Cyclists push for more bike lanes on bridges

Hello Kitties: Winged lions form the base of a lamppost at Montague Street’s Chase Bank branch. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Cyclists push for more bike lanes on bridges

Bicycle advocates rallied last week to demand more bike lanes on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges. “As people continue to venture out more in a safe and socially-distanced way, we need to provide more protected space for them to do so,” said Katherine Willis, an organizer for Transportation Alternatives’ new campaign Bridges4People. Bicycle trips on these four spans have increased more than 22 percent this August over August 2019. The activist want to remove two car lanes on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

Eugene to give out free food

Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (D-Crown Heights-East Flatbush-Flatbush, Kensington) is partnering with local organizations to provide free food and masks to residents facing food insecurity during the

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Bike ride supports push for equality | Local

Fort Wayne’s first Bike Ride for Black Lives drew about 200 cyclists to Tillman Park on the city’s southeast side, including Alaysia Williams – although she had to rent a bike to participate.

The 19-year-old from Fort Wayne said that’s just how much the cause meant to her.

“My motivation is that I would like to see our community come together,” said Williams, who is Black. “It’s not about violence and shootings. It’s about educating our community, and helping our young people.”

Organizers said the event was put together by a new group, Fighting Injustice and Racial Matters, or FIRM. The group came into being after the protests in reaction to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. The Urban League assisted in hosting.

The ride spanned 8 miles on trails, symbolic of the 8 minutes and 46 seconds a police officer’s knee was on

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A Push to Return U.K.’s ‘Motor City’ to Its Cycling Roots

COVENTRY, England — Through leafy suburban streets, then up and over a narrow bridge, the path for cyclists heading north into Coventry seems smooth and easy until it ends abruptly — at a busy four-lane “ring road” with no on ramp.

Here, as cars roar by, the choice is stark: Get off your bike and navigate a grimy pedestrian underpass, or head home.

As with Detroit, Coventry’s 20th-century development was shaped by automobile manufacturing, and although those factories have vanished, the road network is what you might expect of Britain’s “motor city.”

Now cyclists are fighting back with a campaign that blends arguments about health, the environment, the coronavirus pandemic — and history.

“If you look at the health crisis, the air quality crisis, the obesity crisis, the Covid crisis — time and time again the bicycle shows it has a real part to play,” said Adam Tranter, a bicycling

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