Building a Bike-Friendly Community

Meeting with Syracuse Traffic Planner Paul Mercurio on 10/21

Posted by Steve Reiter on October 20, 2014

After a long pause, BikeCNY started meeting again this past summer.  (After an even longer pause, I updated the website.)

We will be meeting at 5:30 on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Brady Faith Center, 404 South Ave.,
Syracuse, New York 13204. (Across from the Southwest Community Center).

Come join us!

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Interstate Bicycle System

Posted by Steve Reiter on December 2, 2010

Here’s an article in Yes! Magazine about the Interstate Bicycle System proposed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

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Mia Birk to present in Syracuse 11/18.

Posted by Steve Reiter on November 17, 2010

Mia Birk, who is presenting at the Active Transportation Symposium in Ithaca this weekend, will be speaking at ESF on Thursday evening.  All are invited.
Mia Birk, Principal and CEO
Alta Planning + Design


Joyride: Transforming Communities and Empowering People, One Pedal Stroke at a Time
Thursday, November 18, 2010
5:15 p.m.
409 Marshall Hall


Please join us on Thursday afternoon for a presentation by Mia Birk, author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet.  A dedicated bicyclist, Ms. Birk is an international environmental advocate who has twenty years of experience in “sustainable transportation focused on pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and greenway planning, design and implementation”.   Her firm, Alta Planning + Design which employs a staff of 60 in 7 offices nationwide, specializes in bicycle, pedestrian, and trail planning, design, and implementation.


After completing her BA in Government and French at the University of Texas she received her M.A. in International Relations & Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC.  In her position as Adjunct Professor at Portland State University (PSU) she founded their Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI).
For more information on Ms. Birk and her work please visit

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Active Transportation Symposium in Ithaca November 18-20

Posted by Steve Reiter on November 11, 2010

Mia Birk is coming to Ithaca for the Active Transportation Symposium on November 18-20.

Mia is CEO of Alta Planning + Design, co-founder of the Institute for Bike and Pedestrian Foundation, adviser to the Post Carbon Institute, author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, and former Bike Program Manager of Portland, Oregon.

Mia has been a lifelong advocate for bicycle infrastructure, and has pushed forward many of the most dramatic streetscape changes in the nation.  Alta Planning + Design has partnered with Syracuse, NY to plan and inform bicycle developments, and her mission of transforming roads to accommodate daily cycling for transportation, fitness, sustainability, and recreation is directly in line with BikeCNY’s mission.

I hope you can find your way down to Ithaca for all or part of this symposium.

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Posted by Steve Reiter on October 21, 2010

Check out this site for StreetFilms, where you can find videos of transformations of cityscapes around the world.  Interesting stuff, including right here in New York!

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Bike Lanes in NYC – slower and more dangerous?

Posted by Steve Reiter on September 27, 2010

Take a look at this video of bike lane use in New York City.  Slow riders, pedestrians, trucks, taxis, left-turning cars, car doors… and a carpet… add up to lack of safety for riders who have a long way to go and are comfortable riding faster.

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Onondaga County Transportation and Community Planning Survey

Posted by Steve Reiter on September 21, 2010

Onondaga County is conducting an online survey (as well as a statistically sampled mailed survey) addressing issues of community planning and transportation.  Please fill out the online form here:  If you also receive a paper copy in the mail, please fill that out also, as they are being tabulated separately.

  • assess residents’ values and attitudes toward land development and infrastructure investments,
  • test acceptance of a variety of concepts in land use and transportation planning, and
  • help understand residents travel habits and desired improvements to the transportation system.

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Feds Deem Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists Equals

Posted by Steve Reiter on March 20, 2010

This article was just posted on Autopia.  Thanks to DT for pointing it out.

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Syracuse adding new lanes for bicyclists – NewsChannel 9 WSYR

Posted by Steve Reiter on July 24, 2009

The new bike lanes are in on S. Salina from Dorwin to Seneca Turnpike.  Here’s a brief article about it:

Syracuse adding new lanes for bicyclists – NewsChannel 9 WSYR

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Bike Laws

Posted by Steve Reiter on October 24, 2008

MassBike has created a page on its site that links to the bike laws for the 50 states.  Here it is.  This is now a link on the right side of this page, so you can find it in the future.

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