Eyes on the Street: Essex St., Lower East Side, Mon. 7/3/06

  • Classic slogan! I’ve often thought that instead of “No Blood for Oil” signs, the word Oil should be replaced by all the end uses or societal impacts of cheap oil – Sprawl, Traffic, Asthma, etc

    For the slightly vision impaired, the small words underneath “Bicycling” are: “A Quiet Statement”

    Some folks forget that one of the best features of bicycles is how ultra quiet they are. In fact they are so quiet that through the din of everyday noisy honking car and truck traffic, cyclists need to work extra hard through extremely bright clothing and loud bells to get the attention of a pedestrian (nevermind cars!)standing in their way. When pedestrians talk about “almost getting hit by a bike” I ask them – where were you standing? in the bike lane? were you on the look out for a bicycle? was there active traffic on the other side of the bicycle? would you be able to hear a cyclist’s bell given the level of noise where you were? etc


Bike & Ped Improvements Slated for Manhattan Bridge Approach

DOT plans to build a physically-separated two-way bike lane on this one block stretch of Canal Street at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. The project also includes pedestrian safety fixes. The Manhattan approach to the Manhattan Bridge, where Chinatown and the Lower East Side come together in a jumble, has long presented one of […]

Can Oklahoma City Become a Great Cycling City?

Portland. Minneapolis. Oklahoma City? Ok, so you probably won’t find that last one on any lists of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S. But with a little bit of effort, the city could change, says Eric Dryer at Bike OKC. In a lot of ways, Oklahoma City has all the right ingredients to be a […]

DOT Rolls Out the New Lower Manhattan Crosstown Bike Route

The street re-surfacing men and machinery were out in force in Soho last night. Houston Street Bike Safety Initiative Director Ian Dutton snapped this photo on Prince Street. Once the street is repaved, the Department of Transportation will stripe the hotly debated Prince and Bleecker Street bike lanes. Lower Manhattan’s newest east-west bike route is […]

Detroit to Add 50 Miles of Bike Lanes This Year

Detroit’s streets are changing, and it’s a beautiful thing to witness. Despite its recent bankruptcy, thanks to the help of philanthropic institutions in the area, the Motor City is moving to repair some of the damage that’s been done by decades of promoting the speed of cars over the health of neighborhoods. That includes new […]

St. Louis to Pedestrians: Drop Dead

Here’s a great example of the wrong way to handle a tricky pedestrian crossing in your town. At the request of a local hospital, the city of St. Louis recently removed a frequently-used crosswalk for at least the next two years, apparently in conjunction with nearby construction. The city didn’t just scrub away the markings — […]

Can Milwaukee Build a Downtown Stadium That’s Not a Disaster?

A promotional video for the Milwaukee Bucks’ new downtown arena promises the public a “ripple effect” for their investment of hundreds of millions of dollars, saying the stadium will “transform” the neighborhood with development and jobs. The whole thing is pretty over the top. Jeramey Jannene over at Urban Milwaukee has evaluating the recently unveiled stadium design. He notes that, for some […]