This Week in Livable Streets Events

The main event for the week has to be the Bicycle Film Festival, which starts Wednesday. But there’s plenty more happening on the Streetsblog Calendar. Here’s a sampling.

  • Monday: Five Borough Bicycle Club June Meeting: Nassau County Prosecutor’s DWI Crackdown. In light of the interest in holding drivers accountable for their
    actions, tonight’s 5BBC general meeting will
    feature remarks by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice,
    who received national media attention for a major
    prosecution and education initiative to combat drunk driving. 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Book Launch & Celebration: Genius of Common Sense. This is the first book to introduce young people to activist and author Jane Jacobs. In words and pictures, "Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the Story of The Death and Life of Great American Cities" follows Jacobs from her Scranton childhood through her ground-breaking work and battles to save New York neighborhoods. Municipal Art Society. 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Bicycle Film Festival Kick-Off: Bikes Rock. Originating in New York City, the Bicycle Film Festival is the
    earliest voice of one of the most powerful and culturally relevant movements
    of the past decade, the urban bike movement. The BFF has played a
    formative role in urban youth culture, and brings many communities
    together around a shared passion for bicycling. The festival kicks
    off with Bikes Rock, a free concert featuring performances by national
    and local talent that has resonance within the bicycle movement. South Street Seaport. 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: Holland on the Hudson?: What the Dutch Can Teach New York City About Streets and Transportation. This presentation by Transportation Alternatives’ Executive Director Paul Steely White coincides with the 400th anniversary of Captain Henry
    Hudson’s historic sail from Amsterdam on a Dutch East India Company
    ship, the Halve Maen (Half Moon). New York Metropolitan Transportation Council. 1:15 p.m.
  • Friday: New York State First Lady Michelle Paterson Rides Hudson Greenway. Streetsblog readers are invited to join New York State First Lady Michelle Paterson
    as she bikes from Battery Park City to Harlem via the Hudson River
    Greenway. The ride will highlight the 400th anniversary of the Dutch
    discovery of the Hudson River, and will begin with a very brief talk
    from a local historian who will speak about the anniversary and the Dutch influence on NYC, including how Harlem got its
    name. 3 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

  • I guess it’s too much to ask Mrs. Paterson to climb the Greenway’s hill from the tennis courts under the GWB up to the West 181st St access point. Maybe she can still be sensitized to the danger that the southbound road traffic’s headlights pose to Greenway riders.

  • I’d be overjoyed if both Mrs. Paterson and Adrian Benepe rode up the Greenway from Battery Park to Dyckman Street after sunset so they could experience firsthand the joys of (1) being blinded on the Cherry Walk by southbound traffic, (2) riding in pitch darkness next to the Amtrak rails near 160th Street, (3) encountering the hazards of the path at the Grecian Temple near 181st Street where an invisible parking lot with steep drop-offs can lead the first-time path user straight to the ER, as it did in my case.

    It’s funny how the conditions of the Greenway become much more hazardous north of 96th Street, paralleling other urban inequities that start at that very same boundary.

  • Why not the Governor himself? Newsday says he used to commute by bike from his house in Hempstead to Hofstra University when he was a student there.

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