Linh H Nguyen
Citi Bike Weathers the WinterDespite a better-than-expected start to the City’s bike share program, plenty of naysayers were certain that a harsh winter would put a crimp in Citi Bike’s popularity. Now, with one of the nastiest cold snaps in recent memory behind us, it’s safe to say that Citi Bike riders soldiered on, and New York City’s pedal-powered public transit option is here to stay. On average, 9,256 trips per day were taken from December 21 to February 16, racking up an average daily total of 13,871 miles. On February 13, when a nor’easter piled up 10 inches of snow, Citi Bikers still managed 909 rides, adding up to nearly 5,600 miles. And on January 3, when temperatures reached only 18 degrees, there were 1,230 Citi Bike rides taken, traveling a total of 1,919 miles. Next year, Old Man Winter might want to sign up for an annual membership.
Another Great Bike SummitThe League of American Bicyclists held its National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. in early March. Thousands of cycling advocates and activists from around the world gathered to discuss issues that are near and dear to Transportation Alternatives. They also heard from a handful of our favorite people, including T.A. Board Member Susi Wunsch and longtime supporters Laura Solis, Nona Varnado, Rich Conroy, Aaron Naparstek, Doug Gordon, Clarence Eckerson and many, many more. Between our staff, our friends and all we’ve accomplished this year (including an award for Best Advocacy Campaign), T.A. was well represented and represented well.
More Greenway!The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway will get a few miles closer to completion this construction season, with a significant improvement planned for Williamsburg Street West, along the Brooklyn Navy Yard, as well as a new segment along Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. The 14-mile car-free route hugging Brooklyn’s waterfront, from Sunset Park to Greenpoint, started as a grassroots, volunteer-led effort. With the support of local elected officials, government agencies and advocacy groups like T.A., it became an official New York City capital project. That’s the kind of success story we can really get behind.
Riding in RidgewoodThe City will stripe a slew of new bike lanes in the Queens neighborhoods of Ridgewood and Glendale this summer, which will tie into popular routes that cross through Astoria and Bushwick as well as car-free recreation paths around Forest Park and the Ridgewood Reservoir. The lanes will be built along Himrod and Harman streets, from Evergreen to Metropolitan avenues, and along Onderdonk and Woodward avenues, as well as portions of Catalpa and 69th avenues, from Flushing to Cooper avenues. These lanes are not only a boon for area cyclists, but also a big boost to the overall connectivity of the City’s bike network.