Welcome to BRBRbrooklyn! Whether you are pedaling to the shore, the store, your neighbor’s stoop, or back to your own coop, this blog is for you. Bay Ridge Bicycle Routes is an effort raise to awareness within our neighborhood and among civic groups about the activities of bicyclists in Bay Ridge and other nearby communities in southern Brooklyn.

Our neighborhood’s immediate access to the harbor, less congested street traffic, friendly atmosphere, expansive parks and flat terrain (except, of course, for the steep ridge in Bay Ridge!) makes our corner of New York City one of the most fantastic places to ride a bicycle. Whether for transportation, recreation, fun or fitness, cycling is great in Bay Ridge.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

EBI#1: Avenue P

BRBR is starting an effort to document new findings in Brooklyn: Epicenters of Bicycling Interest, or EBI's

Stopping along the curbside yesterday afternoon on Avenue P to make a 60 sec bicycle adjustment, 2 workers at the Fine Fare Grocery Store stopped hanging a banner on the windows of the store to ask about bicycling and if there were any races happening in the area. Within 2 minutes, another passing woman stopped to ask about bicycling, where she should look to find a "good bike" and how to get into the activity even more.

Amazing, eh?!

These were sporadic, unplanned and unexpected events. Even the location was incredible since BRBR was far from any marked bicycle routes (except, of course, for the oldest one in the country on Ocean Parkway) and in a community district reportedly hostile to bicycle lanes.

But the conversation happened and BRBR has begun a map to document these EBI's as they are found.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Already in March I have seen an increase in the number of cyclists, every nice day there are more. This could be the biggest summer yet for cycling as transport.

I did not believe it at first, but now I am convinced that the more the DOT installs bike lanes, bike racks, and puts up signage directed toward cyclists the more comfortable non-cyclists become with the idea that cycling might be a safe, acceptable, and fun way to get around.

Then when they see others cycling, especially someone their own age they start to think, why not me too? I am so pleased to hear that it's spread even to Bay Ridge which does not have a bike friendly reputation.