October 23, 2011

Green Cyclists team is competing in the Green City Challenge in NYC today

Come down to Union Square and cheer us on as we ride the city to answer trivia and complete challenges related to sustainable green living!

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September 15, 2011

New York City Bike Share will launch summer 2012

Click here for more details and to suggest locations for Bike Stations around the city.

http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/

September 10, 2011

Frank Bruni Thanks Janette Sadik-Khan

Frank Bruni has written a public thank-you letter to New York City’s Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in today’s New York Times. Sadik-Khan is a tremendous advocate for cyclists — she has roughly doubled the number of miles of bike lanes in the city since she was appointed in 2007. This article is a great read, thanking Sadik-Khan for what can seem like a thankless job and giving a nice overview of the current state of cycling in New York City. Make sure you don’t miss the graphic on the left, which compares the percentage of workers who commute by bicycle in major American cities. At 0.6%, New York City still has a long way to go.

Link: Frank Bruni for The New York Times

September 7, 2011

New Manhattan-Side Entrance/Exit to Williamsburg Bridge Coming Early 2012

Here’s a little article about the city’s effort to redesign the Manhattan-side entrance/exit to the Williamsburg bridge. Apparently people are unhappy about the new design. We won’t comment about whether the new layout is an improvement until we’ve ridden it when it’s finished early next year, but what’s there now certainly isn’t great…

Link from The Gothamist

August 29, 2011

Transportation Alternatives’ Bike Ambassadors Program

Here’s a neat little article from the NY Times about Transportation Alternatives’ Bike Ambassadors program. These folks head out to the streets and try to encourage cyclists to ride responsibly. In the three months that the program has been running, they have convinced around 13,000 cyclists to sign a pledge that they will obey some basic traffic laws. Great work!

Link from the New York Times

August 11, 2011

NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan on her View for the City’s Streets

On Monday, Slate published a short piece by Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City’s Transportation Commissioner and a strong proponent of bike lanes. While she doesn’t say anything revolutionary, it’s clear that she believes the streets are a shared space in which motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians all have their place. And she also mentions NYC’s upcoming shared bike program, which of course is something we’re excited about here at Green Cyclists.

Link

August 3, 2011

A subtle defense of bike lanes

Vilnius mayor crushes car parked in cycle lane

The mayor has long urged city residents to take up cycling.

The mayor of Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, has been filmed using an armoured vehicle to crush a car parked illegally in a cycle lane.

“That’s what will happen if you park your car illegally,” Mayor Arturas Zuokas, an avid cyclist, says in a clip posted on the Vilnius City website.

The apparent owner then arrives to see his wrecked Mercedes being towed.

The stunt was shot over the weekend for a popular Swedish TV series, 99 Things You Should Do Before You Die.

“You have to have a sense of humour in my line of work” -Arturas Zuokas Mayor of Vilnius

“Vilnius seemed friendly, modern and full of surprises – like the town mayor,” the Vilnius City website quotes Swedish TV host Macka Edlund as saying.

In the video, Mr Zuokas ticks off the car’s owner, sweeps up the broken glass from the wreckage and then hops on a bicycle and rides off – a scenario many cyclists would relish.

“You have to have a sense of humour in my line of work and I thought this would be a way of drawing attention to the fact that the city intends to be proactive in its fight against illegal parking,” the mayor was quoted as saying by the Small World News Service.

The BBC’s Russian Service reporter in Vilnius, Aushra Radzeviciute, says illegal parking is not a big problem in the city, but in its central streets it is strictly prohibited.

Mr Zuokas has long urged city resident to take up cycling, introducing various bicycle schemes and cycle lanes in his time in office.

July 19, 2011

GreenCyclists interviewed by BeFitNYC on urban cycling

Check out this video promoting the BeFitNYC campaign! Philip is featured in a quick interview, and you can see both him and Ben riding. Great stuff.

July 12, 2011

Declare Yourself a New Yorker for Bicycling

I’m a NYer for bicycling because bicycling is good for NY.
Are you a New Yorker for bicycling?

Declare yourself a New Yorker for Bicycling:

I pledge my support for the three pillars of safe cycling in New York:

    • Responsible riding is safer for everyone.
    • Bike lanes keep everyone out of each other’s way and out of harm’s way.
  • A robust public bike share program empowers New Yorkers with more transit choices.

I support these principles because more New Yorkers riding bicycles on NYC streets benefits New York as a whole. Bike-friendly enhancements to our streets improve New Yorkers’ health, increase pedestrian safety and bolster a more vibrant business community. As a bicyclist, I vow to ride safely and create a positive street environment. As a pedestrian, transit rider or driver, I support the right to safe travel for New Yorkers who choose bicycling and recognize that we’re all better off when everyone has safe space to travel. In the interest of a greener, greater New York, I call on my elected and appointed officials to do the same.

Join the call for more bicycling by signing on to the New Yorkers for Bicycling Declaration and spread the word to your friends!

June 23, 2011

GreenCyclists students never cease to amaze me

Due to the short, concentrated class schedules for our 3 Hour Sunday classes, we have precious little time to learn about the lives of our students outside of their biking history.  So I always enjoy reading blogs and posts written by students after their experiences as it not only helps us refine our instruction, but also gives me insight into the personalities that sign up.

This week, I came across a blog post from Laura, who holds the world record for the youngest woman to complete a marathon in all 50 states.  Amazing accomplishment, and yet  somehow that was never mentioned as we took her through the paces on biking skills and drills.   I even gently teased her about the condition of her bike, which has been sitting unused in storage for 5 years – and now I know the reason.

Obviously we love to read positive reviews from students, but more importantly, we love to introduce urban cycling to New Yorker’s across the spectrum.   Click through to read Laura’s description of Urban Biking 101 and check out her site http://www.50by25.com/

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