News round-up March 10, 2014

Now that it's almost spring, it's time to start worrying about how to prevent bicycle theft again... And if you missed the last one, maybe it's also time to start getting in shape for the next World Naked Bike Ride. Or you can just relax and watch this video of Jacob Hashimoto, a Brooklyn artist and cyclist who travels internationally to install his art and brings his bicycle with him when he goes. 

If you're into number crunching, Gothamist has an article on a report released by Hunter College that equates the increase in bike lane infrastructure and Citi Bike usage with a higher level of cyclist safety. The statistics on how NYC cyclists are changing makes for some interesting reading. An excerpt reads, "In 2009, 91 percent of riders were men. The disparity is still gaping, but it does seem to be closing: While men compose 78 percent of cyclists, the proportion of female riders has since doubled—thanks, in part, to Citi Bike." Streetsblogs also helps to quench your need for statistic satisfaction with this article on an NYU report showing Citi Bike popularity is quite likely due to the proximity of bike stalls to alternate transit options. For those of you who haven't purchased a Citi Bike membership yet, get in before they raise the prices! And for everyone who hasn't been on a bike all winter thanks to the polar vortex, you can contribute to this kickstarter which will convert a Citi Bike into an electric bike and save you from huffing and puffing your way around town. Just remember, safety first!

Speaking of safety, if you haven't heard about #visionzero, this New York Times article helps give an overview of what Bill De Blasio is trying to achieve. And Streetsblogs continues to document the carnage that happens until we do. On the positive side, Brooklyn Paper has this report on the Slope's 78th precinct as they fight to stop drivers from parking in bicycle lanes. And it looks like more of the double parking enforcement is coming to other neighborhoods!

Lastly, there was some bad news for rail to trails supporters, as a family trust won a supreme court ruling against allowing the Medicine Bow Rail Trail through their property on abandoned federally owned land previously used for rail lines.

P.S. This Thursday, March 13th is the annual Transportation Alternatives member meeting!