Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: anti-bike bias, bicycling, bike, camaro, cycling, cycling fatality, Gothamist, hit and run, Matthew Von Ohlen, NYC, NYPD, pamphlet, urban cycling
RIP Matt Von Ohlen
Police are currently looking for the driver of the black Camaro who knocked Von Ohlen off his bike then ran over him, then sped away. If they find him/her, may give him/her a bike safety pamphlet.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike crash, bike on bike crash, bike vs. bike, Bono, Central Park, compound fracture, NYC, orbital, U2
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.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alta, bike share, Citibike, High speed rail, Hong Kong, Jay Walder, NYC
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.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alta, bike share, Citi, Citibike, NYC, urban cycling
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.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Keegan Stephan, NYC, Park Slope, pedestrian, Prospect Park West, speed limits
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.”)
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Beyonce, Beyonce Knowles, bicycling, Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, urban cycling
“…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.”
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alta Planning, bike share, Citi Bike, Citibank, Citibike, NYC, Shiti, Shitibank
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.