In a pandemic recovery, bike commutes are where the rubber meets the road

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Alex Levi, a principal architect in the Port Authority’s Engineering Department, had been an avid bicyclist, cycling 30 minutes down the West Side Hudson River Greenway to his office at 4 World Trade Center twice a day, every day — rain, snow, or shine.

On the other side of the river, Michelle Mayer, a supervising business analyst in the Operations Services Department, was committed to her daily routine of biking 12 minutes downhill from her Jersey City neighborhood to her office at the Port Authority Technical Center (PATC) before taking the 18-minute uphill trip back home after work. 

When both states mandated nonessential employees to work from home, Levi and Mayer missed their daily rides — times when they could just clear their heads and concentrate only on the open roads ahead of them.

As offices reopen in new phases of New York’s and New Jersey’s recoveries, cycling has become

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Bicycle boom | News |

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In the age of the coronavirus, public transportation is less in vogue, festivals are canceled, events are mostly a no-go, and the usual places for socializing, recreating and exercising are either closed or fraught with restrictions and added risks. Put another way: Biking is booming.

“We’ve been sold out since early June and there’s no real end in sight as far as our reservations are looking,” said Sam McNichols, owner of Mountain Adventure Equipment in Mountain Village. “And we probably have to turn away about 40 people per day. A lot of people are renting bikes for one or two weeks at a time.”

But it’s not just that people are rushing to the local bike shops to purchase or rent bikes, though that is part of the equation. When the global pandemic shut down much of the manufacturing sectors around the world, disrupting the production of everything from processed

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Portland to US: Protest barriers interfere with bike lanes | National News

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In its ongoing clash with federal authorities over the presence of U.S. agents on its streets, the city of Portland has a new area of contention: bike lanes.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation says fencing and concrete barriers around the downtown federal courthouse erected by federal authorities interferes with “one of the busiest bike routes in the United States.” The Hatfield Federal Courthouse is the scene of nightly standoffs between thousands of demonstrators and federal police.

City officials issued a cease-and-desist order Thursday to the federal government, telling it to remove the barriers. The city says the structures block bike lanes and violated Portland codes.

“This fence was constructed without permission or permits on public property, and it is both an abuse of public space and a threat to the traveling public,” Portland Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said in a statement.

Federal officials say they have

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Opinion: Beckett’s bicycle: Lessons on cycling from the great dramatist

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Gideon Forman is a transportation policy analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation.

For 40 years I’ve been reading the literary works of Samuel Beckett. But until recently, I hadn’t noticed his contribution to transportation policy.

This spring I picked up for the first time his novel Molloy, written in French in 1947. The title character is a kind of brilliant homeless philosopher whose quest is to reunite with his elderly mother. The circumstances of the adventure are far from clear. But I was struck by the fact this gentleman, who is disabled, pursues his journey by means of a bicycle.

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Perhaps for Mr. Beckett, the bike telegraphs destitution. Too poor to purchase an automobile or even pay train or bus fare, Molloy is forced to cycle. Its creative purpose might be comedic: Here is a man with leg problems so severe he requires crutches managing,

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