03/10/14 10:40am
citi bike

Look, these mobile ads aren’t paying for themselves. Photo by Mary Dorn

If there’s been one real problem with bike share in New York so far, it’s definitely not that the system is too small to be that effective outside of a section of Manhattan, it’s not that the two stations near the Brokelyn home offices are inexplicably empty all the time and it’s not that it’s not that the system has no timetable to expand. It’s that somehow, the system isn’t making any money. So, finally, the Department of Transportation is finally stepping in to fix that, with commissioner Polly Trottenberg telling the City Council that a rate increase isn’t out of the question to get the service up to profitability. (more…)

08/27/13 4:00pm
Just don't make it nice people crash their bike while admiring it. via NYC DOT Flickr

Just don’t make it nice people crash their bike while admiring it. via NYC DOT Flickr

Hey frustrated artists working at day jobs that are crushing your dreams, the city wants to hear from you. Well, to be fair, you don’t have to be a frustrated artist. But, the city is looking for artists to paint the traffic barriers separating bike lanes from car lanes, so why shouldn’t be you? (more…)

06/13/13 4:00pm
This could be your bike! via Wikipedia

This could be your bike! via Wikipedia

We’ve got to hand it to the city: they’re pretty good about giving things to people. Trees, compost, and it turns out you can also bother the Department of Transportation for some bike parking. Which is good news for those of us who don’t want to hurt trees or have to buy extra long chains that get around light poles that are really thick. (more…)

05/10/13 8:49am
Path to prosperitt. via Flickr user Kordite

Path to prosperity. via Flickr user Kordite

Bike lanes are a contentious issue in New York politics, just like a lot of bike-related issues are. Part of it is that people fear change, part of it is that Mike Bloomberg tends to be an imperious dickhead about installing them. But looking beyond the arguments, what are bike lanes good for? A ton of increased economic activity where they’re installed, it turns out. (more…)

You're gonna have to prove it. Photo by Rachel DeLetto

You’re gonna have to prove it. Photo by Rachel DeLetto

Last night, City Councilmember Letitia James convened a public hearing for residents of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill to talk about their opinions on the suddenly controversial bike share program, and it was slightly tense, as anything dealing with bikes is. People for and against the stations used “think of the children” as an argument, like a bunch of Helen Lovejoys, there were moments of booing and shouting and there was even a smattering of applause when James mentioned the vandalism of one of the bike stations, because we’re all reasonable adults here.

The biggest news to come out of the meeting though, turned out to be a boon for opponents of the program and a warning to supporters: if Citibike isn’t profitable, the city won’t be subsidizing it. So if it doesn’t make money for Citi and Alta Bicycle Share, the city will quietly shunt it off to the same scrap heap that houses all those unsold E.T. Atari cartridges. (more…)

02/06/13 11:30am
It'll be like you live on the bridge! via Flickr user Steve W Lee

It’ll be like you live on the bridge! via Flickr user Steve W Lee

Redecorating your apartment? Bought a place and want to throw paint at the walls just because you can? Just want to own a piece of Brooklyn ephemera? All of those sound like great ideas, but here’s the thing: paint costs money (and so do collectibles), and after shelling out for it, you’re not going to be in the mood to waste it. But what if you got cheap paint? And that cheap paint was supposed to paint the iconic span that is the Brooklyn Bridge? Well good news: now you can! (more…)

12/21/09 4:03pm
He should be worried.

He has reason to worry.

Icy roads mean scary driving conditions, and while pretty much everyone can adjust mirrors, buckle safety belts and flick on the turn signal, 9 out of 10 drivers install their child seats incorrectly, according to national stats. We’ll spare you the grim results, but holiday road trips, snowy highways and tipsy drivers make winter the best time to take advantage of the New York City Department of Transportation’s free car-seat inspection, available at Woodhull Hospital (760 Broadway) in Bed-Stuy. (Click here for locations in other boroughs.) The technicians, who’ve passed 32-hour certification courses will walk you through everything you need to know to keep the small fries safe. For instance: did you know that kids should not be strapped into a car seat wearing a puffy snowsuit or parka? The bulk increases the movement of a child in a crash, and that’s definitely not a good thing. For info, click here. To make an appointment at Woodhull, call 718-963-6858.