Remembering Danny LiebermanNew York City’s cycling scene lost one of its best-loved members late last year when the inimitable Danny Lieberman passed away after a two-year battle with leukemia. Danny was a long-time T.A. member and volunteer, a Five Borough Bike Club devotee and the founder of the pioneering “ebikes” listserv, which functioned as a clearinghouse and commons for bike-related news, debates, jokes, gossip, rides and anything and everything else concerning cycling. He was an inspiration to many and a friend to all. He’ll be greatly missed.
Gaining Ground on Columbus AvenueA long-planned extension of the Columbus Avenue bike lane is one step closer to completion. In early February, Manhattan Community Board 7’s full board voted 26-11 (with one abstention) in favor of lengthening the protected cycling facility north to 110th Street and south to 69th Street. The current configuration, which runs between 77th Street and 96th Street, has reduced pedestrian injuries along the avenue by 41 percent and proved popular with many community residents. The Department of Transportation would like to break ground on the extension later this year, according to Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione. She estimates construction will take two months.
City Studies Cycling on the Pulaski BridgeAs development in North Brooklyn and Southwest Queens has boomed, the Pulaski Bridge, which connects Greenpoint and Long Island City, has seen a huge increase in bicycle and pedestrian traffic. To accommodate the uptick in users, the Department of Transportation, at the behest of T.A. and neighborhood activists, is undertaking a feasibility study to see if a protected bike lane could replace the bridge’s westernmost southbound automobile lane. Assembly Member Joe Lentol, a strong supporter of the project, reports that the DOT will release its findings in March, adding that a bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge would also help reduce speeding along Greenpoint’s McGuinness Boulevard.
Donated Bicycles Aid in Sandy RecoverySuperstorm Sandy recovery efforts got a pedal-powered boost from Giant Bicycles, Transportation Alternatives and Recycle-A-Bicycle. In the weeks after the storm, the three organizations hatched a plan to provide two-wheelers to Occupy Sandy volunteers delivering medical care and support to storm-damaged communities in the Rockaways and coastal Brooklyn. Giant donated the bikes, Recycle-A-Bicycle built and stored them, and T.A. and Giant distributed them to volunteers who needed reliable transportation to provide care and support.