2014 has been a pretty good year as far as livable streets in New York City go, most notably with the reduction of the city’s default speed limit to 25 mph. It’s a huge step in the right direction, a major victory for Families for Safe Streets, and a sign of good things to come.
This past year was also an interesting year for me here on the blog and off of it. I was privileged to meet so many loyal readers in the flesh at various events and, much to my delight, every now and then during my rides to and from work. I truly appreciate everyone’s comments, criticism, tips, and friendly hellos.
For the curious – or in case you missed them – here are my three most popular posts of 2014:
- “Dawn of the Planet of the Longtails,” a look at the family bike that’s slowly taking over New York City.
- “The New Yorker Versus Vision Zero,” my response to Nick Paumgarten’s “Talk of the Town” piece on the new 25 mph speed limit.
- “Bored to Death,” a deep dive on Timothy Egan’s op-ed in the New York Times about what actually makes cities safe for cycling.
I’ll take that as advice for 2015 – apparently my readers like pictures of cute kids on bikes and long posts involving media criticism.
As this year ends, I’d be remiss if I didn’t put in a plug for the organizations that are working to make a safer city and that serve as my inspiration in so many ways. If you’re still looking to make a year-end charitable donation, the wonderful folks at Streetsblog and Streetfilms as well as Transportation Alternatives will put your money to good use. With all that we have left to do to advance Vision Zero and make a better New York City, I hope you’ll give them your support.
Have a safe and happy New Year.