New York City 2012

Welcome to coverage of BikePortland’s visit to New York City. Publisher Jonathan Maus will attend the 2012 Designing Cities Conference hosted by the National Association of City and Transportation Officials (NACTO). In addition to the conference, he’ll report on NYC’s policymakers, activists, bike culture and projects.

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This trip has been made possible by:

Planet Bike

Lancaster Engineering

And by the financial contributions of readers like you… Thank you!

Biking beautiful in NYC: A photo essay

by on January 25th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Amazing outfit - upper west side
The glasses, the bike, the outfit, the face. Love it all. (Seen on the Upper West Side.)
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


The art of riding in New York City

by on November 19th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

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Art infuses the bicycling experience
in New York City.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

As you might have noticed, there were many things I liked about riding through the streets of New York.

While their bike-specific infrastructure is nothing to ignore, one aspect of the New York City bicycling experience that might get easily overlooked by engineers and planners is its interestingness. Maybe it was just because I love public art. Or perhaps it was simply because I was a tourist with fresh eyes. Either way, I couldn’t help but notice all the paintings, murals and other interesting art as I rode around.


Riding along with Molly Fair, a first-time bike commuter in New York

by on November 13th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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Molly Fair (right), was a bit unsure of what her first
bike commute into Manhattan would have in store.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Mark Gorton and the ‘American streets renaissance’

by on November 7th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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Livable streets activist Mark Gorton stands near the protected bike lane on Columbus Ave., just a few blocks from his home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Tales from a post-Sandy bus commute

by on November 3rd, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Bikes next to bus line
Huge lines formed for subway replacement buses, while bike traffic streamed by.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Commuting in the Manhattan blackout

by on November 3rd, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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New York bike commuters dared dark streets while biking the blackout in Lower Manhattan.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


While Sandy recovery continues, signs of hope on two wheels

by on November 1st, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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East Village residents happily hop onto a free bike-powered charging station provided by activist group Times Up.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


People on Bikes: Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan

by on November 1st, 2012 at 3:44 pm

(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the latest installment of People on Bikes. Our last one showed the fantastic people riding into Brooklyn via the Manhattan Bridge. That was before Sandy came to town. In the spirit of reminding the world that biking is alive and thriving here in New York City, I now present a post-Sandy People on Bikes.

Coverage from New York City
made possible by:

This morning I sat on a park bench in the middle of Delancey Street watching people stream down the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan. I saw an amazing cross-section of New Yorkers. Many of them looked like seasoned bike riders, but many others looked like perhaps they had just grabbed whatever two-wheeled vehicle they could find just to get into work (the subway is still not running in Lower Manhattan and bus service is spotty).

What stands out for me as I look through the entire set is that these folks have style. They look good! (#47 is one of my favorites). And there’s really no one in “bike clothes” — and thankfully, not one neon yellow jacket!

Have a look… (more…)

Biking and walking rule in a city sans subway

by on October 31st, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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While the subway tracks sat empty, the path on the Queensboro Bridge was at capacity this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Surveying the damage and the darkness in Lower Manhattan

by on October 30th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Church St., Lower Manhattan
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)