Monday, December 12, 2016

Bike Books NYC

A new magazine, book, and zine store opened in Brooklyn: Quimby's NYC. There is an amazing collection of bike literature. The best in the city gathered in one place, dare I say. It's not Astoria, but it's well worth biking to. The proprietor started Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago in the 1990s. And then he lived in Amsterdam for a long time, where he picked up the bike bug. Yes, he keeps his bike in the store. Quimby's NYC is located at 536 Metropolitan Ave, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

It's here!!!

After years in the waiting. The bike lane to Brooklyn is reality.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Queensboro Bridge Closure, 10pm - 5am, weeknights in April

Don't get caught. But there is a shuttle bus, which is 1990s old-school fun, baby!
Queensboro Bridge Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Closure Notification: The North Outer Roadway will be Free shuttle bus service and bicycle transport will be provided during these times. The bicycle and pedestrian path along the Queensboro Bridge will be fully closed Monday to Friday from 10 pm to 5 am the next morning through April 2016 to facilitate utility construction. The work is scheduled to begin on or about March 28 and may continue for several months. Con Edison may close the bicycle and pedestrian path Monday through Friday, from 10PM until 5AM the next morning. Con Edison will operate shuttle buses across the bridge every 15 minutes. A second vehicle will be provided to transport bicycles.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Astoria Park Bike Lane

Our Community Board actually approved a bike lane! This should be a vast improvement. Both for bikes and for limiting traffic by the park.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

It's better in Queens!

A protected bike lane on Queens Blvd.? I never thought it would happen. Thank you NYC DOT and  Jimmy Van Bramer!

But of course it's kind of just a starter phase....

That said, there has been real improvement. Citibike in LIC! Not yet Astoria. (And I won't hold my breath, but I never thought I'd see Citibike in Queens.) I love citibike!

And, oh yeah, Queens has officially jumped the shark. (Though the problem isn't tourists. I welcome them. It's rich people raising the rents, both residential and commercial, that worry me.)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Loose Screws is Back

If you need small parts, Loose Screws guys were (and I assume will continue to be) the best! Here's the part of the email I got from them. It's totally a free plug for them. I wish them the best!
Thank you for your support and patience waiting for Loose Screws to reopen. We are now based in Irvine, CA.

1. There is no longer a minimum order amount. We got a bit more automated and its easier for us to process orders now. Buy that small part you need and enjoy!
2. Shipping has been simplified. A low rate for U.S. orders up to $74.99. Hit $75 and shipping is free!
3. The sorting of the products has been geared towards more common/popular products. This helps in search mode as well.
4. We now have a blog, our Loose Screws Helpful Blog takes all of the experience we have built up over the years, and puts it out there, for all to see. See

Again, we're very excited to be back and serving those who love to commute and tour by bicycle. Of course, we also greatly admire our racing oriented customers. Keep pushing!

Questions? Shoot an email to We're always happy to help with tech and setup questions.
-Steven Arlint
Presiding Mr. Loose Screws
Loose Screws Bicycle Small Parts

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Ballerina on the Golden Bicycle

Lilly Yokoi She rode a fixie before there was such a thing. Though it is funny that of all the amazing things she does, is that she gets hearty applause for a pseudo track stand. If you don't want 4:22 minutes, just start at min 2 for some smooth moves! And if you only got 15 seconds in your busy life, watch from 3:55 to 4:10.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Finally a bike lane in Astoria!

A two-way bike lane in Astoria! When this is done, one will be able to bike all the way from Astoria to downtown Brooklyn more or less on a dedicated bike line. That is progress!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Bike share, more bikes, fewer injuries

Remember all those people saying Citibikes were bad because bicyclists would be killed right and left? Now only doesn't that happen, but bike injuries in cities with bike share have gone down. This isn't surprising since we know more bikes equal more safety for bicyclists. But it's still nice to know. And I hate to jinx anything, but has a single person on a Citibike been killed? What is it about talking about bikes and helmets that makes people, including Washington Post headline editors, get so looney? Of course the initial story in the Washington Post reported the opposite, which was completely wrong.


That headline was half-ass corrected (in their words, "updated") to read: "Proportion of head injuries rises in cities with bike share programs" God forbid the headline would actually report that injuries (including head injuries) are down.

And of course one would expect the proportion of head injuries to go up when more bicyclists do not wear helmets. (I'm just guessing, but I'm pretty sure that bike share riders are less likely to wear helmets.)

But total head injuries are down! In other words, an effective way to reduce head injuries is not to get bicyclists to wear helmets, but to get more people to bike, helmeted or otherwise.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dutch bike infrastructure

Pretty cool. Though honestly, as a biker, I don't understand why you want a circle. Bikes don't need traffic circles. Still, it's a great way to cross the road. Traffic circles are horrible for bicyclists.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan!

For spending $650 million of your own money while making this city a better place. I've lived here 12 years. So it's hard for me to imagine this city without your rich cranky benevolence. And particular thanks for appointing Janette Sadik-Khan. We'll miss both of you, but her moreso! Muchas Gracias!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cycling vs Cars

In New York (and most of America) all you have to say after your kill a bicyclist is, "I didn't see him (or her)!" That's it. You go home. No ticket. No crime. I guess you have to file a claim to get your car fixed. The Economist looks at hypotheticals in the Netherlands:
• Let's say a truck is making a turn onto a high-speed four-lane street in The Hague, and rides over a cyclist in the bicycle lane. The accident is witnessed by a very reliable observer whose testimony is likely to stand up in court—say, the prime minister of the country. Who is at fault, and will have to pay damages and/or face criminal penalties? Answer: the truck driver. • But what if the same accident occurs on a two-lane street with no designated bicycle lane, so the bicycle is riding out in traffic? And what if there are no witnesses or video evidence? Who is at fault then? Answer: the truck driver. • What if there was a separate traffic light for bicycles at this intersection, and the cyclist was clearly running a red light? Answer: still the truck driver. • Okay, so...what if the bicycle was coming the wrong way up a one-way street, arrived at the intersection at the same time as the truck, and despite the fact that the truck was on the right, the bicycle seized the right-of-way and dashed straight across the intersection? Answer: the truck driver would have to pay at least 50% of the cyclist's damages, unless he can prove there was no way he could have seen the cyclist. • Fine. What if a tornado is racing through the streets of some Dutch town, picks the truck up, and hurls it into the bicyclist, who is in the middle of running a red light while going the wrong way up a one-way street, no hands? Answer: the truck driver will probably not have to pay the cyclist's damages, unless the cyclist was 14 or younger, in which case the truck driver will have to make an extra effort to prove that there was nothing he could have done to avoid the accident. To sum up: in the Netherlands, if a motor vehicle hits a cyclist, the accident is always assumed to have been the driver's fault, not the cyclist's.
The logic? "The law treats pedestrians and cyclists as weaker participants in traffic." Needless to say, it's much safer to bike in the Netherlands. In conclusion:
This regulatory regime places an extra burden on drivers. That burden can be summed up as follows: before you turn, you have to check carefully in the mirror to see whether there's a cyclist there. That's it....So I guess it depends on how much one values human life, as against the inconvenience of having to look in the rearview mirror more often.