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!
Time’s Up is rewarding cyclists with a ticket blitz of their own.
a message from Time’s Up: “Token Ticket of Love” We will be handing out fake tickets and awarding winter bicyclists with chocolate coins to pay them for their choice instead of ticketing them and inviting them to our community building ‘Love Your Lane’ ride and dance party.
Monday, January 31, 2011, 9:00 a.m. â€“ 10:00 a.m.
Manhattan side of the Manhattan Bridge
Find out more here.
Also, Monday and Wednesday afternoon starting at 4:30pm we will be on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
If anyone would like to help they are more than welcome!
In a case of tragic irony…
Cyclists are continuing to be penalized for such heinous offenses as running red lights in auto-free times in Central Park and “not riding in the bike lane,” during the NYPD’s crackdown 2011.
Meanwhile Motorists are continuing to kill and seriously maim pedestrians and bikers with such acts as, driving without a licenses, operated a vehicle intoxicated and fleeing the scene of an accident.
on Monday a 35 year old fashion stylist, Laurence Renard was run over by a unlicensed driver while crossing the street on the Upper East Side.
From the Daily News: French fashion stylist Laurence Renard killed in horrific East Side rush-hour accident
BY Meredith Bennett-Smith and James Fanelli
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Tuesday, January 25th 2011, 4:00 AM A French fashion stylist who worked with photographer Bruce Weber was fatally hit by a dump truck on Monday in a horrific rush-hour accident on the upper East Side, police said.
Laurence Renard, 35, was crossing First Ave. right outside her building about 5:45 p.m. when a private carting truck turning from 90th St. struck her.
Charlie Komanoff, life long advocate for safer streets wrote this piece in Streetsblog, talking about how the public’s opinions are often shrouded in ignorance and tend to blame the victim instead of taking a critical look at statistics such as private dump trucks have the number one pedestrian kill rate.
Response to NYC Traffic Violence Rooted in Ignorance
by Charles Komanoff on January 25, 2011
Even with New York City pedestrian deaths dropping in recent years, thereâ€™s no end in sight to the horror from driver-caused deaths, and little letup in police fecklessness and politiciansâ€™ and media grandstanding on traffic dangers.
Unmentioned by police, elected officials or the media in coverage of recent traffic deaths: Private dump trucks have the highest pedestrian kill rate in NYC. Photo: DNAinfo/Jennifer Glickel
This morning brought news of the death of Laurence Renard yesterday evening on the Upper East Side. The 35-year-old French fashion stylist was crushed under a dump truck that turned from 90th Street onto First Avenue and into her path. While details are sketchy, as usual, Renard presumably had the right-of-way over the turning truck, which a witness said â€œcame around the corner like a bat out of hell.â€ Nevertheless, the only charge filed thus far is for driving with a suspended license.
Meanwhile in these tragic times, writer Aaron Naperstek notes in his blog, we need the NYPD to release more statistical information about such events:
Mayor Bloomberg should be publicly challenged to create a public health strategy to sharply reduce deaths and injuries from motor vehicles. This means telling the police department to climb out of their bunker of secrecy and obstructionism. The Health Department and the DOT are already deeply engaged in efforts to change things. The police are not. Not only do they refuse to engage in a public discussion about this street safety, they impede overall efforts by refusing to share crash records they have compiled at public expense.
Thursday, January 27th
BOURBON, BEER n’ BIKES
NYC Cyclist Appreciation Night & FREE OPEN BAR!
Cyclist Owned Bar/Restaurant
Billy Hurricane’s & Idle Hands Bar
25 Avenue B . Between 2nd & 3rd Streets
East Village, NYC
Open to all cyclists; Road, Mountain, Track, BMX, Commuters & more!
Prizes for the most gnarly bike attire… wear your kit, old school gear & much more!
Doors at 6:30pm
Open Bar* from 7:30pm-8:30pm
*Open Bar Upstairs; Well-Drinks, Coors Light Drafts & Lil’ Hurricanes
*Open Bar Downstairs; Three Different Bourbons & More!
Deejays spinning the best in 80′s music both up and downstairs!!!