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Bias against cyclists, even in the courtroom.

Lawyer Ron V. Miller Jr. of the law firm Miller and Zois, sent me this article about recent statistics which demonstrates how verdicts on cycling injury cases points to a bias against cyclists.

Read more here.

Size my Bike App

Looking for an iphone app for that professional bicycle fit to increase performance and prevent unnecessary injury?
Check out:

Sizemybike.com

Chrome Bags goes Metal

Chrome Bags, wants you to put a little metal into this holiday season and who better to represent then the true pioneers of the genre:

Motorhead.

a message form my favorite bag company:

Happy Heavy Metal Holidays! Just wanted to send a quick heads up on the launch of our metal-strong, limited edition Motörhead Citizen messenger bag which fans can grab starting Black Friday (this Friday, Nov. 26). It was an honor to be asked by the godfather of heavy metal to collaborate on this project, and we hope that you’ll join us in celebrating one of the most iconic rock bands of all time.

You can check out the product page for more information and images, here: www.chromebagsstore.com/bags/messenger-bags/citizen-bag—motorhead-ltd.html.
Death or glory,

Corinne-Chrome Bags
Chrome NYC store-238 Mulberry Street-Manhattan.

Staten Island Update

Our on-the-spot reporter, Meredith Sladek, writes about bike related issues, mostly in Staten Island where she resides.

It looks like the DOT is not putting back vital bike lanes on a well traveled route on the Island. Already the most limited borough to ride in, this only makes matters worse.

Her article:
Bicycle lane removed from Father Capodanno Blvd on Staten Island
By Meredith Sladek
NY Bicycle Transportation, Examiner.com
* November 18th, 2010 10:03 am ET

The DOT took a backslide today in their committment to a more sustainable New York City, as they released their decision to remove the bicycle lane from the layout of Father Capodanno Blvd on Staten Island after the road’s recent re-pavement, as reported in today’s Staten Island Advance.

The three-mile lane is one of the longest bike lanes of Staten Island, which has a mere disconnected handful in comparison to the other boroughs. Father Capodanno was a vital, solid connection between the sharrows-marked route on Bay Street leading to the ferry and New Dorp roads Midland Ave and North and South Railroad Ave. DOT intends to turn the northbound side into a bus lane, and the inland southbound side into a turning and parking lane.

Read the whole article here.

Cranksgiving and Hipstamatic contest-for Charity!

Tomorrow is the annual Cranksgiving, a charity fun ride to raise money and food donations for the hungry.

Here are some nice details written by the fine folks at the NY Bike Jumble: (there is also a contest in here)


Cranksgiving 12
The 12th Annual Bicycle Street Race to Benefit Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen and City Harvest

On November 20th, 2010 at 2:00pm in Tompkins Square Park, over 200 cyclists will gather to begin the twelfth annual Cranksgiving, a charitable ‘alleycat’ bicycle street ride. In Cranksgiving, riders race around Manhattan purchasing Thanksgiving dinner ingredients at designated grocery stores, arriving at the finish line with a bag full of food to be donated to various charities.

Cranksgiving is a race, but riders of all abilities and stripes come out to participate in the fun! Bring a bag, some money, and a good lock, as this year’s prizes include messenger bags from Bailey Works, MER, Seagull and Chrome, $150 gift certificates for 5.10 shoes, A Torker Cargo T bike donated by Brooklyn Bike and Board, as well as 3 $100 gift certificates courtesy of the Gilt group, to be redeemed at Gilt.com.
This year’s race features unparalleled opportunities to donate, even before the ride! Tiny’s Sandwich Shop (129 Rivington Street) is offering up to $6 off of their delicious sandwiches when you donate $25 and over at the store. Also, inn conjunction with the race, Hipstamatic is donating $1 to Cranksgiving for every photo uploaded to http://community.hipstamatic.com/contests/24 . Finally, if you can’t make the ride or get to any of the donation locations, go to www.cranksgiving.org to pledge to the Cranksgiving fund, benefiting City Harvest and the New York Bicycle Messenger Foundation.

Last year’s Cranksgiving helped feed over 100 families through Saint Mary’s soup kitchen on the Lower East Side, City Harvest and the New York Bike Messenger Foundation. This year, as more and more people find themselves in desperate times, Cranksgiving hopes to step it up and smash all previous records.

To more learn more about Cranksgiving, visit cranksgiving.org

Stolen bike

Got my bike stolen today and hoping for some APB help in the rare chance I can recover it.

Black Trek 1.2 with red detail – Shimano WH-R500 wheelset
Retail label from Metro Bicycles – Serial Number EN 14781
Proudly affixed to the frame are 2 stickers from Time’s Up! and BIKESNOBNYC

Was stolen on Thursday 11/11/10 between 2pm and 4pm from a bike rack on 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan.

If anyone has any information please contact Mike at mchayne@aol.com

Mike ONeill
mchayne@aol.com
212-255-9821

Witness needed

2 cyclists are injured in Greenpoint Brooklyn and are looking for any witness information.

