“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. In a half-day conference 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.
Biking is booming in Brooklyn and we want to know why. On March 22 we will be hosting a half-day conference on the history, culture, and future of biking in our namesake borough. We will talk with local authors, business people, planners and advocates about what is happening on our streets and why it matters to Brooklyn and New York City.
More details to follow – so keep checking back here!
Update (2/19): Location and key speakers announced (see below). Registration to open up soon.