Smashed Racks Cripple NYC
Bike racks on the front of QBx1 buses seem to be getting crushed by other
buses when drivers park them overnight at the Queens Surface bus depot in
College Point. As the only bike-on-bus option in the city - not to mention the
only way for cyclists to cross the Whitestone Bridge - the racks need to get
fixed now for the warm season ahead. Write Louis Calcago, Commissioner of
Surface Transit at The Department of Transportation, Battery Maritime Bldg.,
3rd Fl., NY, NY 10004, and tell them to install new racks now.
High Costs at High Bridge
The Parks Department is seeking $2 million in TEA-21 funding to cover design
and construction costs for a new stairway and bicycle ramp from the water
tower terrace in Highbridge Park to High Bridge's entrance plaza. In order to
completely restore the 160-year-old bridge, which connects 173rd St. in
northern Manhattan and 170th Street in The Bronx, the Parks Department needs
to find a whopping $25 million. Parks Commissioner Henry Stern says his agency
will "aggressively pursue opportunities to fund the project and make the
opening of High Bridge a reality."
Bike Lane in Limbo
Although slated as a priority bike route since 1997, The Bronx's University
Ave. bike lane still exists only on paper. The holdup is as American as apple
pie and baseball - specifically Yankee baseball. The DOT is concerned that a
bike lane will impede traffic along a ten block stretch used by fans driving
between the stadium and the Cross Bronx Expressway. It seems, rather than
encourage cycling to the Stadium, the DOT plans to accommodate auto-dependent
fans by redesigning the lane.
the latest news on this subject.
CityRacks: Hope Springs
With cities like Philadelphia having installed 3,000 bike racks over the past
three years, one wonders why fewer than 1,000 have been installed in the Big
Apple. Nevertheless, the DOT's CityRacks program promises to hire a contractor
by this spring to install nearly 1,700 bike racks already requested.
the latest news on this subject.
Downed Cyclist Memorialized
On January 15, over 150 cyclists and friends joined together to remember
cyclist Brad Minch, who was killed by an oversized 18-wheel tractor-trailer
truck at the intersection of 30th St. and 6th Ave. Brad, 23, was working as a
messenger for Click Modeling Agency. He was remembered fondly by fellow
messengers and friends, who were inspired by the tragedy to reinvigorate the
(NYCMA). For information on the next NYCMA meeting call 212-281-1829.
Take the Bike to the Train
Lockers and bike racks were recently installed at six stations along
Metro-North's Harlem River Line. With an eye towards encouraging upstate
bike-to-train commuters, Metro-North has installed ribbon racks at the
following stations: Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Pawling, Patterson
and Brewster North. In addition, ten bike lockers were installed at both the
Patterson and the Dover Plains stations. The lockers are managed by All Right
Parking Corp., which charges $60 dollars to rent out a locker for a year. To
get an application, call them at 914-838-1154.
current bikes-on-transit restrictions.
Cyclist Killed by Truck
On February 4, Jian Shun-Li, 36, was killed at the intersection of Delancey
and Allen Streets when he veered his bicycle away from one truck and was
struck by another. The details of the crash are unclear. Sergeant Noschese
from the Fifth Precinct reported that a garbage truck driver at the scene was
issued a summons for "unsafely backing up through the intersection."
Ziggy Rides On
The bad news: the NYC DOT insists on using the 1980s cartoon character Ziggy
as the symbol of the City's bicycle efforts in their 1999 Bike Month
advertising campaign. The good news: they've committed to losing "the
lovable loser" next year and finding a better "mascot" for NYC
cyclists. T.A. suggests a character known for intelligence, bravery,
resourcefulness, and of course, good looks.