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Email I sent to NY Daily News and Dep. of Transportation(9 posts)

Email I sent to NY Daily News and Dep. of Transportationonespeed
Jan 7, 2003 9:07 AM
In light of the recent strike fears that forced Mayor Bloomberg to buy a "strike bike" and tout commuting alternatives, why would he then ignore the safety of the bridge commuters (bicyclists and pedestrians) and allow the bridge walkways to ice up to a perilous degree. As a year round bike commuter I am in awe of the level of neglect the Brooklyn Bridge has received this winter. How much does a little salt cost?
re: Email I sent to NY Daily News and Dep. of TransportationMike-Wisc
Jan 7, 2003 9:53 AM
Maybe instead you should have requested the opening up to legal use for bicycles of all bridges and roadways leading into and out of the city. Then mandate that all city businesses provide free and safe and secure bicycle parking for all employees. Then mandate that bicycle thefts will be classified the same as motor vehicle thefts since bicycles are vehicles. Then finally declare a bicycle day one week day every two weeks where the only vehicles allowed on city roadways are bicycles, tricycles, and unicycles.
I like the way you thinkFrith
Jan 7, 2003 10:52 AM
I just can't tell if you're being serious.
I like the way you thinkMike-Wisc
Jan 7, 2003 11:39 AM
Serious? Yes. Realistic? No.
It would be nice, but I don't see it happening too soon.
I do think all the bridges could be opened up to bicycle traffic though. And I do think it'd be possible to have a city-wide bike to work day for one day out of the year where only bicycles were allowed. When I used to live in Seattle they shut down the freeway express lanes on I-5 on a weekend day (once a month in the summer I think) for bicycles only. You would litterally see thousands of cyclists on it. Don't know if they still do it though. When they build the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge I personally thought it was stupid to not put a pedestrian or bikeway along it, more so now with the amount that Bellevue has boomed and with the university at the western end of the bridge.

But I digress. Yes, I was serious about most of it. ;) We can only hope and dream and try. And one day we might succeed if we do try.
Have you tried to raise this issue w/ . . .Sintesi
Jan 7, 2003 10:03 AM
Transportation Alternatives. This seems like an easily addressable problem, maybe they can contact someone at city hall.
I actually calledonespeed
Jan 7, 2003 10:16 AM
The department of Sanitation and they told me they were going to send someone out to salt the bridges today. I am interested to see if it is ice free for my ride home tonight.

It was scary as hell riding across this morning. I actually sent a picture to the Daily News.
If nothing happens, here's a couple more #'sSintesi
Jan 7, 2003 12:34 PM
Call the Mayor's Quality of Life Action Line (real people 24 hrs a day): 888-677-5433 or 888-677-LIFE.

Call DOT at 212-225-5368 and hit 0 to skip the message and speak with a human. You can also report them online at transalt.org/
hazard.

Got those from the TA site.

Let us know what kind of service you get. I'm curious.
re: Bloomberg Strike BikeKeeponTrekkin
Jan 7, 2003 10:28 AM
I suspect hizzoner's bike purchase and promise to ride were part of his negotiation strategy. Shortly after the settlement he gave the strike bike to a kid (teenage boy, I think, without the family or resources to buy one). An honorable act but not exactly bike advocacy.

I can probably understand that bike advocacy is pretty low on his priority list in spite of (my and) this forum's belief in it.

Hope Sanitation does its job on that ice.....

KoT
Actually. . .Sintesi
Jan 7, 2003 12:32 PM
From what I understand, Bloomberg is the most bike friendly mayor we've had since Ed Koch tried bike lanes back in the 70's. Bloomy's already approved plans to have a bike path go all around Manhattan island. They just got rid of those awful stairs on the Williamsberg bridge. So at least that's some progress.

But then again, "Mike's bike" was actually nothing more than free advertisement for Cannondale.