New York City Protected Bike Lanes
In town for an event with Sony, I stayed at a Kimpton who loans out bikes for free. Each day, I rode to and from the event on New York City Protected Bike Lanes. Before my flight back to Seattle I also got out on the path that runs along the waterfront.
It was a glorious fall week.
However, my rides in the 11th ave lane were interrupted by construction, a truck, a crane, a food cart. What I know from riding around Manhattan for a few days is New Yorkers are not exaggerating when they complain about blocked lanes. They should complain because those lanes are meant to protect them and pedestrians from cars.
Bike lanes make New York more livable.
Back in Seattle, I read The NY Times story about the city building 250 miles of new lanes, as part of a $1.7 billion street safety plan to be adopted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council. The Mayor and City Council are responding to a spike in deaths.
Cancel Car Culture
Ultimately, I think its best to let the bike bloggers and advocates speak for themselves about their own city. I’m here to amplify the topic.
There wasn’t a ride where I felt unsafe or any driver was menacing me, but I sure do understand how dangerous it is to transition in and out of the lane with traffic bearing down on you. From the NYT story:
Riding a bicycle in New York City is often a harrowing journey across a patchwork of bike lanes that leave cyclists vulnerable to cars.
Now Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council have agreed on a $1.7 billion plan that would sharply expand the number of protected bike lanes as part of a sweeping effort to transform the city’s streetscape and make it less perilous for bikers.
You’ve probably head of cancel culture, it happens on social networks; well, I hope the mob targets the car next. 25 cyclists killed on New York streets is unacceptable.
If you want to read about what I was doing with Sony, here’s the post on my camera site.
Tern Launched BYB: Smallest Folding Bike
Earlier today, Tern launched the BYB. That’s their latest folding bike. BYB is an acronym for Bring Your Bike and it’s the smallest Tern to date. The ultra compact design is 30% smaller than a typical 20″ folding bikes, giving it a small folded footprint. It’d fit inside the GSD, another acronym-labeled bike from Tern.
The BYB is an urban bike meant to go everywhere with you and even tossed into an overhead of a plane.
Tern Launched BYB Pricing
The new BYB lineup includes two models: BYB P8 starting at $1,295, and BYB S11 is available at $2,495 respectively.
Besides the tiny fold, what Tern admirers will notice is how the front wheel is now secured with an anchor bolt, instead of their magnet.
That’s a welcome change.
The BYB incorporates ten separate Tern patented technologies, with highlights listed below.
- TriFold Technology—BYB uses a patented new method of folding a bicycle—with two hinges in the frame and one in the handlepost. The positioning of the two hinges is incredibly
complex—so complex that the patent includes a mathematical formula that describes the hinge positions, as well as alternative positions.
- DoubleDeck Frame— The BYB inherits the DoubleDeck frame design and the burly trapezoidal tubing from the GSD for a stronger, lighter frame.
- TFL Joint—Each hinge is also loaded with patented new technology and represents the state of the art in folding bicycle technology. The hinge rotates around stainless steel pivots sitting inside smooth Igus bearings. Levers lock shut automatically with strong aluminum pins. The TFL Joint is a complex 3D shape with internal interfaces with the frame tubes for a strong, durable connection.
- Anchor Bolt—The folded bike is locked together with a strong and patented Anchor Bolt mechanism, so the bike always stays securely locked no matter how you lift or carry the bike.
- Physis RF—Most folding bikes feature overly flexy handleposts which result in a ride best described as “riding a wet noodle”. The 3D-forged Physis handlepost is known for its stiffness and strength. This new RF version pairs with the stiff frame to form the foundation of the BYB’s excellent riding characteristics.
- Metro Transit Rack—The Metro Transit Rack was designed to let the BYB stand vertically when folded, and features spinner wheels that make maneuvering the BYB in crowded spaces a breeze. It pulls double duty by also working with small and mid-size panniers, like the Ortlieb Sport Roller.
Along with that impressive feature list, there’s a full line of accessories you can learn more about from Tern.