hurricane sandy

City of Portland releases video about bikes in New York City after Sandy

Avatar by on November 29th, 2012 at 11:57 am

“Bikes prove useful in Sandy aftermath,”
reads PBEM home page.

The idea that bicycles can play a large role in how cities respond to natural disasters continues to gain momentum. What started as something of a niche curiosity here in Portland, has matured into a serious topic of discussion among bike advocates and the national media (thanks in large part to superstorm Sandy). Now it seems city governments are taking note. And again, Portland is taking the lead.

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management has just released a video about the role bicycles played in Sandy. I thought they were making a more general video about bikes and disasters; but it turned out to focus entirely on my post-Sandy experiences in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I was happy to share my perspectives on the topic and I’m excited that PBEM has taken such a keen interest. Watch the video below…[Read more…]

Tales from a post-Sandy bus commute

Avatar 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)

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While Sandy recovery continues, signs of hope on two wheels

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

Times Up bike charging station -4

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

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Biking and walking rule in a city sans subway

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

NYC sans subway-11

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

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Biking Brooklyn after Sandy

Avatar by on October 30th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Cycling the aftermath of Sandy-29

Bushwick resident Avery Brooks rides past piles of bricks that fell of a building near Kent Ave. in Williamsburg.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

After last night’s dramatic storm, New Yorkers woke up this morning to see what Sandy had left behind. She made a mess. A big mess.[Read more…]