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Lost and Found, Story of Hope for Emilie.


I wanted to post this story sooner when I heard the tragic tale of a young art student, Emilie Gossiaux, hit by a semi truck on her bicycle and left for dead at Bellevue Hospital. Instead of this being another tale of feeling helpless at the fate of a victim of reckless driving, this is as bitter sweet story of hope. Emilie’s family, primarily her boyfriend, Alan Lundgard, never gave up on her and averted a possible course of an inactive nursing home to NYU’s innovative Rusk Rehabilitation Center, where Emilie is getting top-notch treatment.


WNYC’s Radiolab did a show about this which aired at the end of January, 2011.

Listen here.

There is a website for Emilie where you can find out more and donate to help Emilie.

www.emiliegossiaux.com

Blog the NAHBS

A whole list of blogs and tweeters covering this weekend’s North American Bicycle Show in Austin Texas:

cyclelicio.us.

NAHBS in Texas this weekend.

The stars at night are not going to be the only thing shinning bright deep in the heart of Texas this weekend. Today starts the Tour Du Jour of handbuilt bicycle drool fest, the NAHBS other wise known as the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show.

This who’s who of the finest in bespoke bicycle making is being held in Austin Texas and this year’s theme is: “From lugged steel to carbon fiber and everything in between.”

Which mean not only will the finest in complete bicycle frame and forks be shown off like this:

(photo found on Johnprolly.com of Sarah Murder’s Freeman Transport track bike)

but amazing innovations such as this complete carbon fiber wheel from Madfiber wheel’s out of Seattle Wa.

For all the latest form the show, keep a close eye on Prolly, who has relocated himself in Austin. He’ll have a ton of reports and images proving he is one of the hardest working bike bloggers out there.
(photo by cyclingwmd.blogspot.com-who will also be out there.)

And of course the fine folks at Urbanvelo.org will be having lots of juicy photos and reportbacks. They are already posting sneak peaks of some of the amazing works of art in Texas.

Also follow along on twitter with the hashtag #NAHBS.

Get Fancy ride moved to March 10th

Kim Burgas and her Get Fancy ride and gallery hop has been postponed for tomorrow due to heavy rains. The ride is now Thurday, March 10th.

Facebook events page: here.

Cyclists in Central Park get organized

Cyclists organize to fight the ticketing in Central Park. They’ve come up with a plan to change the traffic lights to blinking yellow as to not interrupt the flow of one of the most heavily utilized cycling loops in the city.

Upper East Side Cyclist Fights Central Park Ticket Blitz on Facebook
February 23, 2011 4:06pm
By Amy Zimmer
DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — The ticketing blitz of cyclists in Central Park got Upper East Side triathlete Adrian Bijanada in gear to use Facebook to gather like-minded two-wheelers. They are calling for changes in how the park’s traffic lights are programmed.

His Concerned Cyclists of Central Park group, launched this week — accumulating more than 250 supporters already — is calling for the traffic lights in the 843 acre park to be set to “blinking yellow” during off-peak hours. Traffic in the park has been a major issue, with 35 million visitors each year at war for space on the asphalt.

That would have prevented Bijanada and a friend from getting a $270 ticket three weeks ago on a Saturday around 8 a.m. when they passed a red light at the transverse road at West 72nd Street.

“We did go through the red light,” Bijanada, 31, admitted. “We were being careful as we usually are. Typically, what we do as we approach the lower loop — since we know that’s the most crowded park of the park with tourists renting bikes, roller bladers and pedestrians — we don’t fly though that part.”

Read more: DNAinfo.com.

The facebook group has created an online petition which can be accessed here.

Op-ed on safer streets

Steve Hindy lost his son Sam in 2007, hit on his bike by a motor vehicle. He wrote an op-ed in the daily news about street fatalities should be taken as seriously as a flu epidemic.

Sadik-Khan and Bloomberg have made New York safe: The battle against cars has saved lives
BY STEVE HINDY
Wednesday, February 23rd 2011, 4:00 AM

photo by: DelMundo for News
Photo caption: A New York City cyclist rides his bike on the bike lane that run along 73rd Avenue in Queens.

For a lot of New Yorkers, “safe streets” is just one of those phrases that’s part of the landscape, a political buzzword that gets thrown around when Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan are pushing for more bike lanes or other changes to the flow of traffic.
For me, the idea of safe streets is tragically personal.
I lost my son, Sam Hindy, in a bicycle crash in 2007, something that I hope no other parent will have to endure.

Read more here.

New Shoes from Chrome, now SPD adaptable.

Chrome with stores in San Francisco and NYC, has a whole new line of products coming out for the Spring.

