This Week: Community Boards, Pedestrian Planning, Bike Films

If you’re into bikes-in-buildings and community boards — and really, who isn’t — there are two deadlines coming up for events to be held next Monday. A cycling PSA film fest, bike rack siting and a couple of pedestrian events round out the week.

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

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De Blasio Signs Right of Way and Bike Access Bills

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Following unanimous City Council votes earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio signed several bills yesterday with important implications for walking and biking in NYC. Public Advocate Letitia James’ Intro 997-A, now known as Local Law 115, amends the legal definition of pedestrians’ right of way so anyone who steps off the curb during the flashing “Don’t Walk” phase has […]

City Council Members Ride to City Hall to Celebrate Bike Month

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Seven City Council members rode their bikes to work yesterday in observance of Bike Month — up from five last year. They came in two groups, one starting from Union Square and the other from Brooklyn Borough Hall, before gathering on the steps of City Hall. Clarence Eckerson Jr. of Streetfilms was there to capture it. Council members on bikes […]

City Council Unanimously Passes Bill to Expand Pedestrians’ Right of Way

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The City Council voted to expand pedestrians’ right of way today, unanimously supporting Intro 997-A, Public Advocate Letitia James’ proposal to bolster legal protections for people in crosswalks. The legislation is expected to be enacted by the mayor, with DOT and NYPD having both endorsed it. Currently, pedestrians who cross the street when signals are flashing a red […]

Three Bills Enhancing Bike Access to Buildings Get Council Approval

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This afternoon the City Council voted in favor of a package of bills aimed to improve bike access to commercial and residential buildings. The bills augment the 2009 Bicycle Access to Buildings Law, which required office building owners and managers to create bicycle access plans when tenants request them. That law had a number of limitations. For one, it only required access to freight […]

The Bike Share Criticism Challenge

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Cross-posted from Brooklyn Spoke If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen a few of my rather straightforward tweets in which I repeat some of the main criticisms of bike-share offered by NIMBYs as they fight tooth and nail to move Citi Bike stations from their blocks. These tweets are typically followed by pictures […]