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'If you have a bike. Now is the time to use it ...'

Published October 31, 2012
BROOKLYN, NY (BRAIN) — Sandy may have wiped out or shut down many bike shops, but it's also a boost in the arm for bike commuting in New York City. With phones and power down, many folks are taking to social media to share information about the situation. Below is a live look at a social media feed.

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Storified by Steve Frothingham · Thu, Nov 01 2012 07:30:30

NYC post #sandy : The Bike Shall Inherit the earth.Jake Ottmann
Bike to work Post- #Sandy to avoid waiting in traffic. We have rentals for use everyday #SandyTODAY @UnlimitedBiking http://pic.twitter.com/Wq5ecL9zUnlimited Biking
@WSJ #mycommute to manhattan was on a bike--with 100s of other bikers! Glad to have the company-- Hope ppl keep it up post #sandyAllison Whaley
Great opportunity to exercise post Sandy in NYC. Bike to work, school or wherever you need to go. Gas shortages are making things crazy!Dan Flores
I wonder how many people will become bike commuters after the terrible traffic situation in NYC? #SandyWill McDonough
Everyone in New York City: if you have a bike. Now is the time to use it. Forget about driving anywhere. It's a mess out there. #SandyChris Puntarelli
@WSJ #Sandy #mycommute With no gas or NJ Transit I am basically stranded in Morristown. Heading out on bike soon to look for gas.Mike Kelly
Don't let the public transit downtime get you down. Grab a bike! Biketrain, bike rental & post-Sandy resources available: bikeapolis.uswu ch
Hurricane Sandy bicycle photobomb http://wp.me/p2P8AD-4K6 via @cyclelicious #cycling #photobombCommute by Bike
"New York Subway: Weeks to Recover" Will Sandy be the mother of thousands of new cyclists? http://tinyurl.com/98gw84xCommute by Bike
Post-Sandy, bike generators bring joy to NYC in the form of charged gadgets http://is.gd/UArwqBDavid Roberts
Come grab a bike at #daveswearhouse! We still open. #sandy didn't shut us down... @123dwhdannysupa
RT @byKristiRoberts: On bike it was nightmare today with all the cars--city should shut down an avenue or two so sane people with bikes can get around. #tellNYTThomas Holloway
Two biketrains (groups of bike commuters) tomorrow morning: Rego Park to Manhattan, Fort Greene to Manhattan. Info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/NYC-Biketrain/176574549093215Keith Snyder
a lot of people on bikes today who don't look like they normally ride in the city, death by bike,unforeseen aftermath of #Sandy ?jennifer
How I wish I owned a bike right nowkevin oyola
RT @transalt: Deep discounts on all things bikes and free bike tune-ups to help you get moving post #Sandy at @BicycleHabitat - http://ow.ly/eUpcjJason Yung
Faster to bike than walk or drive MT @alexgoldmark: Traffic standstill on BK Bridge, faster to walk. Pic: http://yfrog.com/h4wityij @wnyc #SandyNYC Biketrain
The scene while trying to bike across Queensboro Bridge this morning was pure "escaping zombie apocalypse".Adam Kaufman
RT @OccupySandy: #SandyVolunteers Traffic is completely insane today. Travel by #bike is highly recommended. We need people in Far Rockaway to do canvasingThe Occupied Artist
Dispatch from @katiabachko: "I rode my bike today, and I sang a song called, 'I'm going faster than the cars' all the way down"Hannah Goldfield
Bike & similar sales must rise after the storm renders modern technology useless. #bike #blade #skate #green #exercise #SandyAdonis Taylor
RT @teacuplost: Married to a superhero. @gpingeon is charging people's cell phones in LES with an energy bike he made for @morusnyc. #sandyMoRUS
Somebody is gonna be pissed when they realize that #Sandy stole their bike! #suckstosuck http://pic.twitter.com/c9hGkLFfASU Gentleman
Consider biking in this rough weather | Bike SandyBike to work NYC after getting hit by Sandy, Biking is a good alternative
Took my bro's bike 11 flights down his building yesterday to ride a few miles to get suppliesTystarr
RT @bmorrissey: Some smart storm marketing: bicycle habitat is offering free bike safety checkups in bk and soho. #NY #Sandy #BrooklynMediaKoncepts
drop the sense of entitlement for once and realize that other people are going to be walking/driving through your precious bike lanes.thomas
Bike Sharing would have been amazing #sandy . Too bad @CitibikeNYC #nycmayorsoffice couldn't get it together on timeDavid Laster
RT @LieslChang: . @zipments is working w @NYCFUNRIDE & the NYC bike messgr community 4 free delivery #Sandy @scottmstringer click here: http://www.cyclehawk.com/free-delivery-for-sandy/#.UJE_HEQsG1OMess Media
RT @helenshirley: If you have transit problems I feel bad for you son. I've got 99 problems but my bike ain't one. #sandy #mta #bikenycToya
Walking the queens bridge omw to work tonight... Thanks sandy @ Queensboro Bridge Pedestrian & Bike Path http://instagr.am/p/RdLNutFPTT/Chris Dougherty
RT @bryanrwalsh: Sure would be nice to have the CitiBike bike share program up and running #NYC #Sandydanielle johnsen
