HACKING #BIKENYC: PEER PEDAL POWER / The bicycle community in New York City is known for its solitary nature – you against the city, muscling through traffic, surviving on your own wits. BikeHack was born around the idea that these independent folks have incredibly valuable information to share with each other. Formulated from the #BikeNYC meetup, this team combines an interest in urbanism, technology, and multi-modal transportation. At the hackathon, they focused on how bicycling could become participatory, social, and safer.

New York’s state and local governments and their taxpayers are on an unsustainable fiscal path, despite some improvements and a public perception that the outlook is far brighter, a nonpartisan task force found in a report released Tuesday. The state is plagued, as it has for decades, by “structural budget problems” and partisan politics in budgeting, the task force found. The long-term state deficit “has been papered over with gimmicks” that continue, it said. “There is no assurance that the state’s structural debt is sustainable,” the report stated. It also warned of a “growing number of illiquid, near-insolvent cities and counties with structural budget deficits.” “New York’s fiscal future sits on shaky ground,” the report concluded.