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Dawn Sorace

A curious New Yorker seeking a happy healthy balance in food, design, lifestyle and living life to the fullest.

Bike-less City Locked Monkies Get Their Bike Fix Via Bike Sharing

new york bike sharing 01 Bike less City Locked Monkies Get Their Bike Fix Via Bike Sharing Yes- we look silly, but safety first!

I am happy to report that bike sharing has come to New York City again (it’s 2nd year)- where it is most welcomed and needed. Aside from all of the traffic congestion and pollution from the exhaust, most NYers or city dwellers do not have the space to keep a bike in their apartment and those left on the street -even with the biggest and most heavy duty locks very unfortunately get stolen or vandalized. A bike sharing system is great at helping to reduce the carbon footprint of commuters and enables users to become healthier through exercise.

Bike Sharing has been big in Europe for quite some time- most notably in Paris and Barcelona. Paris’s Velib’ bike sharing program is currently the largest, with a network of 20,000 specially designed bicycles distributed among 1450 stations throughout Paris. Barcelona’s bike sharing program, Bicing was launched in 2007 and has approximately 400 stations with 6,000 bicycles. While there this past year I saw many people taking advantage of the service. From what I gather their programs are either free or you pay a minimal fee. There are no attendants but rather a computer station where you check out and return your bike.

new york bike sharing 02 Bike less City Locked Monkies Get Their Bike Fix Via Bike Sharing Bicing Bike Share in Barcelona- I was so impressed!

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New York City Highline Park Comes To Life

highline park new york city 01 New York City Highline Park Comes To Life Photos by Dawn Sorace

If you didn’t know where to look or hadn’t heard the buzz of late… “High Line“, then you might just miss it.  As you can see (from the picture below), other than some trees- it’s not really noticeable from street level.

But there is a big buzz about the High Line, because it is truly a wonderful and amazing thing to see, experience, and enjoy.  It is even more special for residents of New York City, where public “green” spaces are quite limited.  This and other movements toward the re-greening of NYC are very exciting…  I know I am not alone in thinking we can more harmoniously mesh concrete living with more greenery and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Lots of photos after the jump

highline park new york city 04 New York City Highline Park Comes To Life

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