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City Officials Assess Vision Zero, One Year In

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

As city officials tout the first year of traffic safety improvements under Vision Zero, they say there is room for improvement.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lance Armstrong's 'Lieutenant' on Biking and Doping

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

George Hincapie — 17-time Tour de France participant, 5-time Olympian, and key witness in the Lance Armstrong doping case — talks about his career and a sports era defined by performance-enhancing drug use.

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Transportation Nation

Freshkills Park To Open for Sneak Peeks

Friday, April 11, 2014

Once the world's largest landfill, it's now a 2,200-acre park.

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Listen to Lucy

The bike test shows what I’m like at work

Monday, November 04, 2013

The bike test shows what I’m like at work

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bike Share Day 1; And a Transportation Road Rally

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NYC's bike share launched yesterday. Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC transportation commissioner, discusses the program and her vision for a bike-friendly NYC.

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WNYC News

Thousands To Ride In 5 Boro Bike Tour

Saturday, May 04, 2013

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The largest annual bicycling event in the U.S. happens Sunday on the streets of New York.

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Transportation Nation

Can Atlanta Become a Top 10 Cycling City?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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(Kate SweeneyWABE -- Atlanta) Last year, Bicycling Magazine rated Minneapolis the number one city in America for bike-friendliness. Atlanta did not enter the top ten, nor has it ever.

What’s changed is that now, it wants to. Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration has announced this year a goal of being a top-ten cycling city by 2016. WABE’s Kate Sweeney looked into just what that means.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Does Lance Armstrong Matter?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent, talks to Brian Lehrer about Lance Armstrong's admission of doping and what it says about sports, the media, heroes, and cheating.

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The Takeaway

International Cycling Union Revokes Lance Armstrong's Seven Tour Wins

Monday, October 22, 2012

The International Cycling Union has announced this morning that it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France wins. We talk to a former teammate of Armstrong's, next. Paul Willerton is a former teammate of Armstrong’s and the organizer of a protest in Oregon held outside the Nike headquarters in response to their support of the disgraced athlete.

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Listen to Lucy

Good enough is better than perfection

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Good enough is better than perfection

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Explainer: The Tour de France

Friday, July 13, 2012

The three-week, 1,714 mile Tour de France ends on July 22nd in Paris. If you're a little confused about the rules, strategy, and etiquette of this famous bike race, you're not alone. We asked Nick Legan, technical editor at VeloNews, to answer some of our and our listeners' basic questions about the Tour on the Brian Lehrer Show on 7/11. See his answers below.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Biking is Up 14 Percent From 2010; Overall Support Rises

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Biking is up in New York City by 14 percent from last spring. The NYC Department of Transportation says it recorded 18,809 cyclists per day, up from 16,463 in spring 2010. Word of the increase in cycling comes the same day a poll shows a widening number of New Yorkers ...

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The Takeaway

Checking in on Summer Sports, with Ibrahim Abdul Matin

Friday, June 24, 2011

At this point in the most summers, Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin would be turning his attention to the first glimmers of football season, and to Tiger Woods, the shining star of golf.  But with an NFL lockout, a looming NBA stoppage, and a little firecracker from Northern Ireland taking over the links... It's a very different sports summer.  So what DOES a sports-watcher watch?  According to Ibrahim: Dodgeball, Cycling, and Badminton. 

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WNYC News

Ticketed Cyclists Say Police Made House Calls to Apologize

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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The Central Park Conservancy is removing some confusing signs that led police to ticket nine cyclists for speeding — and the NYPD took the unusual step of making house calls to apologize for the erroneous citations.

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Transportation Nation

Funding For Some Bicycle, Transit, And Pedestrian-Oriented Projects in Houston May Be Stalled

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

(Houston - Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Transportation policy makers may vote this Friday on a proposal that would stall money for bike and other alternative transit projects in greater Houston.

A portion of the eight-county region’s four-year $8.1 billion dollar transportation budget may see a reduction in funding for bike, transit, and other pedestrian-oriented projects if the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) votes in favor of the proposal. That means a number of these so-called “alternative mode” projects could be delayed by one or more years.

Alan Clark, the director of transportation and planning at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, says if the proposal is approved, up to $13 million dollars that would have been spent on “alternative mode” projects could go to road and freight rail projects instead. He says the money could be made available for projects like, "intersection improvements, additional improvements to ramping or interchanges, the widening of an existing road, construction of one that’s in poor condition, that sort of thing.”

