Bikes on the Brooklyn Waterfront
Friday, March 22, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
“Once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget.” Brooklyn, however, did forget—for a while. After an explosion of interest in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Brooklynites forgot about bikes until later in the twentieth century and now, in the twenty-first century, bikes are ubiquitous in Brooklyn, especially in its rapidly changing waterfront neighborhoods. There are bike lanes and bike paths; bikes are seen as an answer to transportation problems and as a solution for environmental troubles.
This half-day conference is sponsored by the Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center (BWRC) and the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) speakers will examine the issues raised by the history and ubiquity of bikes in Brooklyn.
The speakers will include:
- David Herlihy, author of Bicycle: The History
- Hayes Lord, director of the Bicycle Program, and Ted Wright, Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects, NYC Department of Transportation
- Steve Durrant, principal, Alta Bicycle Share operator of Citi Bikes
- Charles McCorkell, owner Bicycle Habitat
- Brian McCormick and Milton Puryear, co-founders of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
- Ben Shepard, City Tech professor, community organizer, and author of The Beach Beneath the Streets: Contesting New York City’s Public Spaces
- Mike Lydon, principal, The Street Plan Collaborative
- Chris Wogas, president, Bike and Roll
- David Trimble, director, Red Hook Criterium
The conference will include a screening of "Racing Towards Red Hook" with director Jessica Scott.
Continental breakfast will be provided!
An optional afternoon (2pm) bike tour along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway will start from Fulton Ferry Landing
For more infromation on the Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center please visit our website.