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September 29, 2014


I’m presenting at the Cityworks (X)po in Roanoake, Virginia this weekend, speaking on the subject of Bikelash with Aaron Naparstek. With New York City’ experiencing a bad case of bikelash once again, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Our presentation will be updated to include some of the more recent examples of bikelash from across the country.

In case you missed our presentation at the National Bike Summit this year, Clarence Eckerson, Jr. put together this short video so you can get a taste. And, yes, Aaron and I are available to come to your city to help you treat bikelash. Contact me for more information.

Many thanks in advance to the X(po) organizers for including us at this event. It’s an honor to be among such a passionate group of speakers and presenters.


  1. jeff permalink
    September 29, 2014 9:42 pm

    I just heard your comments on Bike safety in central park, and the city as a whole on News 1 Mr. Gordon, and I could not disagree more. It’s not about cars in the parks, yes they are an issue but not here. This is about aggressive, bikers that have no regard for public safety. If I’m not mistaken when you decide to ride a bike you have a responsibility to operate that vehicle (bike) with the same regard for public safety as someone driving a car. Stop at red lights, be aware of your surroundings, especially at crosswalks & intersections, and remember you do have breaks. It’s not illegal to use them. It’s very common for bikers to be unwilling to slow down or to use the darn brakes, and become irate whenever someone steps in front of them to cross street. The lights in the park are there for vehicles, any vehicles using the roadway. If you really want to advocate on the behalf of something, advocate on the behalf of public safety!! They race, they ride in packs while racing, and are very rude. The city should put speed bumps 10 feet before crosswalks in the parks

  2. September 29, 2014 11:24 pm

    Hi, Jeff. Thanks for your comment. I think we agree more than you think we disagree. If you listened to what I said on the air, I made it very clear that the culture of racing and training at top speeds in the park needs to change. Part of how that can be accomplished – but by no means the only part – is by rethinking how the loop looks and feels. Right now it looks and feels like a place where cars can go fast, and that translates to how sport cyclists use it. Get the cars out, and the highway-like markings can be changed. The rules about who uses which lane can be made consistent, rather than being in effect for only a few hours at a time and then switching. I believe I mentioned that the lights are placed to optimize car travel; those too should be changed to maximize pedestrian safety. The city could also put in raised crosswalks, new signage, or other things that might slow cyclists downs at key pedestrian crossings. We can tinker around the edges all we want, but we won’t have a chance to truly rethink how the park loop can function better for people on foot and on bike until we stop using it as a high-speed shortcut for a handful of drivers a few hours a day.

    Please feel free to browse the rest of the blog or follow me on Twitter. I’m positive you’ll find that I advocate on behalf of public safety for all New Yorkers, especially pedestrians who, as I mentioned on the air, are the most vulnerable users of our streets.

    Thanks again.

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