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IMG_0274 copy-002The author puts his guide to the test

We here at Untapped love all of DOT’s ventures, especially those pertaining to two-wheeled transportation. In our eyes, bike lanes are the bee’s knees and Citi Bike’s a triumph, never mind the latter’s losing money faster than your aunt playing slots.  We have to admit, however, that the department may have stumbled when it published the uptight and naive Bike Smart Guide. How many real New Yorkers are going to Stop at all red lights and stop signs“? Save that kind of talk for downtown Des Moines.

Though Untapped would never condone bicycle rule-breaking, we are, if nothing else, a practical gang. Temptation lurks at every traffic stop, and sooner or later even the best-bred cyclist skirts the letter of the law. So why not sin in style? Untapped proudly presents a biking guide for real New Yorkers.

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Each Citi Bike averages nearly 6 rides per day, more than the bike shares in Paris, London and Washington

Each Citi Bike averages nearly 6 rides per day, more than the bike shares in Paris, London and Washington

Smoking and soda bans aside, the reshaping of New York City’s streets has been among the most controversial hallmarks of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s three terms in office. But the bike lanes and concrete planters championed by Bloomberg were in fact the brainchild of his transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan. Along with the mayor, Sadik-Khan will leave City Hall at the end of this month, leaving behind a vast legacy of progressive transportation improvements that have altered the city’s streetscape more profoundly than any administration in at least the last 50 years. Sadik-Khan recently sat down with a handful of politicians, architects and planners at the Center for Architecture to assess six years’ worth of changes and speculate about what this city’s streets need next.

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According to the Rules of the City of New York, Section 4-08 (E)(9): “It is against the law to park, stand or stop within or otherwise obstruct bike lanes.” Photo from Cops in Bike Lanes by Mikey Q

Last month a new Tumblr surfaced called Cops In Bike Lanes, that is dedicated to calling out NYPD officers obstructing bike lanes. The blog was featured at Gothamist recently and was begun by a NYC cyclist who often uses these bike lanes to get around.

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Right of Way-Guerilla Bike Lanes-Vigilante-NYC-Street ArtThese signs have started cropping up on streets all around Midtown. 

What do you do when you are tired of the city lagging behind on a project that ensures the safety of many and can be easily accomplished by the citizens themselves? You forget the city and churn out some long-awaited bike lanes. As the Gothamist reports, members of the advocacy group Right of Way began to create a makeshift bike lane on 6th Avenue (from 42nd Street to Central Park) on Saturday.

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