Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Bono’s crash was bad. Very bad.

The singer suffered numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade, and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin.

via In the News: Bono faces long recovery after bike crash – VeloNews.com.



Questionable at best transit guy Jay Walder takes over Citi Bike
October 28, 2014, 08:39
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City officials had refused to greenlight hikes in the program unless new management was brought in.

Walder brings decades of management experience to the system, including two stints at the MTA and Londons public transport system.

He was most recently the head of Hong Kongs subway system.His time there was marred by what was perceived has his poor handling of a high-speed rail project between the island and mainland China, and he was forced to leave a year before his contract expired.

via EXCLUSIVE: Former MTA head Jay Walder will be named Citi Bike boss: sources – NY Daily News.



Related Buys Alta Bike Share
October 27, 2014, 18:59
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Keep your eye on all this weirdness.

REQX Ventures, a real estate company affiliated with Related Companies, along with Equinox, will buy Alta Bicycle Share, the company that manages the city’s bike-share program.REQX aims to double Citi Bike’s 6,000-bike fleet, according to Capital NY, and will be allowed to raise the rental fees.

via REQX Ventures | Citi Bike Cost | Related Companies.



20 mph speed limits in Park Slope
November 25, 2013, 09:36
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A nice bit of civil disobedience here:

Calling it “a gift to the city,” a group of activists changed the speed limit in Park Slope this weekend by hanging rogue 20 mph speed limit signs along Prospect Park West.

Safe streets activists with the group Right of Way installed the signs on Saturday night around 10pm. Organizer Keegan Stephan says the group was motivated by recent pedestrian deaths — and statistics showing a lower speed limit save lives.

“A pedestrian hit by a car going 20 mph has a 95% chance of survival,” he said, who added that a WNYC map showed the city could lower the speed limit to 20 miles per hour across two-thirds of city under current state law. “We don’t understand why they’re not, (so) we took it upon ourselves.” 

He said the signs are also a way of showing support for a bill currently under consideration by the New York City Council. When introduced last month, Intro 535 aimed to lower the city’s speed limit to 20 miles per hour. But last Friday, Council Member Jimmy Vacca, who chairs the Transportation Committee, told WNYC “the bill is being tweaked a little bit.” He said “we’re aiming for 25 miles per hour on narrow, one-way streets.”

(Stephan’s reaction to that news: “That’s disappointing.”)

via Activists Take Brooklyn Speed Limit Into Own Hands, Install 20mph Signs in Park Slope – WNYC.



Beyoncé Bikes
August 6, 2013, 21:41
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“…It’s amazing how I’m able to ride around on a bike. People kind of see it’s me but since I’m on a bike, they think, ‘No, it’s not her.’ And by the time they realize it’s me, I’m already gone.”

via Gets It: Beyoncé Bikes to Barclays | Streetsblog New York City.



Citibreach
July 23, 2013, 20:14
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May not amount to much.

One possible interpretation of this story:

A system that is already proving to be ‘safe’ despite a barrage of pre-launch propaganda needed more bad press.

The security breach was discovered and corrected “at the end of May” and affected 1,174 customers who signed up for $95 annual memberships to the program, said Seth Solomonow, a spokesman for the city Department of Transportation, which launched Citi Bike and controls all of the system’s communications to the public.

He did not explain the delay between the identification of the security flaw and notification of affected users.

According to NYC Bike Share LLC, a local subsidiary of system operator Alta Bicycle Share, an “error log” containing personal data on Citi Bike account holders was “briefly accessible” on the system’s website on April 15. The error was corrected as soon as it was discovered, NYC Bike Share President Michael Jones said in the letter.

via Citi Bike Accidentally Exposes Customer Credit Card Information – Metropolis – WSJ.



Friedersdorf on Rabinowitz

That’s right, Friedersdorf.

There is no one in America who objects more consistently than me to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiatives: This is a man who favors stop-and-frisk, racially profiling and spying on innocent Muslims, restricting the size of soda New Yorkers can buy, salt limits, a trans-fat ban, and a pervasive surveillance state. Left up to me, no one like Bloomberg would ever exercise political power. My disdain for his paternalism and disregard for civil liberties is what inclines me to defend his bike initiative. It is the least “totalitarian” major initiative that Bloomberg has undertaken, yet is denounced with some of the strongest language. If the critics were merely expressing their personal displeasure at the prospect of cities better suited to bike travel (or doubts about the efficacy of a particular policy aimed at making cities more bike friendly) that would be fine. Instead they co-opt the language of freedom and oppression, as if orienting cities toward automobiles is natural and libertarian, while bike shares and bike lanes are harbingers of tyranny. 

That is vapid, paranoid, philosophically incoherent nonsense. By frivolously trafficking in it, I fear that Rabinowitz and friends will diminish all warnings about liberty and government overreach. Even the boy who cried wolf was invoking the specter of an actually frightening creature.

via The Paranoid Style in Bicycle Politics: A Bicoastal Freak-Out – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic.




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