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Here are some bike movies I wanted to put up last week:

A short film about dutch bike love.

Being a NYC courier in the dead of winter from BODABODA!

Frigid Fury from BODABODANYC on Vimeo.

Sean Martin in riding his fixed in Los Angeles

Sean Martin – I Am Los Angeles from Joris Debeij on Vimeo.

Hard to think about alleycat racing in this weather but here is Pale Blue Pictures short about the Nutcracker 3 race in St. Petersburg FL.

Alleycat from Pale Blue Pictures on Vimeo.

The NYC cyclist photo blog cycleangleo posted this video of riding in winter.
He used an Iphone 4 with the 8mm app…looks pretty sweet.

NY8MM: #01 from cycleangelo on Vimeo.

Here’s a sweet one from a velodrome in the Ukraine.

Cycling inside 2011 \ Критий ровер 2011 from dyak on Vimeo.

Short and sweet a nice time lapse:

Bike Messenger Timelapse – Garwin :) from gajorro on Vimeo.

Michael Evans sent me this video last week about the making of Soul Craft Bikes.

FROM STEEL: The Making of a Soulcraft from michael evans on Vimeo.

and the bikejerks out of Minneapolis, have a BMX Monday, where they post a sweet video. Here is from the last two Monday’s:


Cult from Defgrip on Vimeo.

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:

Worksman Bicycles needs our help

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.

“It’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,” 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.

“No other city has the opportunity to source their bicycles from their own local bike manufacturer,” Mr. Sosin adds, noting that Worksman bikes are already used in several smaller U.S. cities’ bike-share programs. “If that didn’t happen in New York, it would be tragic.”

Read more here.

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.

Opinion piece on bicycle Crackdown

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 they’ve issued a staggering 1,000 tickets in the last two weeks – I’m realizing that maybe I haven’t.

Read the entire article here.

New bike culture book-”Hip”

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!

A ticket you’ll want to get

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. – 10:00 a.m.
Manhattan side of the Manhattan Bridge
Find out more

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!

Tragic twists, crackdown 2011

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

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.

read more here.

Yesterday a food delivery rider was sent to the hospital in critical condition, involved in a hit and run.

Reported on in the New York Time’s:
Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Cyclist Near Times Square
January 29, 2011, 3:56 pm

A food deliveryman was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver who struck his bicycle from behind near Times Square about 10:15 p.m. Friday, the police said.

The victim, Ricardo Gonzalez, 28, was thrown under a second vehicle that was double-parked. He was listed in critical condition on Saturday at Bellevue Hospital Center.

Officers arrested a driver who they said had been involved in the accident a few blocks away. They identified him as Clark Gettinger, 40, of 300 West 59th Street.

The police said Mr. Gettinger was traveling north on Eighth Avenue in a 2001 Lexus when his car struck Mr. Gonzalez, who had crossed 47th Street and was pedaling up the right side of the avenue.

Read the rest of the article here.

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, there’s no end in sight to the horror from driver-caused deaths, and little letup in police fecklessness and politicians’ 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 “came around the corner like a bat out of hell.” Nevertheless, the only charge filed thus far is for driving with a suspended license.

read more here.

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.

read the rest of Aaron’s comments here.

coming soon-Monster Track

Monster Track!

718 Cyclery is hosting a movie night

February 1st, 7:00pm

Everyone’s favorite 80′s bike messenger movie…Quicksilver.

At Park Slope’s newest bikes shop,

718 Cyclery
461 7th Ave. Brooklyn

Cyclist Appreciation Night-Party at Billy Hurricane’s

Thursday, January 27th
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
No Cover!
*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!!!

Video: Opening party of the Grime Store

January 19th, 2011…New York Cities Grimiest Bike shop opened for business.

The Grime Store.
191 Henry Street. Manhattan.

Like the video says…”This ain’t Metro Bikes. If you want a track bike go to Chari and Co. But if you want to smoke an L, come and see us.”

Here’s another…wait, is this the official video?

Welcome to Grime Street from Only Ones on Vimeo.