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My NYC Biking Story: Steve O’Neill

Prospect Heights resident Steve O'Neill has been biking most of his 15 years living in New York City.  Last year he added to his daily roundtrip commute to Columbus Circle by dropping his son Beckett off at school, and the new Prospect Park West bike lane helps him do that safely.

As a subway trip it took 30 minutes, a subway transfer and nearly 200 steps, but by using the bike Beckett gets to school in just ten minutes.  He enjoys it and Steve says, "the last time I didn't ride it was winter and it was really snowy and he was begging to go on the bike instead of the subway."


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Steve O’Neill:  [00.16] I’ve been living in New York City for 15 years and biking for most of those.  For me it’s the easiest and most fun way to get around.  We started biking everyday this year because my son’s school is a 30 minute subway ride with about 200 steps up and down versus a ten minute bike ride, so it just made sense for our family.  The new Prospect Park West bicycle lane has been a big help in our commute to school.  It happens to be right on the way from our house to his school, and it goes directly where we need to go.  We come back the other way without having to go the long way around the park, and of course it’s very, very safe there, and it’s also a nice way for us to have some quality time together. 

 

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Steve O’Neill:  [01:02] Riding a bike in New York City is great.  The more you do it, the more you run into friends that you know.  It seems like I see someone on the Manhattan Bridge at least once a week, or I’d just run into people on the streets and we can chat.  Now, even over the winter, just astounding numbers of cyclists are riding over the bridge.  It seems like a non-stop stream of cyclists during rush hour.

 

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Steve O’Neill:  [01:24] When I first started cycling here 15 years ago, I couldn’t imagine taking a kid out anywhere in New York City really besides the park.  So the way the infrastructure is now it gives every person who lives in New York City another option of a way to get around.   

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Clarence Eckerson, Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Beststeve23

    nice video

  • Lani

    It's great to see such a nice, regular family using bikes as transportation.  Who on earth would be against bike lanes that help parents have a safe way to take their kids to school?

  • Marina

    Go Steve! Go Beckett!

  • http://twitter.com/eveostay Steve O.

    Thanks Clarence, for a really well-done piece about my family and for all your work to improve cycling in NYC!

  • David Goldstein

    It is stunning that people are suing to get rid of the bike lane that you use for this commute.

  • Anonymous

    I almost got weepy from this lovely video ... and I don't think being a pal of Steve's and knowing Beckett had much to do with that. It's so terrific. (Music good, too.) Thanks guys.

  • MR

    Fantastic.  That must be the most likeable guy in the world.

  • http://walkbikejersey.blogspot.com/ Andy B from Jersey

    Steve!  Replace that helmet! 

    Bare Styrofoam has a great ability to grip the asphalt in a crash.  If you crash with that thing on your head, you run the risk of breaking your neck, literally!  The Styrofoam will grip the pavement and twist your neck.  That is why all modern helmets have a smooth plastic shell.

    What's a helmet these days?!?!  Twenty bucks?!?!

  • http://twitter.com/eveostay Steve O.

    I know, thanks.  I even thought about it when I was putting it on to meet Clarence....

  • http://www.meetmedaily.com Nahsar

    truly inspiring to me..keep up the good work..thanks for sharing..

  • Sujit

    You are doing a fantastic job by giving us these inspiring videos. Keep up the good work.