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It’s the Little Things

April 15, 2011

New York doesn’t go to the lengths Copenhagen does to accommodate cyclists during road work, but I’ve noticed a tiny move in that direction lately.  This is the Grand Street bike lane, where construction on a building on the south side of the street has made the sidewalk impassable.  The DOT installed a temporary pedestrian walkway, moved the bike lane over a few feet, and put in orange poles to demarcate the path.  It’s just one block, but it sends a signal that cyclists matter.  Even the sign tells me there’s a different institutional mindset at DOT these days.  As someone who uses this lane almost every day to get home, this makes a big difference in my ride.

Plus, did you notice?  Parking on this side of the street is gone for now.  Not a peep from the media!

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