Posting from L magazine:

Greenpoint Cyclists Injured in Franklin Street Hit-and-Run Need Your Help
Posted by Benjamin Sutton on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Were you in the vicinity of the intersection of Franklin Street and Cayler Street in the Greenpoint/North Williamsburg industrial border zone on the evening of October 23? Do you live near there, pass through or drink at Diamond frequently? If so, maybe you could help a couple of cyclists who were badly injured there that evening by a hit-and-run driver and are looking for witnesses to the crash. Drop them an e-line at the address above (franklinstreetbikeaccident [at] gmail), and help bring the near-deadly driver to justice! (NYShitty)

Bicycle Film Festival

The 10th annual Bicycle Film Festival is in San Francisco this weekend.

Here is an article form the San Francisco Chronicle about festival director Brendt Barbur and 10 years showcasing bike movies.
Bicycle Film Festival founding director Brendt Barbur can smell NYC, wants to sing.

The idea for the Bicycle Film Festival festival came to founding director Brendt Barbur while he was recuperating from being doored in New York City back in 2000.

Ten years later, the fest pulls in about 300,000 people, and screening venues run the gamut, from the Barbican in London to a Seattle art gallery.

The festival hits San Francisco this week, and the movies will show in two venues: Mission Workshop at 40 Rondel St. and the old-timey Victoria Theater on 16th Street. The films screen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and various pre- and after-parties happen throughout the run, including a Kick Off Party on Wednesday at the Knock Out at 3223 Mission. The Kick Off party is free, and several DJs start the turntablism at 9 pm.

Read more: here.

Attacker on the Queensboro bridge

Not only do you have to watch out for car doors and random pedestrian crossings but now you can add naked deranged assailants to the list.

A prop man on the the TV show Nurse Jackie was attacked on the Queensboro bridge this morning while riding to work. He was knocked off his bike by an unprovoked attacker who was naked by the time the police caught up with him.

Read more here.

Speedy recovery to Joel Custer who has just undergone surgery for lost teeth and a possible broken jaw.

Art Show at Brooklyn Bike and Board-Martinez Gallery


NEW YORK – Martinez Gallery presents an exhibition at Brooklyn Bike and Board, which will be converted into a gallery by the Dutch design team Kaptein Roodnat. Ten ma jor graffiti ‘kings’ have created 10 original works using bikes as their walls and trains. Case2 used to ‘piece’ the trains — paint the cars top to bottom — in the 1970s and ‘80s “just so I
could see my name go by.” The work in this show lets him and his fellow artists/vandals drive the train and show their work throughout the city.

Even before they were painted, all the bikes in the show met Brooklyn B&B owner Brian Gluck’s vision of beauty through function. “Bicycles are machines that should make your life easier and improve your livelihood. Like those stupid little short handlebars… they don’t make any sense. You’re not going to fit in between cars that are narrower than your
hips and shoulders anyway. They’re not functional, they’re dysfunctional.” Most of the store’s bikes have been recycled from “ancient rustbuckets brought back to life.”

Graffiti kings painting well-designed bikes, however, layers new form onto function. The show celebrates transforma tion, from rusty junk to refurbished bike to art object. It also celebrates mobility, accessibility, and freedom. Look at any courier and that package in your hands for proof that a bike can get you around the city faster than a car or a subway.
And now that a monthly MetroCard costs more than 100 bucks, workers of all collars are opting for bike commuting.

Derelict – cast-off bikes – meets derelict – repeat offender artist — in RE: CYCLES. Ironically, they meet in rapidly gen trifying Prospect Heights – but it’s an irony entirely appro priate for bicycles. Originally a plaything of the rich, bicycles are now the livelihood of the delivery guy, the cardio workout of the hedge fund trader, and the great hope of urban
green movements.

Similarly, graffiti confounds art as a rich man’s game. It steals its canvas from the city, and its geniuses land in jail. (Graffiti is a felony.) Two DIY cultures merge in RE: CYCLE, resulting in art that gets you around. Gluck says of painted bikes, “You don’t have to spend $400 on a wheel set to look cool or to look ‘custom’ (and, usually, like everyone else).
The sharpies and spray paint used on these bikes are accessible to anyone and will make your bike a piece of art.” And that piece is always moving, always visible.

To showcase the mobility and to fill the gap left by museums prevented from showing art by criminals, the show will roll up one day each week in front of various cultural and civic institutions, including MOMA, the Met, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney Museum.

ARTISTS:
CASE 2 (NYC)
FLINT 707 (NYC)
GIZ (NYC)
MOSCO (Mexico City)
RATE (Boston)
SINER (Los Angeles)
SKUF (NYC)
VFR (NYC)
WITNES (Los Angeles)

RE:CYCLES is on view 13 November – 31 January 2011,
Tuesdays – Sundays 9AM – 9PM / Martinez Gallery
c/o Brooklyn Bike & Board, 560 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, 212-619-2149, staff@martinezgallery.com
www.martinezgallery.com