Kicking-Off Bike Month
If you haven't heard yet, it is bike month in New York. This year over 200 rides, tours, and events are planned. To help kick things off, City Commissioners & Transportation Alternatives held a bike ride down 9th Avenue's protected bike lane and a press conference in the pedestrian plaza on 14th Street. Watch some highlights including: Paul Steely White and City Commissioners Janette Sadik-Khan, Adrian Benepe and Jane Beddell.
Paul Steely-White: [00:00] Welcome to the 17th annual Bike Month. This year, 2008, we have more to celebrate in terms of safe bicycling than ever before.
Janette Sadik-Khan: [00:14] The bike is not just about this day or this month, it’s an integral part of our transportation network. Biking has grown 75% since 2000. Our goal is to double that by 2015, and we’re doing that by putting down new bike lanes, like the 9th Avenue bike lane that you can see here between 16th Street and 23rd Street. And we’re looking to roll out more of that over the course of the year. You can see what we’ve done here to transform all of this concrete asphalt and steel over a two month period of time into a new park. We’ve also moved forward with the Gansevoort Plaza, and we’re going to be doing more of the kinds of streetscape transformations that you’re starting to see here.
Adrian Benepe: [00:57] We now have 100 miles of greenways going through parks. And we’ve added 30 since Mayor Bloomberg has taken office. There’s another 40 in design or construction and these in-park greenways connect with on-street bike paths. So the reason is to get out and you can ride to work, you can ride for pleasure, but you can also ride for health.
Jane Beddell: [01:15] You may know that New York City is in the middle of an obesity epidemic. Over two-thirds of our adults are overweight or obese, and only half of our children are at a healthy weight. Biking is one of the ways that people can get fit and stay fit and exercise and have fun. So we encourage everybody to get out, try it out in May, but maybe you’re going to stick with it if it works for you.
[01:40] This May we have over 200 events for Bike Month. This
Saturday we have Bike to Shea Day. We have National Bike to Work
Day next Friday, May 16th when not just New Yorkers but people
all over the country will be giving bicycling a try, some for the first
time. So go to bike month nyc dot org where you can see all of
the great events for Bike Month.