January/February 1996, p.23
The Best and Worst of'95
First they appeared on the Queensboro Bridge, and most recently they've sprouted on the Williamsburg. That's right, our award for the Most Annoying DOT Trend in 1995: installing "BIKES MUST DISMOUNT" signs on bridges. On the Queensboro, the dismount orders appear at the wheel-eating expansion joints along the middle section of the path. On the Williamsburg, the entire path is so bad that the city wants you to walk your bike all the way across...
Honorable mentions for Bad Bridge Behavior go to the MTA for forbidding riding on the Triborough Bridge, and the folks at the Brooklyn Bridge, for putting a Street sign directly in the path near the Brooklyn entrance.
Our award for the Best New Car-Free Getaway goes to New Jersey Transit, for finally allowing bicycles on the Northeast corridor line. Riders can now take bikes on trains from NYC to Philadelphia with NJ Transit and SEPTA. You need passes for both; see Bikes Aboard for details.
This being just the third issue of our new unified publication, were still ironing out the wrinkles, but the Best Side Effect of the New Transportation Alternatives Magazine has to be the shorter mailing parties. No more 1 am Friday night marathons! Join us for the next one on Friday, February 23, 6 pm, TA office, 92 St. Marks Place.
As always, T.A.'s strength is in its members, and especially those who give their precious free time to the cause of better cycling, walking, and mass transit. So at the risk of stepping on anyone s toes, we'd like to single out Rich Gans and the Bronx Committee for extra effort. Fixing up greenways, scouting the Century route, organizing the Tour De Bronx, and generating enthusiasm for cycling and walking in the Bronx make these folks our Best Volunteer Crew of 1995.
After painting the Lafayette Street bike lane in April 1994, the City DOT has not produced an inch of new bike lanes anywhere in the five boroughs, earning them T.A's Brooklyn Dodgers Award for 1995-NYC cyclists will have to wait 'til next year for any more bike lanes.
Our Lucky Dog Award for 1995 goes to each of the 3,300 folks fortunate enough to have ridden T.A's 6th annual NYC Century-the biggest and best one yet with good company, great weather, and a rockin' good time
The What a Country Award for making a quick buck without doing anything goes to Arthur Imperatore, operator of the ferry service between Hoboken and Manhattan. Once a free ride, it now costs a dollar to bring your bike on the ferry.
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