This weekend there was a ton of stuff going on.
Thursday was a private party for the Bicycle Film Festival at the beautiful Angel Oransanz Gallery in the Lower East Side. The festival director Brendt Barbur and his staff had a nice reception for friends of the festival. Hosted by their new sponsor who seems to be down with bikes: 42 Below Vodka.
Wait, Vodka sponsor, bikes and Brendt’s got a busted arm? Remember kids, if your going to drink, bike responsibly.
(photo by trudyatnyc)
In attendance was none other than: Janette Sadik Kahn, the DOT Commissioner.
She gave a short speech praising the festival and promoting the hard work of the DOT, bring more bike infrastructure to NYC.
It was a nice coming together of the bicycle community from all flavors.
Transportation Alternatives provided valet parking.
In attendance were many of the film makers from this year’s festival including:
Brian Schoenfelder, who made the documentary “Third Wheel” about the struggle for pedicabs in NYC.
Peter Meitzler, (on the left) who owns Manhattan Rickshaw one of the key people to bring pedicabs to NYC and film maker Brian Schoenfelder.
Here is his trailer.
Also there was Noah Budnick of the Alliance for Biking and Walking to promote an event to coincide with the BFF this year.
42 Below Vodka is sponsoring the 42Ride Pedals Challenge: (from the website)
“42 riders are heading south to Philadelphia and then will split into two groups of 21 riders heading westwards, one touring the north and one touring the south. Participants will pedal an impressive total of 4,017 miles across the country from New York City to Los Angeles, witnessing some of the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer.”
The festival letters had some beef with Brendt because Wonka was riding on them…
(image by disconnec)
Saturday, there was an outdoor block party that kind of got rained out, but there was still some street skills to be had on fixed gears and BMX.
(image by: mikeywally)
There were two alleycat races: Bridge Battle 5 and Global Gutz (NYC)
Steve posted some videos that I got off of Prolly’s blog.
Then on Sunday there was a last chance to see the Joy Ride art show attended by a really cute baby.
(come on, it’s Father’s Day)
and of course, Bike Polo.