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Once again, with the warmer weather starting to break, and the new CitiBike stations popping up throughout the city, thought I’d repost this screed from a while back on NYC biking rules.
In short: “just imagine you’re in a car.”
Add to the list:
Slow down. If you’re practicing for the Tour de France time trials, please do so on the riverside bike paths, where you’re less likely to intersect with so many cars, pedestrians, baby carriages, etc.
Use a bell. Actually required.
Reiterating the “one way” thing. Walk your bike to the nearest cross street that moves in the direction you’re headed. Seriously.
Biking Rules Commuter Handbook
Download it here.
Tell your friends.
Might be better to just take the time to learn the rules than to stand on a corner waving a sign in front of 12 people…months after new bike lanes were installed in your neighborhood…two years after they were first proposed…
A simple tip for adhering to biking rules: just imagine you’re in a car.
You would never drive the wrong way on a one-way street. Don’t do it on a bike.
You would never drive on the sidewalk. Don’t do it on a bike.
You would never drive through a red light. Don’t do it on a bike.
And so on…
FYI: NYC Biking Rules
More on the new bike lanes
Tickets are now available to visit the Statue of Liberty, which will reopen July 4, 2013, upon completion of repairs to infrastructure damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
There are roughly three New York’s. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter—the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something.
Of these three trembling cities, the greatest is the last—the city of final destination, the city that is a goal. It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high-strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements.
Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.
NEW YORK, April 29th, 2013 — Renowned New York City artist Jim Power, aka The Mosaic Man, today launched a fundraising campaign to rebuild his famous Mosaic Trail on Indiegogo, a leading international crowdfunding platform and community.
About the campaign:
For over 25 years, Jim Power, aka The Mosaic Man, has created one of the largest and longest lasting public arts projects with his Legendary Mosaic Trail. The trail of whimsical mosaic designs on lamp poles, planters, sidewalks and storefronts throughout New York City are some of the most recognizable and universally acclaimed works by a local artist. The various pieces are often dedicated to an historical event, person, or landmark, i.e. 9/11 or the former Fillmore East, or simply act as sign-posts and markers. The works are, for the most part, created using recycled materials, built to last, unique to the city, and add a great deal to the quality of life in the neighborhood. In 1988, Jim was authorized by the DOT to build up to 80 light poles. In 2004, he was inducted into the City Lore Peoples Hall of Fame and received an official proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg recognizing him for his selfless contribution to the city. Over the years, Jim’s work has been featured in countless television programs, newspapers, books and magazines worldwide.
All that, and Jim has never received any significant funding for his project from the city or outside groups. And, unfortunately, due to vandalism and destruction, only about a quarter of the lamp posts that make up the original trail are still fully intact.
So, he turns to you…
Now, you can help support the rebuilding of The Legendary Mosaic Trail!
Proceeds from the campaign will go toward supporting all facets of the rebuilding of the trail.
Not only will contributors help support the rebuilding of a part of New York City history, but they will also receive exciting and unique perks related to the trail itself, from stickers or T-shirts featuring Power’s designs, to one-of-a-kind original pieces of art or “artwear,” to opportunities to have your image or brand included on a pole for all to see!
The campaign is the culmination of several years of work by Power and his cohorts to build up visibility about his work on the trail and its impact on the city. The trail as a whole tells the story of an ever-changing neighborhood, what came before, what’s here now, and perhaps what will be in the future.
Power has often said that he is not out for fame. He feels he has a “responsibility to the people who love this work.” He makes his art “for the community that he loves and that loves him so dearly in return.” He is thankful for the continued support from the public throughout the years, and this campaign is the latest way for people to bea part of something big and help Jim see his vision through.
“We’ve got over 50,000 people on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. If everyone gave just a few bucks, we could do this and the world wouldn’t know what him ‘em!” says Power.
The campaign lasts through Friday, May 24th, 11:59PM PT.
You can read more about the campaign, view the exciting perks available, and donate here.
2013 NYC Bike Map
The NYC Department of Transportation recently updated its Cycling Map for 2013. The new map marks all 900 miles of bike-friendly paths in NYC. Over 375,000 maps will be distributed this year from bicycle shops, libraries, and schools. You can also order your free copy by calling 311.
In addition to the paper map, New Yorkers can use Ride the City’s web app to find the quickest and safest path to their destination. Ride the City uses the NYC Cycling Map and user feedback to suggest a route.
To download the 2013 NYC Bike Map, visit on.nyc.gov/BikeMap
.NYC Top Level Domain
Soon the prestige of a New York City address or area code will extend to the digital realm. With its application for .nyc in 2012, New York became one of the first cities in the world to pursue its own geographic top-level domain. A top-level domain or TLD, is the last part of an Internet address, such as .com, .org or .edu.
mydotnyc.com is an informational website which provides initial .nyc details so the public can stay informed on the launch.
With the historic launch of the .nyc TLD, the City will embrace its digital future in a powerful way and bring an unprecedented level of geographic authority to the digital sphere. In addition, the City will generate revenue, help residents locate government services, encourage local businesses to thrive, market and promote tourism, and spread the dynamic image of New York City around the world.
For more information, visit mydotnyc.com or follow @dotnyc on Twitter.
Today Mayor Bloomberg announced the expansion of the City’s recycling program to include for the first time the recycling of all rigid plastics including toys, hangers, shampoo bottles, coffee cups and food containers.
The expansion is part of the City’s Solid Waste Management Plan and is…
the great white way.
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