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New York Launches Its First Ever Bike-Friendly Business District!
Posted By Molly Cotter On September 24, 2012 @ 11:05 am In Biking,Manhattan,Sustainability Initiatives,Transportation | No Comments
Move over Financial, Fashion, and Meatpacking — there’s a new NYC district in town and it’s called the Bike Friendly Business District . Transportation Alternatives , the biggest bicycle initiative in the city, has partnered with over 150 local businesses  to create the wide swath of shops, restaurants, and museums which will offer coupons and specials for anyone who arrives on a bike. From discounted meals at Veselka  to two-for-one drinks at Luca Lounge , these deals for those on two wheels can be found throughout the five boroughs, with the largest concentration in the East Village and Lower East Side.
After disappointing news that the city’s bike sharing program  was delayed until next spring, the Bike Friendly Business District is doing its part to promote and reward bicycling around the city. Some businesses are even switching from delivery cars to cargo bikes! While we know opting for two wheels certainly helps the environment, Transportation Alternatives told Gothamist  that is also improves local retail sales, saying “Streets that prioritize biking and walking and include amenities like bike lanes and pedestrian plazas have been proven to boost retail sales by 10-25%.” With over 100 businesses already involved and more begging to be included, we have a feeling this will be a great growing trend throughout New York.
via gothamist 
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 Bike Friendly Business District: http://transalt.org/ourwork/bike/business
 Transportation Alternatives: http://transalt.org/
 150 local businesses: http://transalt.org/ourwork/bike/business/directory
 Veselka: http://www.yelp.com/biz/veselka-new-york
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 bike sharing program: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/nycs-citibike-share-program-now-delayed-until-spring-2013/
 Gothamist: http://gothamist.com/2012/09/21/nycs_first_bike_friendly_business_d.php
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