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Charlie Speaks, You Should Listen…And Get Involved

Charlie McCorkell was going to Washington to fight for cyclists safety long before there was a National Bike Summit. He was painting his own bike lanes and taking matters into his own hands.

You may know Charlie as the jovial owner of one of the most established bike shops in NYC, Bicycle Habitat, […]

Summing up the Summit at the National Bike Summit 2015

Washington DC-The Ladies of the #webiketoDC coalition made it to the National Bike Summit, despite Arctic Vortexes and snowy weather.

More about their journey from Streetsblog USA:

The Freezing NYC-DC Bike Ride to Support Women in Cycling By: Angie Schmitt March 3rd, 2014

The 2014 National Bike Summit is underway in our nation’s […]

WeBiketoDC, National Bike Summit and More.

Early next week is the National Bike Summit (March 3rd-5th) in Washington D.C. where cyclists get a chance to discuss bicycle transportation policy on a National Level.

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx will be there:

for this convention hosted by the League of American Cyclists.

You can follow along on twitter, […]

Preferred Mode-Photo Blog and Book from Sam Polcer

Photo By: Sam Polcer, Rider: Vivian rides a Takara Kabuto single-speed bike photographed at 38th St. and 8th Ave., Manhattan . and 8th Ave., Manhattan en route to Koreatown for lunch.

This photograph is part of a photo blog and soon to be book by Sam Polcer who is a writer and photographer […]

Sweet Ride in Bicycling Magazine

My Man Steve Issacs from LA’s Sweetride just got a 8 page spread in the latest Bicycling Magazine.

Featuring the lovely Nona Varnado who tragically left us for that sunny West Coast city.

Read more from the Sweet Ride Blog:

Check out Sweet Ride USA in Bicycling Magazine!

Holy moly, this is amazing. […]

To E or not to E.

Electric bicycles and electric assist bicycles are apparently banned in New York City but you’d never know it by the amount of them whipping by you on the sidewalk with a rush order of hot wings.

I know New Yorkers feel threatened by these vehicles, who seem to want their cake and eat […]

Cars and Comedians Meet Bikes and Sweets

There is side of me that always feels being an avid cyclist is being the underdog. Maybe it was because I was the awkward short kid who always got picked last for team sports. That made me lose interest in the game, but when I soloed out on a long bike ride, I felt […]

Slush, Studies and Summits.

One thing cyclists love to do is ride their bicycles…well maybe not in the #slushopoclypse that plagued the streets of NYC over the last couple of days.
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Even die hard mechanic Hal Ruzal from Bicycle Habitat known for commuting shirtless, (not in this weather) opted for the subway.
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He did however find a sweet bike for the ride home, incase you were worried. 20140205-193743.jpg(photo by: @khp_art )

Bike blogger, Liz Patek at: bikepeacenyc.wordpress.com wrote about getting around in what she called: “Slush-Apaloza.”

Getting from A to B this morning was a hot slushy mess this morning no matter which mode of transportation you chose.

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Read more: here.
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That’s One Way to Get High, Foster and Partners unveil SkyCycle in London

Whoa, I missed the boat on this one. Lord Norman Foster is a UK architect who has given us such things in NYC as the Hearst Tower and the new elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo…

He’s also behind the soon to be completed (2016), Two World Trade Center down by the Freedom Tower […]

Spills and Kills, but no Vision Zero. A round up January events on street safety and traffic violence.

