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REI Comes to NYC

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Here comes REI. The large outdoor equipment and clothing coop with over 3.5 million members, listed as on of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For", is moving into NYC, opening on December 2.

New REI Coming

The store will be located inside the beautiful Puck Building on Lafayette St, just south of Houston St (and only two blocks from Bicycle Habitat, one of our favorite bike shops in the world).

New York City's Imminent Bicycling Tipping Point

Image from NYC Bike Share

Bike share in NYC

In mid-20th century urban America, whites emigrated en masse from racially mixed inner-cities to racially homogenous suburbs. According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, this white flight from cities occurred abruptly once the African American share of the population in each city reached a critical level, perhaps 20%. Very little white emigration took place while African Americans made up less than 20% of a city's population. However, once the percentage of African Americans reached 20%, massive white emigration occurred suddenly. Gladwell calls situations like these -- where significant change occurs precipitously when a particular condition is met -- tipping points. 

NYC Launches CityBench Program!

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Yesterday, NYC DOT launched a new program to install benches on sidewalks throughout the five boroughs. We applaud the City because we believe that improvements for pedestrians are also good for bicyclists--the new CityBench Program responds to the growing trend that recognizes that cities need to provide better support to the various modes of transport: walking, bicycling, bus, and train, as well as cars.


(Image from DOT via Gothamist)

Ride the City - Bogota


Image from La Vida Es Loca

In the United States, there’s an easy way to find out how cities rank on the scale of bicycle friendliness. The League of American Bicyclists ranks cities and publishes a bicycle friendly community list. As far as we can tell, there isn’t a similar community in Latin America, so we don’t really know how each city compares, which is something something that is really needed (anyone?). Nevertheless, we know that some cities in Latin America promote cycling and bicycle culture much better than others. One city that’s recognized by everyone is Bogotá, which has more than 180 miles of bike paths (ciclorutas) that connect most parts of the city and Ciclovía, Bogota’s car-free Sundays that celebrate bicycling, walking and streetlife that inspired NYC’s Summer Streets. (Although Bogotá has a great bicycle network, currently there’s a lack of the political will to support bicycle culture. With mayoral elections approaching at the end of October, we hope the new mayor gives bicycling more importance.)

For these reasons, it gives us great pleasure today to launch Ride the City – Bogotá. Ride the City is a bike routing service created to help bicyclists find an easy way to ride from one part of the city to another. With Ride the City – Bogotá, Colombians now have one more tool to help themselves travel around the city sustainably and healthfully.

Brooklyn Bike Jumble! (Sat, 9/24)

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This year's Fall Brooklyn Bike Jumble will be held on Saturday, September 24th at the Old Stone House at 4th street and 5th avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Here's the schedule:

9:30AM - 10:30AM - The day will commence with awards ceremony and the start of the New York to Philadelphia stage of the East Coast Messenger Stage Race

Ride the City - Eugene

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Everyone knows Eugene, Oregon is the running capital of the world: Track Town USA, where Prefontaine helped give birth to Nike. As a result the city now has miles and miles of running trails. Well, it turns out that it's also got lots of bike lanes and bike paths. So many, in fact, that the League of American Bicyclists ranks Eugene as the fifth best city in the U.S. for bicycling (behind Boulder, Portland, Davis, and Corvallis).

Well today we're proud to launch one more free resource to help Eugeneans get around by bike: Ride the City - Eugene. Ride the City is like other routing applications except that it prioritizes bike paths, bike lanes, and shared roads to give you safe bike routes: Put in a start address and and end address and Ride the City will tell you how to get from point A to point B on a bike.

A-T-L Georgia, what we do for ya

Critical Mass - Atlanta. Image from Dustin C

We're in high summer and the streets are steamy. In the south, the streets are even hotter and more humid where it's probably really hard to ride a bike during this time of the year. The hot summers may be partially to blame for the low numbers of bicyclists, but it has a lot more to do with expansive cities that were primarily designed for the car. But things are changing little by little and the south is becoming more friendly to bicycles.

We're doing our part to support this paradigm shift today by launching Ride the City - Atlanta. With Ride the City, bicyclists in Atlanta now have one more tool to find a safe way to bike from one part of town to another using the web or mobile applications (available on iPhone or Android).

Minneapolis / St. Paul launch!

This guest blog post is brought to you by Erik Carlson.

Ride the City Twin Cities has launched! Yes my two-wheeled friends you have a new way of navigating the best bike city in the good ol' U.S. of A. What's more, Ride the City launched on the summer solstice. Warm weather, more than 15.5 hours of sunlight, and great bike routes... cue hallelujah chorus!

iPhone app update: Ride the City 1.4

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Version 1.4 of the Ride the City iPhone app is in the Apple Store!

This new update includes the following:

  1. High resolution display
  2. A new map legend with a couple new icons (Thanks to Kelly and Glyphish!)

Some screen shots:

High resolution display: Finally! Now you can read the display crisp and clear

I ♥ NY… again

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I’ve been secretly cheating on New York City. I think it was more of an emotional affair; visiting other towns during evenings and weekends. Daydreaming of another city during the week, longing to return to its embrace. We had taken one another for granted and I even considered leaving but couldn’t imagine life without it. I decided to reawaken the love of my hometown by exploring the city; embracing its diversity, excitement and resilience.  Somehow we lost our way with the daily pressures of living full throttle in this city. I wanted to see NY in its purest form, explore the body of its streets and the pulse of its people. I wanted to know if it loved me back and decided to enlist another childhood love (a bike); hoping that it too had not turned its back on me because of my fear and indifference. 

On May 1, 2011, I began my journey in the 5 Boro Bike Tour with 32,000 other lovers of bikes and streets. I was determined, excited and woefully unprepared. With a bike more suitable for Mother Goose on a supermarket run than someone about to embark on a 43-mile journey, I set off from Battery Park.  As I pedaled furiously, being passed by the elderly and small children alike, I immediately knew that this was going to be more difficult than I had anticipated. My beach cruiser and I traveled the length of Manhattan and crossed the bridge into the Bronx. Note to self: bridges are really steep and those gear things have a purpose so you need more than three!

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