Tuff City Styles Alleycat

Stoned Tone
(photo by: Doug D)

Has hooked up with Tuff City Styles Tattoo in the BX and is throwing an alleycat this weekend:

More details visit Tone’s Tumblr site:


Check out this new column from about the economics of the bicycle:

From the site:

Bikenomics A Grist Special Series
Series Intro

Bicycle transportation is good for a lot of things—it’s healthy, it’s green, it’s quiet, it’s fun, it builds community. It also makes financial sense, and the magnitude of bicycling’s economic impact gets far less attention than it deserves. In the Bikenomics series, Elly Blue explores the scope of that impact, from personal finance to local economies to the big picture of the national budget. In the grassroots and on a policy level, the bicycle is emerging as an effective engine of economic recovery.

Read more from Elly Blue, here.

Speaking of good bicycle economics, here is a video about San Francisco’s Bicycle Coffee Company, delivering the best in fair trade organic coffee.

Seen on

Recap from Last weekend: Sunday PPW rally

Sunday was the “We ride the lanes,” family friendly bike rally to support the Prospect Park Bike Lane. I stopped by with the family and friends and found myself trying to explain to a man with a foreign accent, “Why would anyone be against a bike lane?”

Here is an article from with further explanation:

Hundreds ride to support Brooklyn bike lane.
by Sarah Goodyear
“Well, if supporters of the Prospect Park West bike lane in Brooklyn are a bunch of terrorists (as some bike-lane opponents might have it), they are very effectively disguised as cute little kids and their parents. Streetfilms has the evidence.

Yesterday, hundreds of bike lane supporters showed up to ride the controversial lane, which has become the target of a lawsuit filed by neighbors seeking to have it removed. (Full disclosure: some of the material filed as part of the suit consists of nasty comments from Streetsblog, a website where I used to work.) The lane’s opponents say it is a safety hazard.”

read more here.

Here is a video by Clarence Eckerson Jr of

and an article in Gothamist:

Big Crowd Rides PPW Bike Lane
by: John Del Signore

(photo by: noa.cortes)

On Sunday, an estimated 750 cyclists rode the Prospect Park West bike lane in Park Slope as part of a rally in support of the lane that has prompted a lawsuit against the DOT. (The unabashedly anti-cyclist NY Post craftily reports that “more than 200 cyclists” took part, but organizers say they handed out all 400 “We Ride the Lanes” t-shirts at least 20 minutes before the ride was even scheduled to begin.) Here’s an ultra feel-good video from the ride, courtesy Streetfilms; you may recognize the stock music from every instructional video you’ve been forced to watch in your life.
Read more at here.

There’s also a flickr photo pool with tons of photos of families in attendance.

April 9th, turning Japanese…Japan Aid Alleycat

Got this message from Juliana who is a messenger for breakaway courier. She is throwing an alleycat in NYC to help aid with the disaster relief in Japan.

From facebook:

Come out and celebrate the hanami like a track star! Never raced before? Pop it with us at Chari & co, and let the vets show you how it’s done.
Race for a good cause, and come help the New York Bike Messenger Foundation show some solidarity with our friends in Japan. Wacky challenges and a course that incorporates Japanese cultural landmarks in our own fair city.
Bring a lock, a bag, and an extra dollar. ;o)

$10, suggested mnimum, to race
Registration 1pm
Race 2pm
check points, challenges, and PRIZES!!

After party at the Double Down Saloon, 14 Ave A @ Houston

Donations and sponsored matches welcome.
For more more information:
Donations are already being accepted online at, just click “donate”

Thank you so much for your support!


New York Bike Messenger Foundation 501(c)3

Chari & Co NYC


City Bicycles NYC

Chrome Messenger Bags

NYCMessQueen Courtney Gamble

Ride Brooklyn

ku. jewelry

Read more at the Facebook events page.

Bike Porn is coming back to NYC, April 11th

Rev Phil from Portlandia, sent me this trailer:

Like’s like there is another bike porn movie tour,

Find out more here.

Dutch Reporter looking for Dutch biker in NYC

(photo by @noneck)

A Dutch TV reporter contacted me and I thought I’d pass it along.

Dear Michael,
My name is Ilja Willems, I’m a reporter for Dutch tv. I am producing an item about Biking in NYC and I am searching for a Dutch person who is actively involved with the whole pro-bike campaign in NYC.
Would you have any suggestions?
Thank you very much in advance.
Ilja Willems

Ilja Willems
TV Director & Producer
Brooklyn, New York
Tel: (+1) 917 855 5791

Family bike ride Prospect Park West bike lane.

Here is a fun family event to support the Prospect Park West bike lane:

Sunday, April 10 · 10:30am – 1:30pm
Grand Army Plaza
Kids and parents: Show your support for the new Prospect Park West bike path by riding it as a family this Sunday, April 10!

Supported by: Ride Brooklyn, Bicycle Habitat, Bark, Transportation Alternatives, Blue Sky Bakery and Level2.

Families and friends of the new Prospect Park West will be gathering at Grand Army Plaza at 10:30 a.m and getting some cool free t-shirts. Starting at 11 a.m. we’ll be riding (and walking) the entire length of the bike path to the Bartel-Pritchard entrance of Prospect Park at 15th Street.

At the end of the ride there will be free hot dogs from Bark, cupcakes from Blue Sky Bakery and more from our bike shop sponsors, Bicycle Habitat and Ride Brooklyn.

Volunteers from Transportation Alternatives will be stationed along the route to keep the ride safe and hopefully free of skinned knees.

It should be a lovely day, a great ride or walk for everyone and an important opportunity to celebrate safe, family-friendly streets for Brooklyn.

Please forward this email on to anyone and everyone who might be interested in joining the ride.

See you there!

Facebook event page.

APRIL FOOL’s Day, #30daysofbiking

I think the biggest fool’s day event was the very successful run of the @bronxzooscobra on twitter. Oh well, now that the 20″ Egyptian cobra is safely back in her tank and not gallivanting all over the city, somehow will have to find a way to get on with our lives.

Today starts #30daysofbiking, an event started by two cyclists out of Minnesota, Patrick Stephenson and Zach Schaap, to encourage people to get on their bikes and ride everyday of April. Here is a little interview I did with them last year.

Here in NYC we can look forward to the first day in riding conditions quite possibly like this:


If you’d like to participate, go to their website here, and register. Post your rides with the hashtag #30daysofbiking on twitter.

There will be a few Friday alleycat races including our own famous Steve “Pops” Kleins right here in NYC.

Steve is known for picking checkpoints on the most obscure street names around so this will really be a test of your knowledge of the city. This is a fun paced ride open to all.

Meet at 6:00pm at Tribeca Park, Beach St. and West Broadway. Manhattan. Race starts at 7:00pm sharp. 4/1/11

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More details from Urban Cyclist World Wide

Okay, here’s the full info:

Date: April 1, 2011 (no joke!)

Start location: Tribeca Park (where Beach Street, West Broadway, and Sixth Avenue all converge)

Registration opens: 6:00pm

Race Starts: 7:00pm SHARP

$1.00 fee; lock required.

Cash and prizes awarded
Here’s an alleycat I found in Syracuse:

A little more details form

Handy Guide: Ride with Bikes

Mike Castleman has created a new quick and easy website giving you information whether it’s ok to take a bike on various forms of NYC public transportation, Subway, Staten Island Ferry, Metro North:

Check it out

Congratulations to Dan Chabanov

Winner of this year’s fourth annual Red Hook Crit.
(photo by:

See more of his race photos:

on his Flickr Set.

Also some amazing photos fromTAK (Takuya Sakamoto)

See more at New York Bike Dreams.