Here’s the latest portrait in Streetsblog’s weekly “Why I Ride” series.
Iga is a 15-year resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and she’s been biking around New York for about that long. She says she’s not a bike commuter but likes to go on long rides for pleasure. “Sometimes I ride to Coney Island, or to the Rockaways.” When she’s staying closer to home, one of her favorite rides takes her into Long Island City, Queens and then on to Roosevelt Island. Iga’s love of cycling began back in her native Poland: “I was in a cycling club. We rode to Czechoslovakia, to Germany. I had a different kind of bike, of course. Here, I don’t really have any friends who ride bikes. I wish they did. Many of my friends don’t think it’s safe, especially at our age. They’re afraid of having an accident, breaking something.” Fortunately Iga has never had an accident and, aside from the occasional honking, she finds most New York drivers to be very respectful.
In 15 years of biking in New York, the biggest change she has experienced is the increase in bike lanes. She says they make her feel more safe, and help her discover new parts of the city. “They are great. Last weekend I rode to the Brooklyn Museum for the first time – in a bike lane the whole way.”
Here’s the fifth portrait in Streetsblog’s weekly “Why I Ride” series. Maureen is a filmmaker who has used a bike to get around New York in all seasons for the last seven years. She rides to commute and run errands and sometimes goes for a long city ride with no destination in mind, just to […]
Editor’s note: Sometimes it seems like pundits and reporters are incapable of writing about bicycling without falling back on words like “sanctimonious” or “European-influenced.” Many of New York’s political representatives likewise seem incapable of grasping how safer streets for cycling would benefit their constituents. Streetsblog could write endlessly about the point-to-point convenience of cycling, how […]
Here’s the sixth portrait in Streetsblog’s weekly “Why I Ride” series. I always like to see bikes like Erin’s – elegant, but clearly bearing the scuffs and scratches that come with regular use. I ask her how she likes it. “I love it. It’s a great city bike.” Erin lives in Brooklyn and on this day […]
I ran into Mary on her commute down the First Avenue bike lane. She works as an ESL instructor and has been bike commuting in New York since 1995. For the past 10 years she has been at her dream job — teaching English to delegates and staff at the United Nations English Language Programme. […]
There’s been a lot of discussion in the blogosphere lately about the merits of Critical Mass, the long-running, monthly group ride that has taken hold in cities around the world since its debut in San Francisco nearly 20 years ago. In many cities, Critical Mass has been a powerful force for building a community of […]
I think Al Roker’s Brompton ride to victory last week pretty much sealed the deal: Bike to Work Day has never been bigger. In San Francisco, where they observed the occasion last week, bikes accounted for 75 percent of morning rush hour traffic on Market Street, and most of the legislative and executive branches of […]