Atlantic Ave BID Launches “Bike Friendly Business District”

Atlantic Avenue is launching the City’s second Bike Friendly Business District and the first such partnership with an existing Business Improvement District!

The district, which stretches from the BQE to 4th Avenue on Atlantic Avenue, and one block north and south on side streets, is welcoming cyclists to many of its stores that are adopting various bicycle-friendly policies. Many of our side streets are actually very bike friendly with bicycle lanes including: Hoyt St., Smith St., Boerum Place, Clinton St., and Henry Street. Bicycle friendly businesses and business districts are programs of Transportation Alternatives‘ staff and volunteers. All of Atlantic’s bike-friendly stores have done one of the following bike-friendly actions:

1) created a discount or give-away program for bicyclists;

2) offered to distribute bike rules information on how to bike safely in New York City;

3) requested a new installation of a bicycle rack on the sidewalk for bike parking; or

4) gave training to their delivery cyclists on how to obey the rules of the road.

To see a map of Bicycle Friendly Businesses city-wide, click herehttp://transalt.org/issues/bike/business/directory. Zoom in on Atlantic to see how many we have in one commercial corridor!

Why a bike-friendly district for Atlantic Ave?

The interest in this program for Atlantic’s small business community has been overwhelming and positive. Over 50 businesses have decided to make themselves officially “bike-friendly” including at least one on every block of the Atlantic Avenue BID. Participating businesses include a wide range: restaurants, clothing, deli, home decor, toys, food supply, real estate, salons, bakery, chocolates, Middle  Eastern imports, law firms, dentists, and of course our bike shop, Atlantic Bicycles at 278 Atlantic Avenue.

Becoming a bike-friendly business district is also a way to inform the general public that Atlantic Avenue is much more of a neighborhood shopping boulevard than it is busy thoroughfare. Encouraging local shopping is our highest priority. Many people who live on and around Atlantic Avenue have begun cycling more and more and the district is a great signal to them that the Atlantic is supportive of its surrounding communities and of cycling shoppers from around elsewhere in New York City.

We would also like to thank the great support we have received from local community-based organizations including the Boerum Hill Association, Cobble Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, and the Willowtown Association.

To launch this initiative we are partnering with having an inaugural bike ride this Saturday, October 5th at 2:30pm on the south side of Atlantic at Furman Street next to Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The tour will involve Atlantic Ave BID side streets in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Boerum Hill, some of which have bike lanes. The tour will involve many stops at Bike Friendly Businesses that are offering free food samples!

We would like to thank all of our community partners for their support on this initiative: Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Boerum Hill Association, Cobble Hill Association, The Willowtown Association, Raices Times Plaza Senior Center, Strong Place for Hope Daycare, Roulette, YWCA, Cathedral of St Cyril, Iglesia de Dios Pentacostal and Templo Cristiano de Brooklyn.

RSVP and more event details are available here: http://bikenyc.org/event/5428.

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