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:
I just read this article in Crain’s about Worksman Cycles in Ozone Park Queens:
Queens bike maker seeks big leg up
Longtime supplier in race for citywide contract; will deep local roots help?
January 30, 2011 5:59 AM
By Hilary Potkewitz
Ever since the city’s Department of Transportation started asking for proposals for a citywide bike-share program in November, a small bike factory in Queens has been trying to get noticed.
â€œIt’s a grassroots effort at this point, but we’re trying to create as much awareness as we can with local businesses, the Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s Office,â€ says Wayne Sosin, president of Worksman Cycles. In fact, the company has been quietly wheeling out heavy-duty bicycles and tricycles in Ozone Park since the 1890s.
â€œNo other city has the opportunity to source their bicycles from their own local bike manufacturer,â€ Mr. Sosin adds, noting that Worksman bikes are already used in several smaller U.S. cities’ bike-share programs. â€œIf that didn’t happen in New York, it would be tragic.â€
This reminded me of recent developments with a new potential fleet of taxi cabs for NYC. Non of the potential bids the city was looking at were vehicles made in America.
Seems like a real shame if the city puts 50,000 new bikes on our streets for a potential bike sharing program and non of them are made by one of the oldest manufactures of bicycles, made locally in Ozone Park Queens.
Good op-ed piece from Chris O’Shea on how the NYC crackdown on cyclists is unfair.
Crackdown on Cycling Unfair to Cyclists
The NYPD has staged an all-out war on cycling, as if people on two wheels are the only ones who break the law.
By Chris O’Shea | January 29, 2011
I commute to work on my bike nearly every day, barring extreme weather.
Every week day, it’s the same thing: Ride from my Classon Avenue apartment into Manhattan, where I work near Murray Hill. The ride is about seven miles each way, and I love it.
As odd as it sounds, I feel like it gives me some time to be alone in a city where I rarely get that opportunity. I’ve been riding my bike regularly for about eight months now, so I feel like I’ve seen it all.
But now that the NYPD has decided to crackdown on cyclists – the New York Post says theyâ€™ve issued a staggering 1,000 tickets in the last two weeks – I’m realizing that maybe I haven’t.
Kevin Dillard of demoncats is an awesome photographer who documents bike culture, especially alley cat racing.
Looks like he’s got a new book coming out.
Saw this on his facebook page: Hip’ the first Demon Cats book just went to print and should be publish in a couple of weeks. With a 170 photos and 125 pages, this has been a labor of love. and not enough thanks to everyone that help.
Congratulations Kevin. Can’t wait to spread the word on this!