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» With transportation snarled in Brookyn, bikes roam free.

In post-storm New York, the bike is having a moment of sorts.

With subways still not running under the East River or between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, traffic snarled in many places and lines for buses stretching for blocks, many people in Brooklyn took to bicycles on Thursday to get where they had to go…

Many frequent bike commuters said that, with sparse traffic in downtown Manhattan, conditions for biking were ideal.

“I just bombed all the way down Broadway right now — I think I saw five cars,” said Jason Jaramillo, 34, who had just biked to Brooklyn from the Upper West Side. “I wish it was always like this.”

nytimes, 01.11.12.

and don’t forget Liquid (formerly “Spinlister”)’s free bike rental deal! up to $25 for a bike rental this week until nov. 7th. 

» liquid: A free bike rental to help you get around after Hurricane Sandy

We hope everyone is safe and dry on the East Coast. With public transportation down in various cities we want to do what we can to help.

If any of you are trying to get to the store, work or another part of town to see friends and family we would like to offer a free bike rental up to $25. This will be available from Nov. 1st — Nov. 7th

Use the link here to redeem your free rental. You’ll then see the $25 added to your account balance. Feel free to share this with friends who might find it helpful.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions that you have.

Take care, 
The team at Liquid

(emailed to me) join Liquid—list your bike, rent bikes

There IS a Bicycle Economy, Two Cities Find
Portland, Oregon and New York City, two very different cities, are finding something similar about cyclists and pedestrians — they tend to spend a bit more money in local economies.
Transportation Alternatives has been promoting the ‘bicycle economy’ in New York’s East Village, finding that:

“Streets that promote bicycling and walking mean more business for local shops and restaurants,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives (TA). “When it comes to the impact bike lanes have on local businesses, it’s a case of ‘if you build it, they will come.”
Full Story: TreeHugger, 02.10.12.
men in suits on bikes.
but only for a tv show / photoshoot. and the helmets are killin’ it. (in the negative sense). come on, safety in numbers, guys! (not safety in sports-style helmets. but it’s probably liability stuff for the tv network).

Mr. Porter in collaboration with USA Network’s TV show ‘Suits’ popup shop and photo shoot in the West Village. 72 Gansevoort St.
» "open" streets

Several times I heard and read reference to the street being “closed,” and at 1:00 I heard repeated announcements that they were going to “open it up again.”

To someone like me, who rarely takes taxis and drives even less, when cars are allowed it doesn’t feel “open” to me. It’s open to me for three mornings a year, and pretty unavailable the rest of the time. Repeating over and over again that Park Avenue will be “opened up again” emphasizes that we don’t belong.

— cap’n transit. summer streets: i want more! 23.08.11.

from the above sign alone, i would assume that “summer streets” begins at 1pm. open the streets up to people. and the sign looks more of a size for people who are walking and cycling by, not for drivers.

It’s hard to not feel how “open” the streets are when you’re having your picture taken in front of the statue of Cornelius Vanderbilt, a spot that is typically closed as far as pedestrians and cyclists are concerned.  It’s the same way I feel about how people often refer to Times Square: the city didn’t close it to traffic but rather opened it to people.  So if one of the points of Summer Streets is to serve as positive marketing for people-centric streets and the department’s ambitious agenda, let’s hope the next time a new batch of signs needs to be printed DOT changes the wording to say, “Streets re-open to motor vehicles at 1 PM,” or even the completely neutral “Summer Streets ends at 1 PM.”

brooklyn spoke, 17.08.12.

sf sunday streets in the mission. 01.07.12.

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