Archive for August, 2013

Urban cycle mobilities in New York – day 23

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen More bike messenger bags. Notice also another aspect of the bike messenger uniform: the visible keys and especially toe straps (and tattoos of course)

Urban cycle mobilities in New York – day 22

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen Two design objects play a key part on the cycle scene in New York. And they are very often   Firstly, the ubiquitous Kryptonite u-lock that everyone seem to use to lock their bike against something heavy and ‘immobile’ so that it can not be carried away. They are are also […]

Urban Cycle Mobilities in New York – day 20

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen Not every cyclist is young and riding a cool bike. There are also a small group of cyclists in their 50s and 60s and they are found on the busy and intimidating streets of Manhatten too.

Urban cycle mobilities in New York – day 18

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen Running red lights and getting a head start … It is more common to see cyclists jumping red lights and respecting them. They act like pedetrains and this ensure that cycling is fast and often much faster than cars.

Urban cycle mobilities in New York – day 17

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen Cyclists in New York have a very relaxed relationship to the traffic rules. They are going against the traffic one one-way roads and they jump the red lights more or less every time there is a chance. I soon discovered that I was the only that waited with the cars for […]

Urban cycle mobilites in New York – day 16

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen At the protective cycle lanes around the Hudson River and Central Park there are many businesses renting out bikes and many of them have people on the street that try get tourists into their particular place. Renting is not cheap though. Some 35-40 dollars for a day! Cycling has clearly become […]

Urban cycle mobilities in New York – day 15

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen GHOSTBIKES. On can not help to bump into these white ghost bikes! Each symbolize a cyclist that was killed on the streets of New York. Many are several years old! Across the city in 2012, 136 pedestrians and 19 cyclists were fatally struck by motorists in 2012. http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/01/31/nypd-15465-pedestrians-and-cyclists-injured-155-killed-in-traffic-in-2012/AS the organization writes: “The Street […]

Urban cycle mobilities in New York – day 14

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen I love the way in which people are not afraid to add an basket or child-seat to their racer bike.

Urban Cycle Mobilities in New York – day 13

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen Not all cyclists are white and ‘youngish’ and ride trendy vintage or fixie bikes. Thousands of ‘poor’ Mexican and Chinese ‘migrants’ make a living working as couriers for restaurants. They are recognizable by their yellow vests and cheap mountain bikes. At Manhatten they can at times easily outnumber other commuters. […]

Urban cycle mobilities in New York – day 13

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY by Jonas Larsen The bike lane network is constantly expanding. This stretch is design-in-progress.