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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Looks like a group of students started a bike sharing program in Washington DC using cell phones being called â€œthe first stationless smart bike sharing program in North America.â€ It’s called: WeBike.
Hmmm, I mean really what kind of system could be successful, started on a college campus?
For Bikesharing, Forget Stations; All You Need Is a Phone
Submitted by Ginger Moored on January 25, 2011 A small start-up near Washington, D.C. has started what it calls â€œthe first stationless smart bike sharing program in North America.â€ And all it took to get the system up and running was some bikes, U-locks and mobile phones.
In the fall of 2007, Allie Armitage and three classmates at the University of Maryland, College Park, just outside of the nationâ€™s capital, decided to design a campus bikeshare program for their â€œSystems Thinkingâ€ course. Armitage says one team member, Vlad Tchompalov, had just seen the new bikeshare systems in Paris and Berlin and thought they could implement a smaller-scale version on their 37,000-student campus. They figured that a system with stations would be a huge step up from the communal â€œyellow bikeâ€ programs in places like Portland, Ore. that failed because the bikes were left unlocked and most were stolen.
Sign up now for NYC’s best group ride through all 5 boroughs. Press Release
Bike New York Announces Charity Partners Program for TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
Bike New York, a nonprofit bicycle event and education organization, announced today that 34 charities have been selected to participate in its new Charity Partners program for the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports on May 1, 2011. This year also marks the 34th
anniversary of the Tour.
Bike New York will encourage all 32,000 cyclists to fund-raise for charity while riding in North America’s largest bicycling event. Building on past work with charity partners, Bike New Yorkâ€™s new program included an extensive application and selection process focusing on nonprofit organizations that have the ability to pack a punch when it comes to fund-raisingâ€”through social media, innovative PR, and sophisticated tracking tools.
Participating charities stand to benefit in two ways. Everyone who signs up for the tour will have the option to designate one of these charities to ride for, and the charities will also offer special guaranteed entries with a fund-raising commitment (which can also mean a chance to snag a spot for those who get closed out of regular registration). Bike New Yorkâ€™s goal is for the event to raise as much money for these charities as possible.
Registration for the Tour begins on February 1st at 10 a.m. at www.bikenewyork.org and is expected to close out in record time. The event takes place starting at 8:00 a.m. on May 1.
Bike New York will list the top fund-raising teams on its website and give prizes and recognition to the teams and individuals that raise the most funds.
In addition to the ride, the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports features live entertainment along the route, five rest areas with free snacks, a fun Festival after the tour with even more live music, and the energy and buzz that only 32,000 cyclists swooshing through NYC streets can generate.
For more information on Bike New York and the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, please visit www.bikenewyork.org
With all this talk of “Crackdown” Time’s Up shows some Love. Volunteers for NYC’s hottest bike activist group were handing out chocolate tokens and flyers today on the Manhattan bridge for their upcoming Valentines’s Day Party.
And last but certainly not least,
Kenton Hoppas has been making a documentary about what it takes to be a career courier. He’s got great interviews with veterans like Squid, James Adamson and Kurt Boone. Check out the trailer for his film: