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Bicycle Film Festival – NYC – 6/22-26/2016

Its that time of year again, just when you thought it was safe to go outside, the 2016 Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) is making its NYC appearance from June 22nd to June 26th.

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Although the event calendar does not look like it is updated yet, you can check back soon, we are sure, to see this years offering, a perennial long weekend packed with all kinds of amazing bicycling events.

Just to give you a taste, here is one of our favorite BFF shorts from 2013 “SAN FRANCISCO CRITICAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY”.

BTW, now that we are on the subject, according the NYC Critical Mass facebook page, 15 cyclists rode at the 5/27/2016 Bike Month event, with no NYPD escort. Something to keep in mind for next month, which coincidentally falls on 6/24/2016, in the middle of the same weekend as the BFF. Still We Ride!

Could this be a long overdue permanent shift in NYPD resources to other assignments, such as to “Drivers Who Endanger Cyclists”, or just a random occurrence?

Warriors Fun Ride 7/2/2016 – Can you dig it?

The 2016 edition of the Warriors Fun Ride is occurring on Saturday, July 2, according to a facebook event page, starting in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, at 6 PM, and ending in Coney Island, Brooklyn, around 6 AM, the following morning. The all night ride is being organized by Cycle Hawk and Track or Die NYC.

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Last held in August of 2014 (review1, review2), the ride is based on the 1979 cult classic movie “The Warriors“, an action thriller film, which centers on a Coney Island gang who must return to their home turf, largely on subways, after they are framed for the murder of a respected gang leader in the Bronx, but you do it by bike!

According to the Track or Die NYC website, the rules for the Warriors Ride are:

1) Your gang can be between 4-9 riders.
2) All bicycles are welcomed, the more creative, the better.
3) Special prize will be awarded to the gang with the best colors.
4) Each gang must have 1 active instagram account. This will help keep track of the points and give updates during the event.
5) Follow @WarriorsNYC on instagram.

The original 2002 race was one of the seminal DIY events in NYC, along with Bike Summer, and Critical Mass, which started making biking really popular this century amongst its populous. About 800 cyclists turned out for that first ride which is documented in this film:

The 2002 ride was so life changing to many participants, think the famous Brian Eno quote about the first Velvet Underground album, it is still documented online by the The Village Voice, Bicycle Film Festival, Bike Cult, and a flickr photo site.

According to another facebook event, Time’s Up! as part of the event is hosting a pit stop for some sumo wrestling at La Plaza community garden (9th St & Ave C, Manhattan) starting at 8:30 PM!

So what is keeping you from forming a gang, and coming out to play?

World Naked Bike Ride NYC – 6/11/2016

Rumor has it, the NYC 2016 version of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is occurring on Saturday, June 11th.

According to the facebook event page, the details are still a little vague, but it couldn’t be any worse than the Broolklyn Bike Rave was, which was canceled at about 1 PM, the day of the event, because of the threat of “thunderstorms, lightning and possibly hail” that never occurred that evening!

Reportedly, a breakaway group of 8 rogue cyclists (instead of the registered 500 riders), complete with TWO sound bikes, managed to organize an ad hoc ride anyway, and braved the light brief rain, ending up at the bar Tender Trap in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a possible site, for the after party of the WNBR.

Dry Brooklyn Bike Ravers on Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

#brooklynbikerave no thunderstorm #poncho on my #bikesoundsystem

A photo posted by @cargobikecollective on

The WNBR, apart from celebrating what we really look like, takes on an even more serious tone this year, the rider’s nakedness symbolizing their vulnerability on the road, as cyclists Heather Lough and another yet named were already killed in May, raising the 2016 total to at least 8 cyclists killed in NYC.

Whether the NYC WNBR flops like the Bike Rave or not, there is always the Philly Naked Bike Ride to look forward to as well (date yet to be announced), a short 100 miles away where 1,000’s of cyclists ride free every year!

Dumpling Ride 5/21/16

Anita Singh from Brooklyn By Bike, has been spearheading food themed bike rides for a bunch of year’s now.

It’s a great way to meet people and eat your way around the city, on bicycle.

Here is a recap from the last one, a donut ride and info on the next one coming up May 21st.

Dumplings.

http://www.brooklynbybike.com/brooklyn-bike-tour-donut-dumplings/

Virtual Account of April 2016 Critical Mass – London’s Burning!

Last Friday night, cloudy, cool, and rainy in NYC, so NYC Critical Mass was not personally experienced, instead, opting to bike to the indoor, and heated annual free Bike Expo New York which closed at 8 PM that night (props go out to the volunteer mechanics from Recycle-A-Bicycle).

Since that night, we’ve heard no personal account of the NYC ride, that, with the weather, and the fact the weekend also hosted the Red Hook Gladiators Crit (Gothamist crash report) Saturday, and a very wet Bike New York on Sunday (both major weekend long NYC cycling events), might explain it?

Meanwhile, in London, England, youtube video clearly shows a police officer hit a Critical Mass rider with his patrol car, run over and destroy another’s bicycle, and then take off, according to Evening Standard’s better youtube video. Not sure what led up to the confrontation? Apparently there was a questionable arrest before the cyclists’s surrounded the police car.

This contrasts with a report in Streetsblog, ironically today, which claims cycling is “booming” in London. I guess there are two sides to every story?

Here is an eyewitness account of the incident in London:

Check out the other two videos above too, they are not embeddable, or they would be embedded on this blog.