RT @xcthionia: Painfully slow bus commute to work. Time to get a bike. #sandy #nosubways http://instagr.am/p/RcqYmtOvYp/bryn
West side bike path open at Harlem Fairway but silted over. #Sandy http://yfrog.com/h6m85xzjAnemona Hartocollis
Best way in to work today involves dusting off your bike. Don't forget to pump the tires and wears your helmets New Yorkers! #SandyTodd Sokolove
RT @katehinds: Bike lane on Columbus Ave and 80th street #bikenyc @wnyc #sandy http://pic.twitter.com/VXzm3k5oTransportationNation
West Side Highway bike path totally fine minus a couple drowned rats for any Brooklyn-Manhattan commuters out there #sandySean Tracy
Headed to @ridebrooklyn to get my bike fixed. Right now it's the only thing that's gonna get me to the office #Sandy http://pic.twitter.com/NDYmuTGUDoug McPherson
Really very happy that I bought a bike a week and a half ago & that my apartment and office are 2 miles apart & both in Brooklyn. oh #SandyHeather McKinstry
Bicycle left!! It's annoying when people block the bike lane. You're rude, #Sandy. http://pic.twitter.com/31LhmdefGOOD-GOOD
"never supposed to be open," police officer restores barrier tape to west side bike path. #Sandy http://yfrog.com/ockvpftqjAnemona Hartocollis
@nick_lowe_ I biked in too. Brought the bike into the office can you do that? #sandyMark Doyle
Almost got decapitated by a downed power line on my bike ride to work. #finaldestination #SandyBen Cimmino
Anyone who needs food, water or medical supplies delivered via bike please message us #sandy #Ows #mutualaid #NYC #bikenycOWSBikecoalition
RT @718_Cyclery: Darkness in the Middle of Town. Quite, dark, dangerous bike commute to the office today #bikes #bikenyc #sandy http://pic.twitter.com/X9QtmNb3Big Bad BIM
Hurricane Sandy - Biking on the FDRGeorge Brooks
Hurricane Sandy Redhookjoshuazweinstein
Urban cycling tips from @jdavidgoodman: No headphones; stay alert for car doors; use bike lanes if avail; go slow, it's not a race #sandyJennifer Preston
Amateur hour on #NYCstreets ! Bikers & walkers crowd bridge bike lanes, no stoplights dtown, sirens & gridlock abound. #uptownevac #SandyPica DeGallo
HURRICANE SANDY riding a bike through a flooded street ROCKAWAY ,NYdtravelz
Anyone who needs food, water or medical supplies delivered via bike please message us #sandy #Ows #mutualaid #NYC #bikenycOWSBikecoalition
Urban cycling tips from @jdavidgoodman: No headphones; stay alert for car doors; use bike lanes if avail; go slow, it's not a race #sandyJennifer Preston
As NYC battles post-Sandy gridlock, @The_Domino and @BlairSoden bike from midtown east to Battery Park in 40 minutes http://pic.twitter.com/33vq1unmBloomberg TV
@Commute_by_Bike With no lights, shops and workplaces closed, sandy may be the mother of lots of new humans #StayInBedCranky Acid
Anyone bike in city today? More dangerous than usual? #Sandy #biking #commuteZach Block
Don't let the public transit downtime get you down. Grab a bike! Biketrain, bike rental & post-#Sandy resources available cc: @NYCBiketrainMarc O'Brien
@transalt how do we make commercial landlords allow bike access for workers after Sandy?John A McCloskey
Used to bike over this bridge a ton. Apparently I could have swam it. #sandy #mantoloking http://pic.twitter.com/qXhXDEmTRachel DeAlto
“@Ste_Pee: @GMPChorlton ...and well done your team for catching the bike thieves by Sandy Lane. Result.” &the member of public 4 ringing us!GMP Chorlton
@GMPChorlton ...and well done your team for catching the bike thieves by Sandy Lane. Result.Ste P.
New York commuters walk, bike and fume amid post-Sandy snarls - Reutersustoday
Don't let the public transit downtime get you down. Grab a bike! Biketrain, bike rental & post-Sandy resources available: bikeapolis.uswu ch
Wishing I had a bike right now. #subwaylessnyc #sandyalisonkudlow
Somebody is gonna be pissed when they realize that #Sandy stole their bike! #suckstosuck http://pic.twitter.com/c9hGkLFfASU Gentleman
not letting #sandy ruin halloween! galavanting around BK tonight via bike - perhaps even breaking out last yr's hip hop dancer costume?Lindsay Buckley
NEw York – New York Commuters Walk, Bike And Fume Amid Post-Sandy Snarls: New York – New York City commuters endured hours-long bus t...Fake Vos Iz Neias
@psegdelivers I can't find my bike #sandy #bikeout #spookysweaty mike
I have an athlete who is going to be riding his bike to work in downtown NYC, I wonder how many others will need to follow suit #sandyBlake Becker
In case nobody's said it yet: the big "we should bike!" lightbulb over NYC's collective head in wake of Sandy = zombie apocalypse preview.Lizbon Grav
@BicyclesOnly there'd prob be a ton of damage to the bikes and bike racks if they were out during SandyRaven Keller
Shoutout to @krobsy for scoring on a bike today #unreal #blessed #SandyJack Sullivan
If u see #TMobile chick on her bike, knock her off + tell her invest in TOWERS vs TV ads. HORRIBLE NYC coverage in emergency #SandyAndrew Giangola
Happy #Sandy story: a church member rode their bike to check on a bunch of people at a local retirement community.Reese

Topics associated with this article: Hurricane Sandy

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