Photo by Ed Yourdon via flickr.
For all you two-wheeled warriors out there in the neighborhood (and those who love and hate them), there’s a lot of news you should know about. Let’s review:
1. A bike path cutting across Central Park at 96th Street opened around Christmas, according to the Columbia Spectator. Upper East Siders fought this path, but they lost. Ha!
2. According to The Epoch Times, the city has revealed the pricing structure for its bike-sharing program, which will roll out this summer: “$90 to $95 for an annual membership, $20–$25 for an unlimited weekly membership, and $8–$10 for an unlimited 24 hour membership.” The city still hasn’t revealed where exactly the bike-sharing stations will be set up.
3. Mayor Bloomberg vowed in his State of the City address last week to crack down on delivery bike riders who do not observe safety rules in the upcoming year, giving hope to our columnist Malcolm Carter. They will also have to wear clothing identifying the name of their employer. (Also good news for bicyclists: the mayor says the city will ticket speeding drivers, although I will believe that when I see it.)
4. Also in the State of the City address, the mayor vowed to expand the city’s network of protected bike lanes. The Upper West Side’s Columbus Avenue bike lanes appear here to stay. But will the community embrace protected lanes on Amsterdam Avenue, which was part of the original plan? Let us know how you feel about potential lanes on Amsterdam in our poll below: