Advocacy Group Estimates 400,000 Will Take to Bikes
December 12, 1999
Based on an analysis of
photographs of the 1980 transit strike, the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy
group, Transportation Alternatives estimates that daily cycling levels in NYC
will quadruple to 400,000 bicyclists.
East River Bridge and Avenue
Bike / Ped Lanes to Handle Throngs
Reportedly, the Police Department will set aside two additional lanes on each of
the East River bridges, and one additional lane on major avenues south of 60th
Street for cyclists and pedestrians.
Plea for Emergency Bike Parking
in Commercial Buildings and Guarded Parking
To accommodate the tremendous number of cyclists in the central business
district, Transportation Alternatives is calling on building owners and managers
to do two things:
1. Allow bicycles on freight elevators and in workplaces if so requested by
2. Create guarded outdoor bicycle parking area or corrals to ensure security.
10 Common Sense Tips for New
A transit strike will create unusual conditions and stresses for everyone in New
York City. Following are some specific tips for folks who usually do not bicycle
to work. But first, two general suggestions: be patient and use your head
instead of your hormones. Riding a bicycle in the city is fun and safe if you
Rules of the road
1. Bicycles are vehicles and must obey traffic laws. Ride with traffic - not
against it. Obey red lights and other traffic rules.
2. Always yield to pedestrians and stay off of sidewalks. Pedestrians always
have the right of way, so be respectful of their vulnerability. It is illegal to
ride on the sidewalk. So don't.
3. Avoid car doors - stay at least four feet from the nearest parked car.
Getting "doored" is the number one cause of bicycle crashes in NYC.
4. Check the brakes. Make sure they work or get them tightened. If they don't
work, DO NOT USE THE BIKE.
5. Pump up your tires (inner tube) to the recommended pressure or until they
feel very hard. This is the best way to avoid flats. You can use pumps at most
gas stations and all bike shops.
6. Raise the seat so that your knee is slightly flexed when the pedal is at its
7. Use front and rear lights during darkness. Flashing safety lights, red for
rear, white for front are available at bike shops and many hardware stores for
$6-$10. They could save your life.
8. Lock your bike. Your best bet is parking inside your building. Ask your boss
if you can bring your bike inside or get secure parking created. If you park
outside, use a heavy duty chain and padlock or Kryptonite NYC U-lock. Lock
through the back wheel and the part of the frame supporting it to a secure
object like a parking meter or sign post. Or, use two locks and lock the frame
to a post, and the backwheel to the frame and take the front wheel with you. If
you can, take the seat and front wheel with you, or chain the seat down.
9. Wear a helmet. Adjust the straps so that the helmet is snug and does not
10. Dress Smart. Wear light colored clothing for safety. For the cold weather,
wear gloves, but don't overdress. You should feel a little cold at the start,
but you'll warm up. Consider wearing a winter hat or bandanna under your helmet
until you warm-up.
Transportation Alternatives 127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-629-8080 Fax: 212-629-8334