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NYC ranks 2nd best for living without a car, but 7th for biking

What makes a city livable? People have differing views, but for many city-dwellers, proximity to restaurants, grocery stores, parks and jobs are some of the key perks of urban living, especially if those destinations are accessible without a car.

Amy Musser of Redfin compiled the latest Walk Score rankings to see which U.S. cities with populations greater than 300,000 have the highest composite Walk Score, Transit Score and Bike Score rankings. These are places where you could forgo having a car and still be able to get around town in a variety of ways, whether it be by foot, bike or public transit.

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New York has the highest Walk Score and Transit Score rankings in the nation. Its Bike Score, on the other hand, falls to seventh place. “Even with the bike-share programs accelerating across the city, many streets don’t have special bike lanes and traffic is a deterrent for many people who might otherwise consider biking,” said Redfin agent Jonathan Makolondra. “That said, New Yorkers are certainly accustomed to getting around the city and surrounding boroughs without a car. The MTA subway system is extensive and walking is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of the city.”

While bike share is increasing, may neighborhoods are pushing back on Department of Transportation proposed improvements to biking infrastructure. Things are improving, but it is slow. Many local community organizations, like LifeCycle Biking, work closely with larger agencies, such as Transportation Alternatives, to organize around the needs of car-less transportation options and improve safety for all. 

Check out the full article and let us know your thoughts on biking in New York. 

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LifeCycle Rides: Socrates Sculpture Park

LifeCycle Rides are monthly excursions around New York and beyond. This month found us venturing to Queens, New York to visit the Socrates Sculpture Park.

The Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 by a group of community members and artists. With a mission "based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment," they broke ground and created a home for artists, both emerging and veteran, to create and showcase unique, large scale, and sometimes interactive, visions in the New York Metropolitan area.

What was once an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite, is now home to an open studio and exhibition space- providing art and amazing views of the Hudson River. A pathway runs the outer perimeter of the park, passing through many of the exhibitions, leading to a farmers market selling seasonal wares. Guests are free to walk among the exhibits, and interact when able. Socrates Sculpture Park encourages strong interaction between the artists, artworks and the public. Current featured artists include Kenseth Armstead, José Carlos Casado, Torkwase Dyson, Carla Edwards, Davey Hawkins, Lena Henke, David Horvitz, Charlotte Hyzy, Melanie McLain, Kirsten Nelson, Freya Powell, Leah Raintree, Charlotte Becket Roger Sayre, Aaron Suggs, Noa Younse, and David Riley.

Trade 2015 by Jose Carlos Casado

Trade 2015 by Jose Carlos Casado

We were lucky enough to catch the farmer's market on the last day of the season and after a refreshing snack of crisp apples, we rode back to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to end the day.

Socrates Sculpture Park is open 365 days a year and welcomes dogs- asking they are leashed after 10am.

LifeCycle Rides are open to all that are able and willing to ride. With a ride lead and caboose, we ensure that no one, no matter the pace, is left behind. We encourage cycling enjoyment at all stages and make sure to provide an inclusive environment.

Please check out our community calendar for upcoming LifeCycle Rides events- we hope to see you soon!