Oh sure there was this event last night with some football and a bunch of really expensive commercials, but we all know the REAL event is America’s oldest bike courier race in Minneapolis known as the STUPOR BOWL.
Here is a new 25 minute documentary about this great race by Nathaniel Freeman called: Down by the Weep Hole
Another article from messenger media watch dog, Joe Hendry. Taken from the Greek, “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.â€ In Ames Iowa, bike courier Jim Gregory knows a thing or two about riding in bad weather.
Blizzard doesnâ€™t stop bike courier (photo by: Nirmalendu Majumdar/The Tribune)
Photo Caption: Jim Gregory makes his way down Kellogg Avenue in Ames on Thursday to deliver books to Iowa State Universityâ€™s Parks Library. Gregory delivers books five days a week between ISUâ€™s Parks Library and Ames Public Library.
Article by Kathy Hanson
Published: Friday, February 4, 2011 9:33 AM CST
Jim Gregory isnâ€™t employed by the U.S. Postal Service, but he adheres to its unofficial motto, adopted from the Greek historian Herodotus, who famously said: â€œNeither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.â€
Gregory, 46, a bike courier in Ames, said he hasnâ€™t missed a day of delivery due to inclement weather since he started delivering books, articles and circulation materials between Ames Public Library and Iowa State Universityâ€™s Parks Library, five days a week, more than two years ago.
While a cyclists lies in ICU in Bellevue hospital after a hit-and-run from a motorist, Brooklyn Borough President and his lawyer pals are trying to figure out how to file a lawsuit to remove a community board approved bike lane along Prospect Park West.
Andrea Bernstein, transportation reporter for NPR has this story:
Big Names Ready a Lawsuit to Remove Brooklyn Bike Lane Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Itâ€™s a whoâ€™s who directory of city government. Iris Weinshall, the former city transportation commissioner and wife of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. A dean at Brooklyn College. Norman Steisel, the former deputy mayor under Edward Koch and David Dinkins. And the other former deputy mayor, Randy Mastro (under Giuliani) who introduced the group to a colleague at his high-powered law firm, Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher. And what is all this former government firepower being assembled to do? Remove a bike lane on Prospect Park West, in Brooklyn.
In car culture, “Drill Baby, Drill” cities like NYC…
“You Betchya…” The automobile is sacred and can do no wrong.
Therefore the city has turned it’s sights on law breaking cyclists in the name of “safety.” (photo by @run_rabbit_run)
Here the cops are ticketing cyclists for such heinous infractions like “not riding in the bike lane.”
Meanwhile the motorists are continuing to mow us down and commit felonies like fleeing the scene of the crime (hit and run)
Like we witnessed in Time’s Square last week.
My friend Serena was riding her bike in Williamsburg and was struck at the intersection of South4th and Wythe around 2:26 pm (Friday February 4th, 2011). She was struck by a motorist who, instead of stopping to see if she was okay, fled the scene and left her for dead. We were informed at around 8PM of her condition.
She currently has a punctured lung, broken pelvis, among several other severe injuries and is in the ICU at Bellevue Hospital. She is currently unconscious under heavy sedation.
Please, please reblog/RT if you can. We are looking for witnesses, passers-by, who have any information about the car or the driver, who may have seen the accident. If you have any information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.orgâ€”your anonymity will be protected if that is your preference.
Hereâ€™s what Serena looks like/what her bike looks like:
The Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise, escorted by Greenpeace RHIBs, steams past the Statue of Liberty displaying a quit coal banner in New York harbor February 4, 2011. The ship is visiting New York as part of the Arctic Sunrise “Coal Free Future Tour” traveling up the east coast in January and February, demanding liberty from coal. The Banner reads: “Still Yearning To Breathe Free Quit Coal”.
If you live in New York, please come visit the ship Chelsea Piers (Pier 59 at 17th St.) on Sat. Feb. 5th through Mon. Feb. 7th or Thur. the 10th and Friday the 11th.
Only in America, with our car culture running so deep to the days of Henry Ford and Robert Mosses would our politicians like Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz bash bike lanes.
Infrastructure that has already been approved by the city council, local community boards, been painted, constructed and reviewed by the DOT.
Here he comes, so professional. Honestly, do we have a Tahrir Square to occupy in Brooklyn to demand this guy step down and waddle his over weight self out of office?
Here is more of Markowitz acting like such a fool from Gothamist:
Markowitz Rides Tricycle Into Speech Bashing DOT, Bike Lane (photo by: Kathryn Kirk)
Look at this f–king borough president: Last night inveterate corn dog Marty Markowitz arrived on stage via tricycle for his State of the Borough address in Sunset Park. Wearing a green helmet and toting a basketful of Juniorâ€™s famously overrated cheesecake, the Brooklyn Borough President kicked off his 90 minute (!) speech with another swipe against the DOT, which he’s repeatedly criticized for installing a bike lane on Prospect Park West. (For the record, President Obama’s State of the UNION lasted about an hour, including glad-handing.) Are you ready to SLAP YOUR KNEE? Video below:
I’ve created a poll, as WNYC’s Brian Lehrer would say, is completely unscientific to find out what people think should happen with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
According to Streetsblog’s Ben Fried, “Earlier this week, friends and family members of traffic violence victims wrote to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, asking him to stop standing in the way of street improvements to make walking and biking safer. They had lost loved ones and seen lives disrupted by crashes that could have been prevented by better street design. They asked Markowitz to start taking the prevention of traffic injuries and deaths seriously.”
The Borough President disregarded their concerns and chose instead to make a mockery of the city’s bicycle improvements at his recent State of the Borough address.
Here is a video from Team Spider from NY1 this morning.
Really disheartening to see the Brooklyn President ignoring real safety concerns and the steps the city is taking to rectifiy them by continuing his childish out-of-touch grudge against the DOT.
Time’s Up donned the Paul Revere horses and rang out the cry: “Walmart is coming!”
Yesterday was a rally against the mega corporation who is trying to open a store in NYC.
Time’s Up has photos of their bike ride and rally here. Photos taken by Brennan.
There is also a story in Gothamist.
Anti-Walmart Protesters Vastly Outnumber Pro-Walmart Boosters
By Surekha Ratnatunga February 3, 2011 5:32 PM
There was supposed to be a battle of the protests before this afternoon’s twice-postponed City Council hearing on whether New Yorkers should allow Walmart’s corporate wickedness to taint our saintly city, but it ended up being a one-sided fight.
In the blue corner (quite literally, given how cold it was), so many people turned up at the anti-Walmart protest at City Hall, police had to deny entry to a few dozen people waiting in the security line. (Some of those anti-Walmart protesters who couldn’t get in ended up taking ironic refuge from the cold in a Starbucks instead.) Ben Shephard from the cavalier-looking group Time’s Up summarized his views as, “New York is bigger and smarter and richer and cooler than Walmart.”
In the red corner, Pamela Geller and her pro-Walmart/anti-Mosque minions were hardly noticeable. Police officers and City Council ushers didn’t seem to know who she was, let alone where. On the block outside the hearing there was a grand total of three pro-Walmart protesters (who mistook the Time’s Up guys for Tea Partiers thanks to those fetching tri-corner hats). 33% of Geller’s following expressed fears that, “people with pro-terrorists badges were stopping her from getting inside,” but she managed to overcome those obstacles.