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NYC is Back in Business: Post Sandy, Queens Mode Montage

NYC has suffered greatly post superstorm Sandy. While we still have a long ways to go, people are starting to go back to work and venture out of their homes.

Thursday marked the first day of modest subway restoration. It also saw the return of limited ferries. As well as a full MTA bus schedule and Mayor Bloomberg's emergency order declaring all vehicles crossing the East River Bridges must have three occupants. But the numbers of people using their feet and bicycles is huge and an always encouraging sign. Streetfilms was up early in Queens near the Queensboro Bridge to see how people were using all the transportation options out there.  Here's the montage we got.

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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  • http://karenlynnallen.blogspot.com/ Karen Lynn Allen

    It looks like the bicyclists of New York City are at a significant advantage compared to their fellow residents. 

    1) They can get places quickly, directly, and for free, all with little effort.
    2) They have little uncertainty how long it will take them to get somewhere.
    3) They are not wasting their time waiting in line for gasoline.
    4) They are not subjecting themselves to violence as they wait in line for gasoline.
    5) They are freeing up gasoline for use by transit, public safety and emergency vehicles.
    6) They are freeing up space on the limited public transit that exists so that there's room for those not able to walk or bike.
    7) They are boosting their immune systems so they are less likely to get sick.
    8) They are getting exercise so are less likely to incur debilitating illness later in life.
    9) If they ride through parks, they are getting some connection with nature and so are happier and more cheerful during a very stressful period of time.
    10) They are releasing endorphins through exercise so they are happier and more cheerful during a very stressful period of time.

    Pedestrians also incur benefits 1 - 10, but bicyclists have six times the range. Perhaps bicycles should start being included in everyone's emergency preparedness kit?

  • Andy B from Jersey

    Nice video Clarence.  You know the entire bike/ped planning world is watching this right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cullen-Carter/1012508565 Cullen Carter

    New York cycling seems very mellow too. They're not in a sporty rush to get anywhere. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/MegLikesBikes MegO!

    1 <3 NYC! Xo

  • Ben Kintisch

    Agreed with Karen. Bicycling is pretty great for people to feel happier. Along with a strong safety net, I think great bicycling culture is what makes the Danes and the Dutch super happy in the annual happiness surveys. Every day I ride my bike to work I usually feel the happiness boost. Each day I choose not to ride in I feel grumpy.

  • Irvindawid

    GREAT VIDEO - enjoyed music accompaniment too. 
    Question: is Midtown tunnel still down?
    What's missing - really obviously, in the LIRR - is it down or operating?
    NY transplant to CA