Friday, November 2, 2012

Wind in the back for cycling in NYC

In post-storm New York, the bike is having a moment of sorts.  With subways still not running under the East River or between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, traffic snarled in many places and lines for buses stretching for blocks, many people in Brooklyn took to bicycles on Thursday to get where they had to go. “I’m extremely glad I have a bike right now — it’s one of the best assets you can have,” said James Emery, 22, who was riding on Thursday afternoon from Williamsburg to Red Hook to help a friend whose screen-printing business had been flooded. Thomas Jarrels, 46, who biked home to Crown Heights from his job as a sous-chef at a Midtown law firm, said he was glad to have had an impetus to bike to work. He said he was a bike messenger in the 1980s and loved biking, but had never commuted by bike until the storm disabled the subway. Transportation Alternatives staff & volunteers and the NY Bicycle Ambassadors are out in full force helping New Yorkers with their post Sandy commutes. Just pulling your bicycle out after a long time? Have no fear, we are here to help!

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