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    NYC Aficionado from Oz Merry's Avatar
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    (More photos and details of each photo in article).


    Bicycling in New York City: Historic Photos from the Museum of the City of New York


    The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum is currently in the midst of a multi-year project to digitize its photographic and works-on-paper collections and has already uploaded more than 62,000 historic photographs of the city to its online Collections Portal. Visit the site to explore the city's past.

    May is National Bike Month and we are pleased to offer a look back at the heyday of bicycling in the city. Don't forget to ride your bike to work during Bike to Work Week, May 16 through 20.


    Organized Charity. Night Messenger Service, ca. 1890, Jacob A. Riis, from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.


    [Riverside Drive, with man and bicycle], 1893, photographer unknown, from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.


    Bicycling, Riverside Drive at the Clermont, 1896, Byron Company, from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.


    Sports, Bicycling, New York Streets, 1896, Byron Company, from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.


    Street Scenes, Long Island City, 1898, Byron Company, from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.


    Bicycling, Broadway, 1898, Byron Company, from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.

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    3 part video showing a ride down the HR bike path

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    Cool.

    Get a a handlebar clamp.

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    Very nice scumonkey. I felt like I was there. Some favorite parts are the lady rollerblading with the stroller, the up shot of Tower 1, Wintergarden coming into view...it was relaxing to watch, and I also like your choice of music. Especially the song in the first vid. What is it?

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    glad you like!
    The song is by "the Rapture" and it's called "First Gear".

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    Thanks. I'm gonna have to get that.

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    Pretty tallented, but I wonder how the tire was after that vid.......


    I partially agree with him. I think that the lanes should be cleared for bikers and bikers should TRY to stay in those lanes... but when was there a law passed that bikes had to stay in the bike lanes? Aren't they a vehicle entiutled to travel on any roadway? The bike lanes were to try and give bikers a safer place to ride, not to remove them from the street!

    (Although some bike messengers should be removed from the planet).

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    Thanks to the Chevy Chase of cyclists for the demonstration on impractical biking rules. He made good points.

    I'm sure there are plenty of motorists ticketed for travelling or parking in the bike lanes, bus lanes, etc., as well as skaters, jaywalkers (although I don't think that happens that much). Someone somewhere in NY will always be inconvenienced by construction, lack of courtesy, emergencies, demonstrations, what have you. NYPD will not stop ticketing if it is a violation of that black & white law, & they're mostly counting on people to not fight it, or not pay it with more consequences.

    I had a disagreement with a traffic cop with what I thought of as a setup last year at 53rd & Madison. Long story short, I went to the judge downtown on the appointed date, & lost. My thinking was, at least I tried, & if plenty of people fight enough they'll think twice before writing unnecessary tiks.

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    Police Among Worst Offenders Blocking Manhattan’s Bike Lanes

    By dnainfo dnainfo – Tue Jun 14, 9:16 am ET
    Ben Fractenberg, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0xE4...layer_embedded


    MANHATTAN —
    Manhattan bike riders face a host of obstacles using the borough's bike lanes, from double-parked livery cabs and delivery trucks, to oblivious pedestrians, to NYPD vehicles using them as parking spaces, a recent survey by DNAinfo found.
    Interactive map of obstructions across NYC's bike lanes >
    DNAinfo reporter Ben Fractenberg rode many of the city's bike lanes starting downtown and traveling north all the way to Washington Heights, and tracing his way from the east to the west side. One of the worst stretches, he found, was directly behind an NYPD precinct in Harlem.
    Twenty seven out of 44 marked and unmarked NYPD vehicles parked behind the 28 Precinct on St. Nicholas Ave. between 122nd and 123rd Streets on a recent Monday jutted into a stretch of bike lane on both sides of the two-way street.
    "It's like this all the time. They don't have any consideration for us," said Harlem resident Kimba Jones, 50, who rides his bike past the station every day. "They are in the lane, so now we have to slow down and be careful that we don't get hit."
    But hazards weren't only found in Harlem. Here's a quick rundown of what Fractenberg found in neighborhoods across Manhattan

