RFP OK!

Many of you may have heard the news that New York City is taking the initial steps—or should I say first pedal strokes—toward instituting a bicycle share system. The city is initiating a public-private partnership to create a network of rent-a-bike stations around town, and on November 23 the Department of Transportation announced a Request For Proposals from potential private-sector partners. Here's the pull-quote from DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan:
Biking has become a serious transportation option in New York and bike share is the clear next step. New York’s ideal geography, high residential and commercial density and growing bike infrastructure make it the perfect option for short trips since over 50% of trips in NYC are under two miles.
I don't know the ins and outs of bike shares, but now that my hometown is getting serious about it I look forward to learning more, and I plan to start with this City Planning Department study that seems bullish on the prospect.

I was in NYC a couple of weeks ago and I have to say, as enjoyable as it is to walk from Chinatown to Union Square on a Friday night, I would have loved to bike it. And I'm excited by anything that might make New Amsterdam feel more like the old.

It's also highly fortuitous that the city's bike RFP coincides with the conclusion of the Paul Goodman Changed My Life win-a-bike contest—which was also based on a request for green city proposals. Goodman, the New York poet, street philosopher, and human-scale technology proponent, would surely be great-guns behind the practical-utopian ideas this contest has generated. Congratulations to the winners! Every planner a citizen, every citizen a planner! The society you live in is yours!