News round-up May 22, 2014
May is National Bike Month! In honor of the spring cycling season, let's all pay homage to Velominati Rule #6: "Your mind is your worst enemy. Do all your thinking before you start riding your bike. Once the pedals start to turn, wrap yourself in the sensations of the ride – the smell of the air, the sound of the tires, the feeling of flight as the bicycle rolls over the road."
According to the latest census report, there's been a 60% increase in bike commuting in America over the last ten years! Not sure what this all means? Listen to the Streetsblog Talking Headways podcast devoted to the report in order to understand more. In related news, The League of American Bicyclists is not upgrading NYC from silver to gold in the bicycle friendly community program, because we still have a ways to go. League President Andy Clarke stated, "Looking forward, continued expansion of the bikeway and bike share system and actions arising from the welcome adoption of a Vision Zero strategy — hopefully with the full participation of the NYPD — will ensure further progress towards the Gold level.” Just one look at The Weekly Carnage explains how much improvement is still needed...
5BBC also had a booth at the Park Slope Bike Jumble earlier in May, but if you missed it, don't worry! June 1 is the Red Hook Bike Jumble, held in conjunction with Transportation Alternative's Tour de Brooklyn!