Bicycle Advocacy

The Bike Helmet as Riot Gear?

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Laurie Williams, a mild-tempered graduate student with a tousled mane of curls capped by a bicycle helmet, straddled her neon-green mountain bike, surveyed the gathering crowd in Union Square last Friday night and wondered if she really belonged there.

"I love riding my bike, but it is not a political thing," she said as she warily eyed dozens of police officers with plastic cuffs stuffed into their pockets arrayed against hundreds of rambunctious cyclists in Halloween costumes. "It's exercise; it's transportation. I ride because it's an efficient way to get around."

End the Anarchy: Critical Mass deserves a police escort to keep it safe

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A rogue group of aggressive cyclists is playing a dangerous game of chicken with the New York Police Department. This morning, both sides are headed to federal court. The judge should end this confrontation in the name of public safety.

For the past several years, hundreds of cyclists have taken to the streets on the last Friday of each month for "Critical Mass" rides to promote environmentally friendly transportation and cycling safety. But in recent months, these rides have become anything but safe.

Biking in NYC

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Your Nov. 5 editorial, "End the Anarchy," explored the contentious nature of Critical Massbike rides, but it overlooked the fact that biking in groups makes people feel safe from vehicular traffic, and the reality that the daily experience of city bikers is far from safe. To relieve tension between bicyclists and City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg needs to make streets and vehicular traffic as safe for the solitary biker as they are for a mass of riders. He must fix longstanding problems like dangerous bridge

Letters: ‘Bicyclists Off Balance’

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The New York Sun’s editorial, “Bicyclists Off Balance” explored the contentious nature of Critical Mass bike rides, but it overlooked the fact that biking in groups make people feel safe from vehicular traffic, and the reality that the daily experience of New York City bikers is far from safe [November 5, 2004].

To relieve tension between bicyclists and City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg needs to make streets and vehicular traffic as safe for the solitary biker as they are for a mass of riders.

He must fix

License this, nice lady

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COUNCILMEMBER MADELINE PROVENZANO isn't a bad Democrat. She's been a dogged and effective advocate for public spaces, after-school programs and elderly services in her northeast corner of the Bronx. By most accounts she is a trustworthy and respected leader in her community, as well as a positive role model for middle-aged Staten Island-bred Italian-American women in the time of Growing Up Gotti. If Provenzano were a fireman, she'd probably have rescued a kitten or two from the Pelham Bay Park treetops by now.

Bike Parking Lot, With Attendant, Is Planned for Midtown

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City officials have been trying to create more places where New Yorkers can ride their bikes safely, but finding secure places to park them is an enduring problem.

Now, a few business executives have dreamed up a private-sector solution: the city's first bikes-only parking lot, complete with attendant. Already, they have cleared the high hurdle of finding available space in Midtown, on West 33rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

All they need is a corporation willing to pay as much as $200,000 a year to sponsor the idea.

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