Bikes/Love Your Lane
From the Archive

On April 7, 1973, some 400 cyclists chanting “Bikes don’t pollute” rode through midtown Manhattan in a “Bike-In” that called for separate lanes to encourage bicycling and provide safety on city streets. ... Read More

Meet the Activists

  • Bill DiPaola
    Bill DiPaola
  • Paul Steely White
    Paul Steely White

Key Events

Global Events
Local Events

1965 Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed feeds environmentalist criticism of automobiles

1966 Mayor John V. Lindsay closes Central Park to automobile traffic on weekends

1970 First Earth Day celebrated nationwide

1973 Transportation Alternatives formed as a coalition of advocates for non-automotive and mass transit; holds first “Bike In”

1977 First Five Boro Bike Challenge

1980 Two bike lanes created in Manhattan during transit strike; later eliminated

1987 Time’s Up! environmental organization founded in New York

1987 Time’s Up! environmental organization founded in New York

2004 Thousands of bikers ride in “Critical Mass” protest against Republican National Convention; injunction later overturned

2007 As part of its PlaNYC, the Bloomberg administration announces goal of doubling bicycle commuting by 2012 and tripling it by 2017

2010 Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes and Seniors for Safety founded to lobby for removal of new bicycle lane in Prospect Park West

Key Events

1965
Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed feeds environmentalist criticism of automobiles
1966 Mayor John V. Lindsay closes Central Park to automobile traffic on weekends
1970
First Earth Day celebrated nationwide
1973
Transportation Alternatives formed as a coalition of advocates for non-automotive and mass transit; holds first “Bike In”
1977 First Five Boro Bike Challenge
1980 Two bike lanes created in Manhattan during transit strike; later eliminated
1987 Time’s Up! environmental organization founded in New York
1987 Time’s Up! environmental organization founded in New York
2004
Thousands of bikers ride in “Critical Mass” protest against Republican National Convention; injunction later overturned
2007 As part of its PlaNYC, the Bloomberg administration announces goal of doubling bicycle commuting by 2012 and tripling it by 2017
2010 Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes and Seniors for Safety founded to lobby for removal of new bicycle lane in Prospect Park West