Fall 2002, p.2

Bike Shorts

Deputy Mayor Doctoroff Rides to Work 
City Hall sources report that Dan Doctoroff, Deputy Mayor For Economic Development and Rebuilding, bicycles to work down the Hudson River Greenway from his apartment on the West Side. Doctoroff's bio lists cycling as one of his hobbies and at least one of member of his staff bike commutes from Brooklyn. This bodes well for NYC cyclists since the Deputy Mayor is taking the lead on the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway project.

T.A./NYMTC Indoor Bike Parking Guide is in the House 
In October, T.A. and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council released Bicycle Parking Solutions: A Guide for Installing Indoor Bicycle Parking. The fifteen-page, full-color guide focuses on the two main issues surrounding indoor bicycle parking: legal and physical requirements. The guide will help cyclists and building owners and managers create workplace bike parking. Building owners and managers who offer indoor bicycle parking provide their tenants with the high level of service their tenants expect. At the same time, employers benefit because their workers arrive to work energized. Employees are assured that their bicycles are safe. See www.transalt.org/campaigns/bike/indoor.html 

DOT HQ Needs More Indoor Bike Parking 
How do the City's transportation professionals get to work? By bike. The NYCDOT sets a great example for other employers by providing secure indoor bike parking for its employees at 40 Worth Street. Indoor bike parking encourages bike commuting, and the DOT's indoor parking has encouraged so many bike commuters that it now needs more space! If anyone in the city knows how bad traffic is, it is these folks-and they choose to ride. Now they need more space to accommodate their growing ranks of bike commuters.

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Kissena Velodrome Repaved
A major renovation project on the Kissena Park Velodrome was completed this fall. Over $200,000 in Parks Department and private funding was used to renovate the ailing track, which is more potholed than many NYC streets. This long overdue repair demonstrates the City's commitment to cycling culture (and the 2012 Olympics). Built in 1962, the velodrome is located off Booth Memorial Avenue and 150th Street in Flushing, Queens. In 1964, the U.S. Olympics trials for speed cycling were held there. Three years ago, the city was able to repave the straightaway areas but did not have enough money or the proper equipment to do the banked turns. Despite the bumpy areas and rough spots, dedicated racers continue to train there in good weather and hold races from May to August. See kissena.org for more information.

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New York City Cycling Championships Draw a Huge Crowd
On Sunday, August 4th, New York City hosted its first professional cycling race in eight years. Mayor Bloomberg and over 100,000 other cycling enthusiasts turned out to see Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, twelve-time Junior National Champion Sarah Uhl and amateur teams from the NYPD and FDNY compete on a grueling downtown course laden with cobblestones and hairpin turns. Though "Lance!" was the crowd's mantra, Ivan Dominguez, a Cuban, took first in the men's race, followed by Vassili Davidenko and Gord Fraser. Sarah Uhl proved why she has won twelve national titles by taking the women's race. She was followed by Nicole Freedman and Rebecca Canzelman. See nycbikerace.com for more information.