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Big Start for Bike Month

5:11 PM EDT on May 8, 2009

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.

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