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New York Bike Wars

I’ve always viewed New York as being quite progressive when it comes to urban cycling and bicycle infrastructure, probably due to the heavy messenger influence, but recently I’ve come to realize they have had the same fights to establish that infrastructure every other fledgling city has. I didn’t realize a great deal of their infrastructure (200 miles worth) was put in place between 2007 and 2009, making the urban cycling boost quite new, which means they are also dealing with the same transportation battles the rest of the country engages in. This video gives a quick history of that bike infrastructure development and perspectives of urban cyclists from a variety of sources, some not favorable.

If you live in a city that is beginning to increase its infrastructure, this video will give you a good idea of the battles you may have to fight.

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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One Comment

  1. bergerandfriesJune 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Why does it have to be a war? Like the late, great, Rodney King said, “Can’t we all just get along?”

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