Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Where you at?

Where you at?
I'm at that bike rack.
Where you at?
I'm at that bike pump.
Where you at?
I'm at the bike rack.
Where you at?
I'm at the combination bicycle rack bike pump!

In Amsterdam. 

Too bad it didn't work.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

No thanks

Is this real or an onion parody?

The strange thing is I think it's real.

[thanks to J.B.]

The Little Things in Life

I was heading to Long Island City and was grumbling in anticipation about the very brief wrong way under the bridge to get under the 7 tracks on 23rd Street. That short block was two-way till about a year or so ago.

Well I'll be damned if they haven't put in a little painted bike line going the other direction. It may small, but it's the thought that counts. And it actually does makes all the difference to make biking just a little more pleasant!

 Here's a picture not from the OK old days or the good new days, but the more recent, bad days:

Now there's a bike lane on the right, where the cars were. Talk about win-win!

Also, David Byrne has a nice pro-bike piece in the Times today. I'm always surprised that his writing isn't better than it is, but he's still good for the cause.

Friday, May 11, 2012

I want to share, too!

The bike-share locations are out! And Astoria gets exactly... zero. The closest is at the base of the Queensburo Bridge. And the related story in the Times.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Stupid Headline of the Day

From Gothamist: "CitiBike, NYC's Bike Share, Will Cost $77 For A Four-Hour Ride." Oh my gosh!!! Who has $77 for a 4-hour ride? They're not free! Except they kind of are... if you're willing to by a year membership for $95. The idea is you don't take one of these for a four-hour ride. The purpose is to get from point A to point B. And almost all Point A's and Point B's are less than 45 minutes from each other, by bike. And for less than 45 minutes, the bike is free (that said, 60 minutes might have been better). But if your commute is more than 45 minutes one way, maybe you should have your own bike. Here's the idea. You're not supposed to lock the bike and see a movie. You're not supposed to keep the bike with you as you make out with your loved one on the water front. You're supposed to get a bike, ride the bike to another bike station, and leave it there. That is how it works. And it seems to work well in other cities. Let's hope it works well here. Here's the actual pricing scheme.

Monday, May 07, 2012

The Bike Sharing!

This is very good, right? I'm not certain why I'm not more excited. Maybe it's because I already have a bike. Still, it looks way cool in other cities, where I've seen it.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Thank you for not stealing my bike

I've always suspected that a good chuck of stolen bikes aren't locked. Why? Because we all forget to lock our bike every now and then. Two days ago I pulled up to my house, put my bike in it's "parking place" outside, and started chatting with my neighbor and petting his dogs. Then I brought in my groceries and beer and that was that. About 30 hours later I leave the house and go to hop on my bike. I notice, quite obviously, that the U-lock is hanging from the handlebars. Not only is the bike not locked but even the casual passer-by would see so. Luckily, my bike was still there. So thank you, Astoria, for not stealing my bike. I promise to try and not let this happen again.