Queens Calls for a Safer 21st StreetA powerful and diverse coalition of business owners and community activists is calling on the local community board to create safer space for cyclists and pedestrians along 21st Street in Queens. The popular commercial corridor, which runs from Long Island City to Astoria and mixes traffic from four boroughs and two highways, runs through densely populated residential neighborhoods. In the last decade, drivers have killed seven pedestrians and bicyclists and injured dozens more. The coalition presented to Community Board 1 recently and is pushing for a resolution in favor of the project, which would prompt the DOT to take action.
T.A. Helps Out at the Bed-Stuy 10KRestoration Corporation has sponsored one of the premier 10K runs in all of New York City. Last year, with a little guidance from T.A., they added a cycling component to the event. This year, the bike portion was ramped up even more, incorporating the area’s new Citi Bike stations and some free mechanic services from T.A. As one would expect from such a pairing, the event was a huge success. Thousands of people ran, walked and pedaled their way along a scenic route through a neighborhood rich in history, architecture and community. We’re already excited for next year.
Big News for Brooklyn’s 5th AvenueAfter years of organizing and advocacy from T.A.’s Brooklyn Activist Committee, 5th Avenue from 23rd to 65th Street is finally going to get some bike love. The DOT will install shared lanes along the two-way street, creating a bike-friendly route all the way from Park Slope to Bay Ridge. The existing sections of the route already sees some of the highest bike-count figures in the city. In 2010, the DOT spotted more than 700 cyclists in a 12-hour period.
Bon Appe-BikeParking at Two of Brooklyn’s Hippest EateriesMarlow & Sons and Diner, two of Brooklyn’s coolest culinary hotspots, are the latest businesses to request and receive a bike corral from the DOT. The eight new bike racks will cater to the dozens customers who arrive by bike every day. Of course, owner and tastemaker Andrew Tarlow didn’t stop there. Next to the bike corral, he installed tables and chairs that beautify the streetscape, expand his capacity and offer diners a way to eat and enjoy one of New York’s best free shows: street life in Williamsburg.