Big Start for Bike Month

News of another success for the Dangerous Intersections group comes to us this week by way of Peter Frishauf. Frishauf shared a message he received from DOT Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione about the intersection of 103rd St. and Riverside Drive in Manhattan, where a "no standing anytime" zone will be implemented south of the bus stop at West 104th St. This change will improve the visibility of oncoming traffic, making racy Riverside safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross.
"’If you see something, say something’ isn’t just a good thing to do if
you see a suspicious package," writes Frishauf, "with this kind of responsiveness from DOT, it can also help us eliminate dangerous intersections."

3505633005_8d484ca544.jpgPA Bike Summit. Photo: Philly Bike Coalition/Flickr

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, PA Bikes and Walks organized a hugely successful PA Bike Summit on May 5 in Harrisburg. Nearly 100 bicyclists from across the state rode together to the capitol to rally and speak to their state legislators about supporting “safe passing legislation" and Safe Routes to Schools.

While state Representative David Kessler and Senator Michael O’Pake spoke to Bike Summit participants in Pennsylvania, Idle-Free NYC advocates were simultaneously rallying on the steps of NYC’s City Hall in recognition of World Asthma Day. Asthma-Free School Zone founder Rebecca Kalin announced through that org’s new Livable Streets group that they’ll be holding another anti-idling rally on Monday, May 11 at PS 111 in Manhattan. Join them to get involved in the anti-idling effort.

And in Brooklyn, the Transportation Alternatives volunteer committee has been doing some great bike outreach in Prospect Park and collecting data on the intersection of Smith and 9th Streets.

Finally, don’t forget our Livable Streets Profile Photo Contest: you still have until next Wednesday, May 13, to join or update your photo for a chance to win the bike gift basket.

  • spike

    Does anyone know why the south side bike path of the GWB has been closed so much lately? They don’t seem to be working on the bridge. Is this just terror-scare bullshit? Does anyone know who we can complain to? The north side of the bridge bike path is just plan dangerous with all those sets of stairs.

  • bike month is a great idea, but given the 50 miles/year buildup of new routes throughout the city, sights need to be set higher. there needs to be the idea of a Bike Year. a bicycle “month” implies that we are celebrating the current role of bicycles in the city’s transit mix. this isn’t really that appropriate given the push by NYCDOT for transformational change in terms of how the city reacts to bikes.

    This is true pie-in-the-sky. But imagine a year where the Mayor and many of his staff ride bicycles to work, where there are periodic openings/events, and where bicycle access/routes/logistics/parking is put at the forefront of every city-sponsored event.

    We need to think bigger on this.

  • Spike: according to TA’s newsletter, contruction on GWB means that the “Bridge’s south sidewalk may be closed on weekdays and open on weekends through July 17th, 2009. The north sidewalk will be open when the south sidewalk is closed.” See http://www.transalt.org/files/newsroom/streetbeat/2009/May/0507.html or check out Livable Streets NYC Bridge Wiki: http://www.livablestreets.com/projects/nyc-bridge-wiki/george-washington-bridge

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