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.

  • The directions for those those seeking to give a statement at the Nov. 23 hearing on bicycle access in buildings are missing info on how to reach Ass’t Commissioner McKenna. Her phone number is 212-839-4478, you can call her and just tell her you are giving a statement; that’s all there is to it.


The Bicycle Uprising, Part 4

This is the fourth installment in a multi-part series looking back at the victory over the Midtown bike ban, 25 years ago. Read parts one, two, and three for an overview of the bike ban, the advocacy of the 1970s and 80s, and the aftermath of the ban. Activists are planning a September 28 bike ride and forum […]

TA’s “Biking Rules” Campaign Takes the High Route

Transportation Alternatives yesterday launched an ambitious new campaign to change how cyclists are perceived — and how they perceive themselves — in New York City.  At its core, "Biking Rules" is, as TA puts it, "aimed at promoting civic riding and easing bike-pedestrian friction." But the campaign, embodied in a new cyclist handbook and tricked-out […]

This Week: Speak Up for Queens Blvd, Chrystie St Bike Lanes

Tomorrow, community boards will weigh in on on major DOT street safety projects planned for Manhattan and Queens. The Manhattan CB 3 transportation committee is expected to vote on plans for a two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street, and the full board of Queens CB 4 is scheduled to vote on a bikeway and other upgrades […]

More Than Just Same-Old at Upper East Side Bicycle Forum

From the first (and only) town-hall meeting of the Manhattan Borough President’s Planning for Pedestrians Council in 1987, to Manhattan Community Board 8’s “Bicycle Forum” this week, I’ve sat through innumerable gatherings on cyclist-pedestrian conflicts. Cycling and pedestrian advocates, with Charles Komanoff at left, gather on the UES in 2007. Photo: Jonathan Barkey Each session […]

This Week: Shaping the Streets of Downtown Far Rockaway

City Hall has set aside $9 million to improve streets near Mott Avenue in Downtown Far Rockaway. Ideas floated earlier this year include several pedestrian safety and public space enhancements. But word is the project doesn’t do much for cycling, despite the need for safer biking conditions on streets like Beach Channel Drive. It’s not […]

Are “Directional Miles of Bike Lanes” a Good Metric?

Monday night I attended Manhattan Community Board 8’s pedestrian and cycling safety forum. There was an All-Star cast of panelists. Former DOT Commissioner Sam Schwartz, Manhattan DOT Commissioner Margaret Forgione and Director of Street Management and Safety Ryan Russo, Matthew Bauer of the Madison Ave BID, Traffic Enforcement Agents as well as other transportation experts. There were the usual complaints […]