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8th annual Memorial Ride, this Sunday. 4/21/13

The Annual Memorial Ride brings New Yorkers together to remember pedestrians and cyclists killed in our city over the past year. This will mark the eighth year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike, a white-painted memorial for cyclists, installed since 2012. Please help us [...]

First interstate Bike Share using Smart Lock approach.

NYC isn’t the only Tri-State region launching bike sharing.

Here is a press release from the Hoboken mayor’s office in New Jersey:

Hoboken to Launch First Hybrid Bikeshare

Bike-share pilot will be among first to explore less expensive, more flexible “smart-lock” approach– Hoboken is proud to partner with E3Think, Bike And Roll and [...]

NIMBY protest of one against bike sharing.

Looks like not everyone is down with the new bike sharing program. One disgruntled neighbor decided to stage a sit down in Tribeca where crews were trying to install the bike docking stations.

This comes from Aaron Naparstek ( @Naparstek )

Hmmmm, I wonder if the police will react the same way to this [...]

Red, Bike and Green-a growing movement of Black Folks on bikes is looking for donations

Why aren’t there more black folks on bikes? Great question. Here is one organization that’s trying to change that and build a movement.

Here is how you can get involved.

Here is more info:

About Us Red, Bike and Green is a collective of Black urban cyclists seeking to improve the physical, economic [...]

CitiBike share is coming…

This has been a stellar week for NYC’s very anticipated bike sharing, sponsored by Citibank and due to kick off in May.

Citibike docking stations have already been put up in several Brooklyn locations:

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Here is a nice big one I found in the Fulton Mall on Willoughby St, near a couple of Downtown Brooklyn hotels.

In the beginning of April, Streetsblog.org transportation reporter, Ben Fried, got a chance to take the bikes out for a preview ride:
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Taking Citi Bike for a Test Ride
By: Ben Fried
April 5th, 2013

With Citi Bike set to launch later this spring, the long wait for bike-share in New York City is almost over. But I couldn’t bring myself to wait an instant longer, so recently I headed over to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to try out some Citi Bikes.

A small network of bike-share stations has been operating for the past few months in the Navy Yard, where people who work inside the walls can try out the system, checking out bikes using the same key fobs that annual subscribers will get once Citi Bike launches. I was able to borrow one of the fobs and go for a test spin on a frigid morning in March.

Read more: here.

Which brings us to this week,

Monday (4/14/13)
Streetsblog reporter Stephen Miller reported that NYC Deputy Mayor, Howard Wolfson (twitter: @howiewolf) and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn, launched the official sign up to the citibike program where people can go on line and register for annual memberships.

Howie tweeted:
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Article from Streetsblog:

Sadik-Khan, Wolfson Invite New Yorkers to Sign Up for Bike-Share
by Stephen Miller
April 15th, 2013

wolfson_jsk_citibike_keyDeputy Mayor Howard Wolfson and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan hold a giant Citi Bike key this morning. Photo: Stephen Miller

In 2009, the Department of City Planning released an ambitious blueprint for bike-share in New York, and in 2011, the Department of Transportation began an extensive public process to site actual bike-share stations. Now the planning is giving way to implementation, with North America’s largest year-round bike-share system set to launch in May. Today, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson marked an important milestone: New Yorkers can now sign up for annual bike-share memberships.

Annual membership sign-ups have been open since early this morning, and more than 2,500 people have already subscribed at the rate of about $103 per year (including tax), which entitles users to unlimited rides up to 45 minutes long.

Read more: here.

I wanted to be cool like City Council member Brad Lander ,
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so I signed up, citibikenyc.com/signup for a $103.00 fee and got my annual membership.

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Continue reading CitiBike share is coming…

Cycling Double Feature-April 18th: Rev

Next week, a big double feature of great cycling documentaries at The Symphony Space.

Ride the Divide

and

Reveal the Path

Here is more from promoter Gary Harrington,

I am the promoter for the mountain bike films Ride The Divide and Reveal The Path. [...]

Boombotix party at Affinity Cycles

Boombotix.com makes great portable speakers, great for biking with or just about any where you want your tunes. A great alternative to riding with headphones.

They’ve come along way with their design and are about to launch there latest model…the Boombotix Rex.

They are having a meet and greet to show off their [...]

Video Friday-4/12/13

Here we go with some videos for your Friday:

Title: Pure Fix in NYC
Pure Fix cycles makes a durable, affordable urban commuter. They even make bikes that glow in the dark…But let’s talk about the light, it’s starting to warm up here in NYC. More from Pure Fix:
Weather’s warming in New York, and you know what that means…bring out the bikes! The Oscar, X-Ray, and a little custom color cruising through our favorite city east of the Mississipp’. Check it!

Pure Fix in NYC from Pure Fix Cycles on Vimeo.

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Title: Time’s Up! Cyclista #3! Women and Trans Dance Bike Ride!
NYC, Saturday, March 30, 2013 – - A Times-up! Dance Bike Ride for women, transgendered folks and friends!
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Title: The Man Who Cares
Seen on: Urban Velo
A short film from Soigneur Magazine following soigneur Garry Beckett at the Six Days of Rotterdam.

The Man Who Cares from Soigneur on Vimeo.

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Title: Chrome and Crosby Press
Seen on: Urban Velo
It’s not that Chrome needs OUR help, but I really enjoy this interview video and the straightforward, no crap style of Chrome president Steve McCallion. There aren’t too many companies that have been around so long, are so successful, and appeal to such a broad audience, yet have retained the spirit of their humble beginnings. Steve seems to embody the Chrome brand as if it’s an extension of his personality. And we all know they don’t make crappy bags either. I have yet to visit a Chrome storefront, but I’ll certainly make the trip should I be close enough. Or, hey Steve, wanna open one in Indianapolis?

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Title: Red Hook Crit Art Installation
Seen on: Urban Velo
Artist, Eric Corriel, was asked to create an installation for this year’s Red Hook Crit that just went down in Brooklyn. Last year he projected an animation onto a warehouse wall, but this year wanted to combine the projection with the riders themselves. As Corriel describes his piece,

“I was first asked to participate in the Red Hook Crit in 2012 and for that iteration I projected an animated abstraction of a bicycle race onto a warehouse. For 2013 I removed all elements of abstraction and put my art in direct contact with the race participants and projected onto (them and) the track itself. Instead of the art being about its subject, now it’s an inseparable part of it.”

See all of Corriel’s work here.

Light Bikes from Eric Corriel on Vimeo.

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Continue reading Video Friday-4/12/13

Time’s Up-Clean up Gardens, Celebrate Earth Day

Time’s Up is getting busy for April, cleaning up community gardens and cleaning up the Earth. Photo from Time’s Up Flickr.

Here are some ways to get involved:

Community Garden Clean-Up Day at La Plaza Cultural Saturday, April 13, 12pm, East 9th St & Ave C. NYC Come join the Lower East [...]

BrooklynSpoke spies bike share stations in Brooklyn

Doug Gordon of Brooklyn Spoke got a sneak peak at a Citi Bike sharing station in Brooklyn. Here is a recent blog post:

Citi Bike (stations) Come to Brooklyn!

On Saturday, Transportation Alternative’s Paul Steely White nearly broke the Internet when he posted the first picture of a Citi Bike station on a [...]