    Harlem and Washington Heights
    Delivery trucks and double-parked cars were the top obstacles clogging up First Avenue between East 96th Street and East 119th street — which was a sea of trucks on a recent weekday afternoon around lunch time.
    Heading west along 119th Street from First Avenue to St. Nicholas Ave., a host of cars were double-parked on the north side of the street between First and Third avenues, forcing traffic to swerve directly into the bike lane on the south side of the street. As a result, there was barely enough room for a bike and a car to squeeze by at the same time.
    Photo slideshow of Fractenburg's travels >
    One of the smoothest portions of Upper Manhattan could be found along Fort Washington Avenue from 186th Street to Fort Tyron Park.
    Aside from the general lack of commercial delivery traffic in the area, the lanes were largely free of obstructions save for the occasional cab or double-parked car. The stretch was made even more pleasant by a strip of trees along the bike lane, providing a nice shady break from the sun.
    Upper West Side
    Cycling north on Central Park West from West 77th Street to West 90th Street, one of the most difficult portions was in front of the American Museum of Natural History between 77th and 79th streets.
    There were tourist buses double-parked in the bike lane, forcing riders to swerve out into traffic. Cars whizzed inches from riders' handlebars.
    The east-west streets in the Upper West Side were cluttered mainly with delivery and mail trucks during the weekday trip.

    UPS trucks dotted the streets near West 106th Street and Riverside Drive, some of them clogging up the bike lanes, forcing riders into traffic, while other UPS trucks were double-parked in the traffic lanes, leaving the bike lanes free and clear.
    Upper East Side and Yorkville
    First Avenue between East 72nd and East 96th streets was packed with delivery trucks. In some cases boxtrucks were lined up three or four in a row. Some were considerate enough to park very closely to the line of legally-parked vehicles, leaving a sliver of bike lane open for riders to squeeze past. But many delivery trucks took up all of the bike lane, forcing riders to swerve out into traffic.
    The number of shops and businesses along First Avenue drove up the number of double-parked cars with people swinging open car doors into the bike lanes while hopping out to pick something up.
    One U.S. Postal Service mail truck on First Avenue crawled like a snail along the bike lane while making its deliveries, parking in the bike lane each time the driver stopped.
    Central Park
    Central Park's seeemingly pristine bike lanes were host to a collection of non-vehicular issues. Pedestrians wandered across the bike lanes oblivious to established crosswalks and traffic lights. Joggers occasionally took up the entire lane, as did their slower, walking, counterparts. Tourists walking in the bike lane suddenly stopped to take pictures.
    "Why are you in the bike lane when you have the sidewalk?" said a perturbed fellow cyclist.
    Midtown
    The protected bike lane running along Broadway from 59th Street to Union Square was free of cars, but busy with pedestrian traffic. In Times Square and Herald Square, the bike lane cuts through a pedestrian mall, meaning bikers are supposed to get off and walk their bikes through those sections. But other portions of the pedestrian mall allow riders to continue on their bikes.
    The tourist magnets were so dense with pedestrians darting in and out of the lane from between parked cars without warning, many bikers may be inclined to avoid them entirely.
    There are also few east-west lanes in Midtown, making it difficult for riders to get crosstown while avoiding heavy traffic.
    Greenwich Village and West Village
    The village has a good number of lanes heading both north-south and east-west. People in the area seem a little more aware of the presence of the bike lanes and seem to honor the rules of the road.
    In addition, the vehicular traffic seems more considerate of bike riders, and DNAinfo found only the occasional double-parked car or slow-moving bus riding in the bike lanes.
    SoHo
    SoHo vendors' wares that spilled into the bike lane along Prince Street, instead of being tucked neatly beneath tables, forced riders to swerve out into the narrow streets several times. The chlaustrophobic neighborhood, where most lanes are restricted to a single passageway for vehicular traffic also attracts a thick stream of pedestrians, as well taxis hunting for fares.
    Several cabs pulled directly into the bike lane to drop people off or pick them up. Sometimes they put on their flashers before stopping, but usually there was little warning.
    Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's office conducted a three-day survey last October. Out of a total of 353 instances of lanes being blocked across Manhattan, 275 were obstructed by motor vehicles, according to the survey.
    The worst out of the 11 intersections Stringer's office observed was 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, which had 117 instances of the lane being blocked during the morning and evening rush hour.
    In all, DNAinfo's unscientific survey found mixed results about the current state of Manhattan's bike lanes. While they don't always ensure rider's safety, the lanes seem to provide the first step toward a more bike-friendly city transportation system.
    Transportation Alternatives spokesman Michael Murphy, whose organization has been a leading defender of the growing bike lanes, said they're working toward becoming as respected as any other restricted lane, such as the city's host of bus-only lanes.
    He added that the more the lanes are free of obstructions, the more likely new bike riders will consider using them. "By far the biggest problem is when cars park in the lane," Murphy said. "[When] you bike around them you're taking yourself into traffic. When every other block has a car parked in the lane, that's a problem."

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    Biker pulled over by NYPD for sexy outfit: 'I thought he was joking'




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    Morality Police!!!!!


    Wee-ooo-Wee-ooo-Weee-ooo!!!!!!


    (And the comments are BAD!!!! Yeah, the cop was probably HisPaNiC.... )

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