Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
City to Add 200 Miles of Bike Lanes
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
New York, NY —
Bicycle advocates are applauding the city's announcement that it will expand its network of bike lanes.
REPORTER: The city plans to add 200 miles of bike lanes and paths to the five-borough network over the next three years. Noah Budnick of the group Transportation Alternatives says the expansion will turn more New Yorkers into regular cyclists.
BUDNICK: What we’ve also seen is that the more people who bike, the fewer crashes there are on city streets, because drivers become more aware of cyclists and become more accustomed to driving safely around them.
For those motorists who aren’t aware that bicyclists have a right to use the road, city officials are launching a new public information campaign to drive the point home.
The campaign will also tell cyclists to obey traffic laws and use helmets. A new city report finds that 97 percent of all bike riders killed in the city over the past decade were not wearing a helmet.