I was taking a bit of a hibernation here in 2014, dodging the “Artic Vortex(s)” and bad road conditions. This had nothing to do with my recent crash. On Monday (1/20/14) I went out for drinks to congratulate my pal Jonathan Beck who you may remember from his bad bike crash in 2010. He has long since been rebuilt with bionics and has replicated a new cycling maniac of the future–a baby girl. Congratulations to him and wife Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud on daughter, 8.5lb Bucklin Solvei Beck, entering planet Earth, 1/4/14. They’ve got Norwegian roots which explains the names and they’ll be using the middle one (Solvei). Speaking of Bucklin…A front basket that I personally improperly installed on one of my bikes dug into my front wheel on the ride home from drinking with Beck. This caused me to do a endo over the front handlebars in a NY minute and land right on my big nose. Luckily the helmet I insist on wearing helped my injuries to be mostly contained to my face. A very nice Park Slope resident, witnessed my face plant and was very helpful in convincing me not to walk to the nearest hospital (Methodist) but rather to take the ambulance he had phoned in. This was a much better decision then trying to walk 10 blocks with a scarf trying to stop the bleeding. The doctors in the ER were helpful, but it did take 6 hours to get a CAT-scan, Motrin and two stitches…but expect NYC ER’s to be overloaded because of all the hospital closings.

So I haven’t updated the blog in a while in my face healing time, it seems like I should put something up on here, seeing as 2014 is my 10th year of writing this thing.

The bike community here in NYC is eagerly waiting to see what will happen with the new progressive Mayor Bill DeBlasio and his recently appointed administration, primarily the police commissioner William Bratton and new Department of Transportation commish, Polly Trottenberg.

We’re definitely off to a rough start with 18 pedestrian and cyclist fatalities since Mayor DeBlasio was sworn in at the start of 2014.
Here is a brief timeline of some of what’s been going on.

The End of 2013:
Once again, Time’s Up did New Year’s Eve right with a mobile dance party bike ride and after party in Central Park at the Belvedere Castle. If you ever get a chance to experience this event, it’s a great way to ring in the New Year. You get to ride past all the stuck people in Time’s Square waiting for Ryan Seacrest to drop the ball. I mean, it’s freezing, but your movin. Here is a quick video:

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Our bike friendly former D.O.T. commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan is out and jumping on board with outgoing Mayor of the rich side of the two cities, Michael Bloomberg’s team. He’s launching a consulting firm called Bloomberg Associates which will tell other cities how to have the largest wealth desperately and not to drink too much soda. Hopelly Janette will get them to ride more bicycles and cars not to see them as road obstacles.

More about the future of Bloomberg Associates from the NY Times.

Incoming D.O.T. commissioner is Polly Trottenberg:
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A federal transportation policy maker with credentials include working with New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on the 1998 federal transportation bill and for Senator Chuck Schumer.

Here is more about her from Ben Fried with Streetsblog.org

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January 2nd, 2014

Mayor DeBlasio is sworn in and transportation commissioner, Polly Trottenberg meets with parents who were on hand to keep the mayor on task about his promise of working towards Vision Zero. They are also victims of recent traffic violence and lost loved ones to reckless drivers. Vision Zero, is a goal adopted by NYC and brought forward by the new mayor to work towards having zero traffic fatalities of pedestrians and cyclists. Although that number may be impossible to obtain, the idea is to treat every traffic violent death as equally significant and even one death is too many. It is also a goal of a city, to work towards making efforts to make these fatalities avoidable through infrastructure, awareness and cracking down on motor vehicle violations. This seems especially important when for the last three years, around this time, the NYPD has chosen to crack down on bad cycling behavior and making no efforts to curb speeding cars and other moving violations that end up killing people, unlike bikes not stopping for lights in Central Park.

The Commissioner wasn’t aware of this particular demonstration on inauguration day, but the site of it caught her attention and she made time to find out what the people holding the vision zero signs had to say:

Trottenberg Meets Parents of Traffic Violence Victims at Inauguration. by Stephen Miller.

Incoming Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, right, speaks with Amy Cohen, whose 12-year-old son was killed by a driver on Prospect Park West. Photo: Stephen Miller

Mayor DeBlasio introduces the new police commissioner William Bratton at a press conference. Bratton a former NYC police commissioner in NYC (1994-96) has been in Los Angeles, vehemently cracking down on jaw walkers of those few citizens that actually aren’t driving in a car.

Here is a video from Bratton’s press conference:

Continue reading Spills and Kills, but no Vision Zero. A round up January events on street safety and traffic violence.