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.

Documentary of NY Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham has had 28 bikes stolen in NYC in his decade long career as a fashion photographer. This hasn’t stopped him from choosing the bicycle as his favorite form of transportation to capture the life blood of the fashion world as depicted on the streets of NYC. There is a new documentary from Zeitgeist Films, about this legendary photographer who’d much rather be behind the camera.

Catch it now at NYC’s Film Forum, (extended until April 7th)

Official film website.

From the website, about this movie:

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour.

The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.”

Article from the NY Times.

Video from Time’s Up Pies of March Ride. #bikenyc

Wow, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Janette Sadik-Kahn, Iris Weinshall…all at a bike rally together? Amazing.

April Fools…well sort of. It’s the Pies of March ride with Time’s Up. Thanks for the video Peter S.

Another tragic cyclist death in NYC

If the NYPD is so concerned about safety of NYC cyclists, such as setting up a speed trap in Central Park, maybe they should start scrutinizing over the driving records and licenses of bus drivers and tour companies.

First there was last week’s tour bus accident in the Bronx, killing 13. The driver of the bus allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and the tour company, World Wide Tour, has been cited five times over the past two years for fatigued driving.

Last night perhaps an MTA M15 bus driver should be cited for driving while blind. He plowed into a food delivery person and crushed his head under the back wheel, claiming he didn’t even see him.


Collision with City Bus
March 25, 2011

A delivery bicyclist was killed by a city bus today after the two collided on the Upper East Side, authorities said.

The rider was heading eastbound on East 96th Street when he was fatally struck by an M15 bus traveling south on Second Avenue at 4:10 p.m., according to witnesses.

The victim was hit by the front of the bus, slid underneath the vehicle and, then, had his head crushed by a rear tire, witnesses added.

The bus driver kept going, apparently unaware he had struck someone.

Transportation officials and cops are still seeking the bus, said an MTA spokesman.

Read more: here.

It’s so hard to see cyclists, especially when it’s 4:15pm in the afternoon.

Red Hook Crit tonight!

Don’t forget the Red Hook Criterium is tonight. This is bike racer David August Trimble’s annual birthday celebrations pitting the best of Road, Cross, Track and Street in a closed laps course on the mean streets of Red Hook Brooklyn.

Here is a bit about some of the racers to watch from Cinelli’s Blog True Stories.

There is one big question at Red Hook this year: CAN THE STREETS WIN AGAIN? Such has been the rapid growth in the glamour and prestige of the race that this year the field is filled with some of the country’s strongest athletes from all disciplines of the sport, not just street riders (three monster track champions will be in the field), but also Professional ‘cross, track, road and mountain bike riders. We like good stories too much to wish anything but a huge victory from a rider who learned to race on the street – we’re excited as hell for what is almost certainly the most competitive amateur race of the year.

Here is a list compiled by David Trimble and edited by Lodovico Pignatti-Morano which covers, category by category, the riders to watch next Saturday:


1. Neil Bezdek

Read more here.

There will be a group ride to the event from the Manhattan EMS store, one of this year’s sponsors.

Find out more about the new course announced and this awesome cycling event here.

Part 2 of Brian Lehrer’s segment on the bike lane debate.

Part 2 of the bike lane debate with Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson on Brian Lehrer.

Howard Wolfson…”Bike Lanes are popular in NYC. The vast bulk of the people in this city support bike lanes.” NYC’s deputy mayor directly responds to the litigator Jim Waldon and the anti-bike lane NIMBY’s he represents. He also responds to a really good question from a caller (Mike in Brooklyn) who asks, “Why is the NYPD harassing cyclists.”

Source page here.

And here is more about Lawyer Jim Walden and why exactly he’s working pro bono on this.

“Boy, I’m sure glad every one of the 3,300 people currently on death row in this country all have great lawyers, much better than former Assistant United States Attorney, and Gibson Dunn partner, Jim Walden!

Because Mr. Walden, Esq, is busily interpreting pro bono to mean representing former DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall, and former deputy mayor Norman Steisel, er… “Neighbors For Better Bike Lanes”, in their effort to have the Prospect Park West bike lane removed, against the expressed wishes of the vast majority of the community, and the Community Board which has repeatedly voted in support of it.”>

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