NewsNovember 30, 2010
Matthew Modine: Bicycle Champion
Actor Matthew Modine is best known for films like, Full Metal Jacket and Any Given Sunday, but for years he’s also had another important role, environmentalist and bicycle advocate. The 51 year old started the non profit Bicycle For a Day in 2008. The first event in Lower Manhattan drew 14,000 cyclists. Since then, Modine says cycling in the city has gone up 30 percent at times. Modine says he’s passionate about cycling because it’s not only good for the environment it’s good for your health.
September 18, 2010
‘Anti-Critical Mass’ bikers have ‘upright’ attitude
Taking a more civilized and safe approach to cycling — while taking a more comfortable position on their seats — about 160 people participated in the First Annual Upright Bicycle Ride last Saturday.
Matthew Modine, Two Wheels and A Dream
If Modine had his druthers, bicyclists would fill car-free streets, a vision he is trying to put into practice through his two-year-old Bicycle for a Day (www.bicycleforaday.org) non-profit organization. Modine launched BFAD by leading a flotilla of 14,000 bicyclists through lower Manhattan. Upping the stakes, he says he is trying to organize a Los Angeles event featuring more than one million bicyclists. “It’s a very complicated thing to try to do, but because of the Internet and social networking, it’s possible,” he says.
June 2, 2010
Getting There From Here, Near Future Edition
The future dangles such promising concepts for getting around the city: the Unicab, the swipeless MetroCard, a network of protected bike lanes.Riders will soon get protected lanes along Columbus Avenue. The local community board voted Tuesday to approve the new separated lanes after hours of debate, including statements by the actor Matthew Modine and the Ethicist columnist for The Times, Randy Cohen, an avid cyclist.
June 2, 2010
Protected Bike Lanes Coming to Columbus Avenue
Columbus Avenue will be redesigned this summer to allow for a protected bike lane along the East side of the street from 96th to 77th Streets, creating a barrier between traffic and bicycles as well as concrete pedestrian islands on some blocks. Community Board 7 voted 23 to 19 on Tuesday night to approve the lanes after nearly three hours of debate that included appearances by actor Matthew Modine and New York Times Ethicist columnist Randy Cohen.
June 2, 2010
It’s Official: Protected Bike Lane Coming This Summer
Community Board 7 backed the Department of Transportation’s plan to install protected bicycle lanes on a mile stretch of Columbus Avenue after a contentious three hour debate. The vote, which took place at the June 1 full board meeting, was 23 in favor of the protected lane and 19 opposed. Actor Matthew Modine, star of Full Metal Jacket, came to the meeting to speak about the health benefits of bicycling and how it helped his career.
May 28, 2010
NYC’s First Bike-to-School-Day Celebration
Today Brooklyn’s William Alexander School MS 51 was the first school in the five boroughs to host a Bike to School Day. MS 51 celebrated Bike to School Day with the help of the New York City Department of Transportation, Bike New York and Matthew Modine's Bicycle for a Day. See pictures from Bike to School Day
April 22, 2010
View the video for Christie's Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth.
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day
Be part of a new Earth Day tradition and watch a new Green Ball drop in Times Square at noon on April 22nd. The Green Ball is a 12-foot sphere made of Waterford crystal and powered by energy-efficient lights. Join Earth Day co-founder Denis Hayes and actor and activist Matthew Modine for the ball drop and the launch of a year-long Green Generation campaign.
April 21, 2010
Matthew Modine to Act as Guest Editor for Metro US Newspaper
February 25, 2010
Fixing the Great Mistake: Autocentric Development
Please have a look at this very informative short video with Paul Steely White, the Executive Director of NYC's Transportation Alternatives.
Matthew Modine talks about Bicycle for a Day on Causecast