But Clark says none of the scheduled “alternative mode” projects are at risk of losing their funding, it just means the money for some of them might come later. Clark says there will still be money available for bike paths, sidewalk improvements, and other bike/transit/pedestrian projects. Fifty-four percent of the total budget is going to transit, while just under two percent is going to bicycle and pedestrian-oriented initiatives.

But BikeHouston board member Aaron Chang thinks that last number should be much higher. "Pedestrian, bicycle, and livable centers have been severely underfunded," said Chang.  "And we can’t keep looking toward old solutions to tackle new problems that we’re trying to solve right now."

Wang says he and other BikeHouston members are going to Friday’s meeting to make their case against the proposal.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Defends Controversial PPW Bike Lane with Data

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Image: PPW Bike Lane. (NYC DOT)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) In Brooklyn, New York one bike lane in particular is serving as a flash point for debate between motorists and cyclists over how to use the streets. The attention, and conflict, has also increased incentive to quantify and measure the impact of the Prospect Park West bike lane—that's good for any of us craving data on transportation policies.

So, the New York City Department of Transportation has just issued informative findings from their research on the PPW bike lane. Not surprisingly, it supports the DOT's decision to build the lane. “The traffic volume, travel speed and bike lane usage data support this traffic calming project, and it’s clear that the public supports it too. We look forward to working with residents and local officials to make it even better,” says DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in an emailed statement.

The NYC DOT finds that weekday cycling has just about tripled and the number of people riding on the sidewalk, a hazard to pedestrians, has fallen dramatically from 46 percent to just 3 percent of cyclists. Additionally, the total number of weekday cyclists has almost tripled along the PPW route. Weekend bike ridership also more than doubled.

The addition of the bike lane included a new traffic pattern, designed in part to reduce car speeds by cutting the number of lanes from three to two along this edge of Brooklyn's iconic Prospect Park. The slowing effect seems to have worked according to DOT statistics. Before the bike lane, three out of four cars broke the speed limit. Now, the DOT reports, just one sixth of cars top 30 m.p.h.

What's especially interesting—and a little unexpected—is the impact on total usage. Commuter volume on the street has increased in both morning and afternoon rush hours. In the morning, there are both more cyclist commuters and more car commuters, though in the afternoon car commuting has dropped while bike commuting has spiked enough to compensate on the one way boulevard. Travel times along the route and nearby avenues are mixed; some nearby streets are now faster than before and some slower depending on time of day. Overall though, the DOT data show motor vehicle traffic has not been negatively affected while biking has increased dramatically.

See a power point slideshow of the full findings here.

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Transportation Nation

The Winding Path to Build an Unusual--and Expensive--Bike Lane

Friday, November 19, 2010

(Minneapolis -- Dan Olsen, MPR) An unusual, and expensive, bike trail through one of the most hectic areas of Minneapolis may not open this year. The Cedar Lake bike trail, just slightly more than one-mile long, is eagerly awaited by cycling enthusiasts, but the path to building it has been long and difficult.

City of Minneapolis civil engineer Jack Yuzna says building this stretch of the Cedar Lake biking and walking trail in downtown Minneapolis is one of the most challenging projects in his professional career.

Yuzna says it involves negotiations with office building owners, a railroad company, various levels of government and the Minnesota Twins.

"We're actually walking underneath the promenade overhead of the Target Field ball park," Yuzna said while showing the project. "And if you listen you can hear there's a freight train passing through which was all part of the complexities of building the ball park along with the trail."

Bicycling advocates have been waiting 20 years for the link.

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The Takeaway

Lance Armstrong Responds to Doping Claims

Friday, May 21, 2010

This week, cyclist Floyd Landis accused many of his teammates, including Lance Armstrong, of using performance enhancing drugs. Yesterday, Armstrong responded to these allegations and addressed Landis' claims directly, saying, "I would remind everyone that this is a man that has been under oath several times with a very different version." Armstrong added that he has nothing to hide and nothing to run from.

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The Takeaway

Cyclist Floyd Landis Accuses Lance Armstrong of Doping

Thursday, May 20, 2010

American cyclist Floyd Landis, who won the Tour de France and was then stripped of the title because he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs has accused other top American cyclists of blood doping, including Lance Armstrong. In a letter to cycling officials, Landis outlines an extensive doping ring that involvd illegal drugs, testosterone and blood transfusions.

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