great opportunity to see the architecture and sights in Bedford Stuyvesant, one of Brooklyn’s most beautiful and historic brownstone neighborhoods. Bed-Stuy Blog has the news: To celebrate Bike Month, Bedford-Stuyvesant will be having a bike ride called The Steeple Chase. The […]

Look What I Found in the NY Times!

Sustainable Transportation tidbits from this weekend: Gas prices knock bicycle sales, repairs into higher gear Four-dollar-a-gallon gas is good for business — if you run a bike shop. Commuters around the country are dusting off their old two-wheelers — or buying new ones — to cope with rising fuel prices, bicycle dealers say. Hey, if […]

Public Meeting to discuss Ocean/Parkside improvements

Our neighbors to the north at Hawthorne Street blog in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens (part of Flatbush? You decide…) have been discussing the horrifically dangerous entrance to Prospect Park at Ocean and Parkside Avenues for some months now, and have formed a local Livable Streets group called PLG Public Works to address this and other traffic-related issues. […]