Bike Jumble – Park Slope – Saturday – 5/14/2016 – 10am to 4pm

The spring edition of the NY Bike Jumble swap meet, the largest bicycle flea market in NYC, is coming again to the Old Stone House in Park Slope on Saturday 5/14/2016. Here is your chance to get a great deal on bicycles, accessories and clothing.

At 5th Ave. and 4th Street in Brooklyn, you’ll find vendors representing established bike shops as well as people with new and used bikes to sell.

Plus there will also be advocacy groups and bike mechanics from Time’s Up offering free bike repairs…so come on down!

NY Bike Jumble: May 14, 2011. from NY Bike Jumble on Vimeo.

If you are interested in becoming vendor yourself, you can sign up here

Manhattan Critical Mass – Friday 4/29/2016 – 7 pm

As we wind down a sobering April, in which two NYC cyclists were recently killed in Clinton Hill, and Park Slope, adding to the 4 already reportedly killed through 2/29/2016 according to the official Vision Zero website, we can at least look forward to the monthly Manhattan Critical Mass community bike ride?

Not so fast, it was reported only 4 cyclists showed up at the northern end of Union Square last month, at the usual 7 pm starting time, not even worthy an unwanted NYPD escort! That’s fewer than the number of cyclists killed this year in NYC.

Well, maybe we can take some solace in Critical Mass video from around the world, where the ride thrives, and hope for a better May when bike month begins?

Houston Critical Mass – 3/25/2016

Miami Critical Mass – 3/25/2016

London Critical Mass – 3/25/2016

Hamburg Critical Mass – 3/25/2016

Brooklyn “Bike Rave” – Saturday Night 5/14/2016

From 7 PM to 10 PM on Saturday May 14th, 2016 the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is hosting a fundraising “Bike Rave” described as “a glowtastic night ride along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway” supporting the 14-Mile route that will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. What a good cause?

Also during the ride, “a curated radio show by Newtown Radio will be streamed with a click of a button and played on portable speakers that you bring.” Cool or what?

The 8 mile route: “Starting in Greenpoint, the group will ride through Williamsburg, travel inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, through DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park and loop back to finish under the iconic Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO”, where there will be “food, water and music and riders will compete for prizes for best decorated bicycles.” according to DNAinfo.

This international event, which can draw thousands, looks like it has great potential for a memorable night outdoors with fellow cyclists, based on videos from Vancouver, Canada,

Melbourne, Australia,

and Auckland, New Zealand.

Reminiscent of our own Bike Summer in 2003.

You can order tickets here, or if you are the volunteering type for free, here.

Happy Free 2016 Bike Map New Year!!!

Via streetsblog.org, reportedly the free 2016 New York City Bike Map which you can either download as a pdf now, get a paper one mailed to you by calling 311, or stop by your favorite NYC bike shop to pick up a paper copy, will be available in print shortly.

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Image Credit: NYC DOT

According to the DOT 365,000 copies will be printed this year.

While according to the Gothamist, and DNAinfo, there are some errors on them that will hopefully get fixed before all those maps are printed!

At least that’s some good cycling news, as NYC Critical Mass nearly reaches extinction, meetup #BikeNYC did reach extinction, and we just learned, there will be no Ghost Bike Memorial Ride this year not because we reached Vision Zero in 2015.

New Tappan Zee Bridge bike/ped path set to open in 2018, but…

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Screenshot from “New NY Bridge – Conceptual Rendering” youtube video 2:28.

Good news, yes, the 12 foot wide Shared Use Path (SUP), is scheduled to open in 2018, but it appears for years, many South Nyack residents are concerned about, having their city made more bike friendly (otherwise known as NIMBYism).

One would think the 3,500 residents would be more concerned about the expansion of the bridge to 4 lanes in either direction, currently daily, bringing an average of 140,000 motorists (with a high of 170,000) and its increased pollution, and potential accidents due to increased speeding? A uniform 100 to 120 motor vehicles per minute.

Instead “Their fear is the 3-mile path may become a tourist attraction. By the state Thruway Authority’s own estimates, 473 visitors could visit it per hour during peak times.” At maximum, 8 people per minute, not the average, or median number.

So instead of having the bike path ending calmly, in the town itself, the residents strongly advocated to dump cyclists in a yet to be built 56 space parking lot at Exit 10, a nearby busy exit off the Tappan Zee Bridge, and the Raymond G. Esposito Trail, the so called “Concept F”, due to concerns about additional local traffic.

In the long run, the residents could regret this, as the bike ride to the Tarrytown Metro North Station, is much flatter, than biking to the Nanuet Metro North Station, any time they want to invade the City by public transportation (Metro North offers a $5.00 lifetime permit to bring bicycles on their trains), or bike across the bridge for any other purposes.

To avoid this mistake, an additional access point is needed at the River Road/Piermont Avenue/Bike Route 9 crossing, and since the 56 new parking spots at Exit 10 are written in stone, this should not cause any additional motorized traffic for local residents by tourists.

Finally, a source tells me, even 24/7 access to the SUP is in question, if you can believe that?

Public comment on the proposals is open until 4/1/2016, no joking, so don’t be a fool, send an e-mail to info@NewNYBridge.com about these and other issues concerning this vital bike path.

The Shared Use Path (SUP) appears between 2:23 to 2:45 in the video