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Rob Ford hates Bikes and is Exposes in New Doc. Bikes vs Cars

I have to admit, it’s quite entertaining watching the exploits of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Between the crack smoking and the drunken stupors there is never a dull moment and finally our neighbors to the North are starting to out buffoon us for a change. I mean certainly not the first mayor to endulge [...]

Video Friday. 12/13/13

It’s been a while but here is another installment of Video Fridays, spanning the world (wide web) to bring you some top cycling video content posted on my favorite bike blogs.

First up, Urban Velo:

Title: Acer Wander Photo Tour with Dan Barham
Seen On: Urbanvelo
Description: Photographer Dan Barham and the Acre clothing crew headed into the Alps for a few days of film shooting, turning a product testing mission into an adventure photo project. Check the video and then full story, with more images and video clips, atwww.acre-supply.com

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Title: Road Bike Party 2
Seen On: Urbanvelo
Description: A bike is a bike, it’s all about the skill of the rider. So eat your heart out BMXers. Check out these road bike tricks. A video sequel to Road Bike Party, which has over 9 million on line views. Featuring the sick skills of riders Ashton, Danny Macaskill, and Chris Akrigg.
The video shows Ashton, Danny Macaskill, and Chris Akrigg doing tricks and students in multiple locations.

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Title:Dear Motorist
Seen On: Urbanvelo
Description: An letter to Motorists to help prevent cyclist fatalities.

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Title: Eskil riding a bike at 80km backwards, Trollstigen
Seen On: Urbanvelo
Description: Eskli Rønningsbakken is an extreme stunts artist from Strange, Norway. It’s one thing to ride a bike downhill on a curvy narrow mountain road at top speeds of 80k, but how about backwards.

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Title: Wolfpack Hustle: All Out War
Seen On: Urbanvelo
Description:
Wolfpack Hustle takes it to the track for a 24-lap elimination race at the Carson Olympic Velodrome. The streets are always exciting, but there’s something surreal about going all out in the velodrome. Hot.


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Title: Bike Tricks from the 1950′s
Seen On: Urbanvelo
Description:Saw this one making the rounds and thought we should share. From the video description, “Harry Kramer, a 76-year-old street entertainer, performs bicycle tricks on Main Street in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. This newsreel footage is from the 1950s and is still entertaining after all these years.”


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Title:Surly Mask Country
Seen On: Urbanvelo

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Does Cycling Make Us Happier?

Oopsmark.ca out of Montreal, Canada makes a great solution to how to carry your wine around.

They recently had this great post on their blog, which just made me smile:

The Science Behind Why Cycling Makes Us Happier (photo by: Kharied-flickr)

“You hear so many cyclists gushing about their daily rides [...]

Transportation Alternatives Activist Party-Tonight

Transportation Alternatives Activist Party

Join us for our annual celebration of T.A.’s neighborhood activist leaders at Brooklyn Brewery. Enjoy delicious brews, snacks, remarks from New York’s new class of elected officials, and more.

Event Details Monday, December 9, 2013 7 – 10 pm Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room 79 North 11th Street Brooklyn

Source: [...]

Bike Talk Radio-Tonight 8pm-9pm

Tonight I’ll be on the Bike Talk NYC radio show with Keegan and Nadette.

We’ll be talking about the book I co-authored, Bike NYC, with photographer Ed Glazar and award winning author Marci Blackman. We’ll also be talking about how it’s NOT ok to Kill cyclists or pedestrians in the wake of [...]

Cargo Bike Collective Fundraiser-11/17/13

Help support the cargo bikes collective:

Saturday, 11/17/13

7:00pm

Come test ride the cargo bike of your dreams! Help us replace cars in NYC!

Meet us at 4pm at Grand Army Plaza for a bike ride deep with our big bikes. Or, just come straight to the party at the Koz Kollective-268 Kosciusko St. [...]

All-City at the Philly Bike Expo

All-City Bicycles, started by Jeff Frane out of Minneapolis, makes really great bikes for urban commuting.

Jeff: “My goals with All-City are to make things that people who love bikes want to own, and to help steer the industry in ways that positively serve the riders and shops.”

Jeff recently attended the [...]

Is It Ok To Kill Articles That Get It All Wrong About Cyclists?

Quite often I get these emails and texts from people alerting me of an article I should read about cycling. Often it’s from a credited publication like the NY Times so naturally it peaks my interest. Turns out, 9-10 times the op-ed or discussion is about some out-of-touch person who really doesn’t like biking and probably shouldn’t even be writing an article that does nothing for the activity but rather makes cycling hating drivers feel justified for their road rage or cycling enthusiasts defend themselves for their choice of transportation. As one of the laters I often feel obligated to chime in since the article itself is getting attention and it’s my job to help defend cycling. Luckily most of the time the arguments are weak, so my job is made easy. It’s also quite baffling how these people are given the word space, especially with the current state of publishing in the digital age.

I’m actually quite hungry for honest debate about whether cycling is a legitimate form of transportation but instead I get this:
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The latest comes from some guy named Daniel Duane from San Francisco who was fortunate to have his opinions published in the New York Times on Sunday.

Is It Ok To Kill Cyclists?
Right away, Duane illustrates my point about being a hater with a description of himself: “SAN FRANCISCO — EVERYBODY who knows me knows that I love cycling and that I’m also completely freaked out by it.”

Ah, that’s funny cause I know a lot of writers on the subject of cycling and somehow, I’ve never heard of you…must be a West Coast thing. Next he says:

Duane: “I got into the sport for middle-aged reasons: fat; creaky knees; the delusional vanity of tight shorts. Registering for a triathlon, I took my first ride in decades.”

I’m not sure a triathlon is the best place to start cycling…seems a bit extreme, how about just going to get a delicious burrito in the Mission or a leisurely cruise across the Golden Gate bridge.

Duane: “Wind in my hair, smile on my face, I decided instantly that I would bike everywhere like all those beautiful hipster kids on fixies. Within minutes, however, I watched an S.U.V. hit another cyclist, and then I got my own front wheel stuck in a streetcar track, sending me to the pavement.”

Yeah it’s called learning how to operate a vehicle, just like when you stalled in traffic on one of those hills trying to learn how to drive a stick shift. Oh the embarrassment.

The rest of this op-Ed goes on to point out how easy it is for cyclists to get killed by automobiles with little or no criminality attributed to the driver. Now being killed by a car for learning how to love cycling is a very hard lesson to swallow.

I don’t want to belabor over the East Coast vs West Coast thing, but really. One of my Co-Author of the book we did as a travel guide for biking in NYC, (bikenycthebook) Marci Blackman would often talk about biking in San Francisco where she lived for a long time. She would say she felt way more safe in NYC and that in SF the drivers have much more space to speed and how cyclists are treated much more as just being in the way. After all, just cause it’s up North and the birthplace of free lovin hippies, it’s still car culture America, California.

Continue reading Is It Ok To Kill Articles That Get It All Wrong About Cyclists?

Cranksgiving 2013

Next Saturday (11/23/13) is the amazing charity event known as Cranksgiving. If your curious about trying an alleycat race, this is the one for you. It’s fun, open to all levels and helps NYC’s hungry. You don’t have to be a speed demon, knuckle tattoo fixter.

Here is more from event organizer: Ken [...]

WeBike Party 2.0

Tonight WeBike is having another party.

Find out more: here.