Tag: Bicycles and Bicycling

Cyclist Deaths in New York City: Accident or Crime?

When Umar Baig barreled through a red light at a terrifying speed and T-boned an S.U.V., sending it flying across the street into José Alzorriz, a cyclist, the moment was caught on dashboard cameras in Brooklyn. Mr. Alzorriz, 52, a bike-safety enthusiast from Spain, had just rolled up to the traffic light on the opposite […]

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The People of Central Park West Want Their Parking Spaces (Sorry, Cyclists)

The roadwork notices were tied to trees and signposts on a Friday along one of the world’s best-known streets. The following Monday, crews arrived on Central Park West and began setting up a protected bike lane, which eliminated about 200 parking spaces in an almost mile-long stretch. The next day, representatives for a luxury Central […]

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Commuting Has Always Been Soul-Crushing, but There Are Inspiring Options

As a matter of principle, it shouldn’t be such misery to get somewhere you don’t even want to go. That’s why commuting to work can awaken elemental feelings of dread, powerlessness and rage. You strategize. You wake early. You wedge your body into an obscenely packed subway or inch your car along a planet-killing freeway. […]

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Radical Traffic Experiment in N.Y.C.: Cars All but Banned on Major Street

New York City officials have carved out plazas for pedestrians in the middle of Broadway, a storied street where cars have ferried V.I.P.s in ticker-tape parades. They have taken away more and more traffic lanes and parking spots to make room for bikes and buses. Now, officials are taking their biggest step yet in making […]

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We’ve Blamed Traffic Deaths on Bicyclists Since 1880. What About Drivers?

On an early October evening in 1880, 17-year old Mary Porter was on horseback, returning home from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, when a nearby coachman lost control of his charge; the horse lunged toward her and she fell to her death. Blame was placed quickly. The coachman maintained that the horse had reacted to a […]

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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

As corporate giants like Ford, G.M. and Waymo struggle to get their self-driving cars on the road, a team of researchers in China is rethinking autonomous transportation using a souped-up bicycle. This bike can roll over a bump on its own, staying perfectly upright. When the man walking just behind it says “left,” it turns […]

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She Thought He Would Kill Her. Then She Complimented His Orchids.

After she regained consciousness, among the first things Nathalie Birli noticed were the orchids. Their delicacy and color stood out amid the chaos and grime dominating the dim room where she sat, bound and alone with a man who was threatening to kill her. Hours earlier, she had been transformed in seconds from happy new […]

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At Tour de France, Rules of the Road Are Often Unspoken

LIMOUX, France — On a muggy morning before another 115-mile race through the Pyrenees, the cyclist George Bennett peered at a few of us sweaty fourth-estate types, shrugged and said, “Looks like I have become a domestique.” Say what? Bennett, a 29-year-old from New Zealand, is one of the best professional cyclists in the world, […]

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Napa With the Family (Great Wine, Minimal Whine)

Historically, vineyard visits rank high on the eye-roll list for children. But California’s Napa Valley is trying hard these days to attract families, aiming to entertain visitors of all ages with hiking, biking, camps and non-snooty farm-to-table experiences. Even some vineyards are getting into the game, offering lawn games and grape juice tastings. According to […]

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My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman

I had just started my lunch shift when the phone pinged: Uber Eats, pickup at Cocina del Sur on West 38th Street in Manhattan, five blocks away. Great! I pedaled down West 40th into congealing crosstown traffic. Seconds later my phone ponged — different sound. Postmates, another delivery app: Pick up two orders at Shake […]

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On the Road With the Tour de France

ImageThibaut Pinot after falling behind the main group at the Tour de France.CreditJeff Pachoud/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images ALBI, France — I was late, oh so late, and my car’s GPS had expired in the midst of remote vineyards and stands of cypress and golden fields of humanoid-looking sunflowers. So this American hurtled down medieval […]

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6 Years Later, Citi Bike Comes to the Bronx. (What Took So Long?)

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Citi Bike, New York City’s bike-share program, arrived six years ago and has become increasingly popular, helping make cycling an important piece of the transportation network. New Yorkers and tourists now take more than 70,000 Citi Bike rides per […]

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New York Was Supposedly Getting Better for Cyclists. What Happened?

On a particularly humid evening this week, hundreds of cyclists gathered in Washington Square Park for an action reminiscent of the years when AIDS summoned so many to protest bureaucratic indifference to tragedy. After several speeches addressing the need for cyclists to be better protected on the road, those who came to the park staged […]

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Cyclist Killed by Cement Truck and 2 Other Deaths Spur ‘Emergency’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A bike messenger was fatally hit by a truck while riding in morning traffic in Manhattan. Three days later, another cyclist was struck and killed by a car in Brooklyn. And four days after that — less than four […]

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