I do get strange requests from time to time for posting events and bike related products. I guess it’s because I’m so hip and plugged into the pulse of the people, discovering the amazing awesomeness of the bicycle.
So I guess it came as no surprise that a new innovation in news would want me to give them a plug.
I just got sent an email from someone wanting me to alert people about a news service available exclusively for the ipad. It’s called the Daily. Looking a little deeper I discovered the Daily is owned by Rupert Murdoch creator of FOX news and such outstanding investigative reporters such as this guy:
Now, what I can’t figure out is why this guy:
who normally has come up with rather innovative creations like the ipad and can pick from so many news outlets choose to partner up with people like this:
Television news anchors who’s response to people they disagree with is…”SHUT UP!” Seems fair and balanced to me.
Maybe it’s because Apple creator Steve Jobs is out on sick leave and not in a sane mental state. It’s no surprise that Murdoch’s News Corp would want to reinvent themselves and create distance from reactionaries like Beck and O’Reilly. This is why they bought the Wall Street Journal and now are coming up with this modern form of news delivery that appeals to the plugged in facebook generation. It’s kind of like when you go into a McDonalds and its design is all chic and they have mood lighting and free wifi, yet its still serves big macs and somehow calls it…food.
But lets not forget that FOX also owns the NY POST which just can’t seem to help itself in bashing bicycles, especially during our troubling “CRACKDOWN” and NYPD PR smear campaign.
Like this latest article that pits cyclists against New York City and calls all bike lanes a joke.
So no thanks theDAILY. (oh wait, I guess I just gave them a plug) Then again, we are a free country and you should choose when and how you get news…but remember…theDaily is the same people who do reporting like this:
Simple things like knowing where Egypt is on a map. Is this the kind of innovative news we can expect on our ipads?
Charlie McCorkell is the founder and owner of Bicycle Habitat a massive bike shop on Lafayette St. in Manhattan. Charlie has also dedicated his life to fighting for bicycle rights and advocating for more space on our roadways.
He recently wrote a piece on the changing face of the city and preserving the bicycle infrastructure.
Welcoming the new normal: Why bike lanes matter to our future.
by Charles McCorkell
February 1st, 2011 Change is hard â€“ even when itâ€™s inevitable. Through the past few years, as all New Yorkers adjust to NYC streets changing to be more bike-friendly, the conversation around this evolution always reveals a noteworthy occurrence: Go to any meeting or rally about bike lanes, such as those uptown or in Brooklynâ€™s Prospect Park West, and there is rarely a citizen under 50 opposing the lane, though you will see many of us gray heads mixed in with the pro-bike lane folks.
Look deeper. This resistance is not a classic battle of aged vs. youth. This is a battle between those who believe the status quo is fine and those of us who believe it is killing us, our children and our planet.
By Gregory J. Scott
The Journal, Serving Northeast & Downtown Minneapolis
What does it take to get a Minneapolis cyclist to give up the winter commute? Not a record-setting snowfall, apparently.
JDespite the great winter deluge of December 2010, which dumped more than 33 inches of snow on the metro area â€” the most the city has seen since 1969 â€” Downtown bike commuters continued to climb on to their two-wheelers to get to and from work. And while this should surprise no one â€” cold-hardiness has long been our sceneâ€™s biggest bragging point, our trump card in finally edging out Portland last spring as Bicycling Magazineâ€™s â€œ#1 Bike Cityâ€ â€” this winterâ€™s riders are significant in another way.
They seem to be the only ones prepared for the weather.
and in NYC, from the New York Times Spokes column.
Spokes | Two Wheels, No Fear, In Slush or Powder
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
January 29, 2011, 7:00 pm
(Photo By: Benjamin Norman for The New York Times)
Pascal Sauvayre hopped his front tire through several inches of freshly fallen powder, stopping in front of a small group of cyclists gathered in the morning darkness at the southeast end of Central Park.
â€œPascal! Oh, heâ€™s a hardy soul,â€ called out one of the assembled, Dave Jordan, a pair of ski goggles hanging around his black neck gaiter and a headlamp shining from his helmet.
â€œI had to shovel the sidewalk anyway,â€ Mr. Sauvayre said, explaining why he had come out, at 6:30 on a frigid morning this month, for this race in the snow that had been hastily arranged online days before. It would be fun, the 50-year-old psychologist said.
Taking a cue from Joe and his recent screening of Quicksilver at 718cyclery, comes another movie night in Brooklyn. I mean what better on cold winter nights then to be indoors watching great bike movies.
Friday February 4th, 2011
7pm 718cyclery and Shmaltz brewing company, present a screening of the Giro D’Italia 2010.
at the Glass Shop Coffee house in Prospect Heights.
766 Classon Ave (between Park Pl and Sterling Pl)
How the Common Bike Is Poised for a High-Tech Reinvention
by George Jones
Jan 28, 2011 09:20 AM
Three remarkable innovations are transforming the mechanics of the common bicycle. In fact, these new technologies may be the most significant developments in bike engineering since the original “safety” bicycle was invented at the end of the 19th century.
In case you hadn’t heard, small business destroyer Walmart has once again set its sights on opening a store in New York City. They are so determined, they’ve launched an exclusive website for the region along with a smear ad campaign against any city council who stands in opposition.
What’s the big deal? I mean this huge retailer of Chinese products does sell a fixed gear bicycle for under $200.00, right?
Well for those who think bikes should be bought from legitimate establishments, those with qualified professionals who can offer service and repairs and pay employees a fair wage will probably stand in opposition to this big box giant.
There will be a rally at City Hall against Walmart in NYC and Time’s Up is throwing a ride to get the word out.
Brooklyn Bridge Park isn’t the only green open space developing on Brooklyn’s vast waterfront. Tomorrow their will be a meeting to discuss plans for reconstruction on Van Brunt.
While much of the neighborhood’s attention has been to the developing Brooklyn Bridge Park (and its unfortunate housing dropped into the park), there’s another public space worth discussing;
Join the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Regional Plan Association, and your neighbors in a visioning for a new public open space on Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw Streets.
When the Van Brunt Street reconstruction and the Gowanus Flushing Tunnel construction are complete, the 80-ft deep area on the west side of Columbia Street is planned to become an open space element of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. It is one of three open space nodes that we are either designing or commencing the community visioning process.
On February 2nd, background research that has been compiled will be shared with the Columbia Waterfront community.
What: Columbia Waterfront Park Visioning Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: The Union Street Star Theater, 101 Union Street
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Time’s Up Ben Shepard writes a piece on the recent NYPD crackdown on cyclists for the Huffington Post.
New Yorkers: Fight the Bike Backlash
Benjamin Shepard Assistant Professor of Human Service at New York School of Technology/CUNY
Posted: January 31, 2011 04:37 PM
Anthropologist Jeff Ferrell has suggested that while the term hegemony is often an overused term, when one talks about influence of the automobile on U.S. political economy, energy, and urban policy, such a description does not feel unreasonable. Cars dominate urban space in countless ways. In spite of this, the environmental movement has aimed to challenge the very notion of a presumed right of cars to dominate public streets. Faced with the seemingly insurmountable task of creating spaces for bike and non-polluting transportation in the mean streets of New York City, environmental activists have made use of a politics of play, direct action, and community organizing to engage others in the struggle for non-polluting transportation. And today, we’re feeling the backlash.