One of which is a stylish and comfortable shoe now with clipless pedal capability.
Introducing the Kursk Pro.

Think this is only for the warmer weather commutes? NYC’s cyclehawk couriers show you differently.

Chrome Kursk Pro from Chrome Bags on Vimeo.

Taking a beating for riding on the sidewalk

If you get caught in Central Park running a red light, you may get a $270.00 ticket by the NYPD as part of their “Operation Safe Cycle.” If you get caught in the Bronx, you might also catch a beating.

From the NY Daily News:
Cops beat me up for riding on the sidewalk: cyclist; Brutal Bronx arrest caught on deli video camera
BY Kerry Wills & Barry Paddock
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Tuesday, February 22nd 2011, 12:52 PM

Nicastro for News
A young Bronx man says he was battered by cops who arrested him for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.

The arrest was caught on a deli’s security camera, which shows cops slamming Jorge Cartagena, 19, against a wall and pushing him to the floor.

“I’m not a bad kid,” an emotional Cartagena told the Daily News. “I’m a good kid. I just stay home, and ride my bike. What did I do?”

The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating, a police spokesman said. Cartagena says he rode his bicycle onto the sidewalk Friday evening to grab a sandwich from a Westchester Square deli. He was confronted by two uniformed cops who threatened to give him a ticket but let him go.

Read more: here.

Video from ABC news.

Article from Gothamist.com

Great compilation for the Bicycle Film Festival

Get psyched for the 2011 Bicycle Film Festival.

Submit entries by April 1st. 2011.

Battle of the Bike Lane, Joel Epstein and more.

Joel Epstein is a reporter who’s covers bike related issues.

Here is his latest article in Huff Post, talking about our local politicians tone-deafness towards real sustainable change and the battle over a bike lane.

The Bike Lane Battle of the Bulge
By: Joel Epstein Communications and public affairs professional and urbanist
Posted: February 18, 2011 06:29 PM

Dear New York:

Watching the bike lane folderol from afar I have to smile at the parallels between the pitched public space and transit battles being fought in frostbitten New York and in my adopted hometown, a sprawling left coast city and county of freeways, mountains, billboards and palm trees. And how appropriate that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is playing the role of Grand Marshall of the Parade of Cars speeding ahead to take back New York’s streets from pedestrians, bike riders, and drivers adhering to the speed limit.

Marty, as everyone in Brooklyn knows, is a man whose tone-deaf sense of political entitlement led him to use his top aide as a lawyer on his house closing, only paying for the service once the ethics police got wise to the deal. He is the beep, a man who could use some physical activity on New York’s bike lanes and whose body and face were made for cartoonists of the Boss Tweed era at Tammany Hall. Only in New York could a character actor this perfect be given the role of lead gunner for the Axis powers in the dead of Winter Bike Lane Battle of the Bulge. You know of course that BEEP really stands for, “Get out of my way before I roll over you in my city-issued SUV.”

Read the entire article here.

Marty better get his house in order if he’s going to be threatening lawsuits on data done from the DOT on a bike lane.

From the NY Post–
Marty faces heat over bias-claim testimony
By RICH CALDER
Last Updated: 5:37 AM, February 22, 2011

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz could find himself in a legal bind over contradictory testimony he and an aide gave in a lawsuit that alleges his office is run like a frat house, The Post has learned.

Markowitz answered “no” when asked whether he knew of complaints of “inappropriate” conduct or discrimination in his office made by Bridget Geary and two other female staffers, according to sworn depositions last year in a sexual-discrimination lawsuit filed by his former communications director, Regina Weiss.

The Beep’s response contradicts the testimony of his longtime ally and former chief of staff, Gregory Atkins, a co-defendant with Markowitz in Weiss’ 2007 suit.

Read more: here.

Meanwhile the angry residents and opponents of safe infrastructure for all citizens are calling for a moratorium on all future bike lanes developments as pointed out here by Transportation specialist reporter, Andrea Bernstein:

Prospect Park opponents support moratorium on all bike lanes.
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes issued a press release yesterday with this headline:

“Groups Applaud City Council Legislative Package That Seeks to Report Bike and Pedestrian Accidents; Support Alternative PPW Bike Lane Route, Suspension of New Bike Lane Installation; Call for DOT Meeting.”

The press release goes on to say:

“Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes (NBBL) and Seniors for Safety today applauded City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Transportation Committee Chair James Vacca and the entire City Council for passing a package of three bills that will, for the first time, report bike and pedestrian accidents. They also support the moratorium, called for by Speaker [Christine] Quinn and Councilman [James]Vacca, on the imposition of new bike lanes until this background data is available online. This is exactly what both groups say was missing on Prospect Park West.” (full release after the jump)

Read more here.