(photo by Clarence Eckerson Jr. of streetfilms)
Happy Holidays to all.
(photo by Clarence Eckerson Jr. of streetfilms)
Dmitry Gudkov loves bikes and taking photographs.
See more on his site, gudphoto.com/bikenyc
In soccer when you misbehave you get this:
Peter Miller came up with the text and the idea that cyclists could make magnets of this and stick it to drivers cars when they act reckless.
Find out more here.
Thanks for this Brooklynbybike.com
26 year old Angela Burke was killed in Portland Oregon last week by a drunk driver while walking her bicycle. Here is a report from Portland’s famous bike blogger Jonathan Maus of Bikeportland.org as he investigated who Angela was as a person and about this tragic loss to our community.
Today I got a call from her mom, Athena Burke. Ms. Burke, fighting back tears throughout our conversation, said her daughter had just moved to Portland a month or so ago and that she “was lonely and hadn’t found her people yet.” Given what I know about Angela now, I feel like it would have been just a matter of time until some of us would have eventually become her “people.”
read more here.
A vigil was held on Monday for Angela in Portland.
A report from Bike Portland here.
My condolences to all who knew Angela and her family. However you travel this holiday season, be safe and think of others.
A press release from Time’s Up.
Time’s Up! Love Your Lane Bike Clowns serenade Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz with singing telegrams, and deliver a “Golden Bicycle” Holiday Gift.
Excellent Gothamist posts on the yesterday’s Time’s Up! action with awesome video and photos (by Adrian Kinlock) links:
The Brooklyn Paper & Bike Blog posts on the action as well:
Thursday, December 16th, the â€œLove Your Laneâ€ cyclist clowns from the environmental organization Timeâ€™s Up! came to Brooklyn Borough Hall dressed in holiday- and festive-colored costumes. The clowns were ready to recruit. After Brooklyn borough President Marty Markowitzâ€™ clownish behavior last week at the well attended bike lane oversight hearing, the clowns hoped to invite Markowitz to join their circus. After all, his rendition of â€œMy Favorite Thingsâ€ to the City Councilâ€™s Transportation Committee hearing on NYC Bike Policy, chalk full of anti-bike lane misinformation, made him an ideal candidate.
The â€œLove Your Lanesâ€ clowns were also interested in adding a verse to the childhood anthem, â€œMy Favorite Thingsâ€:
When the car honks,
Keep reading here.
Lyrics to all the songs they sang here:
Here is a quick video from yesterdays gift giving fest to Marty Markowitz.
I’ve been loving this new bike blog: Cycleangelo.cc
Check out this latest review of cycling wear by Outlier.cc
Read more here.
In the federal government, the Democrats and Republicans have divided themselves further away, bickering over tax breaks for billionaires and mandatory health reform. Big government, small government, let’s just fight and hold the financial future of hard working Americans hostage until Sarah Palin is done with her reality show and can figure out how to pull off an election campaign in 2012, or at least see Russia from her house. After all, she’s still super hot and now we’ve seen her raise a family and shoot bears.
Here in NYC, we’ve got much more important issues to worry about…No not why a woman without a master’s degree in education was given a waiver to become schools chancellor,…No, a much more devastating threat to our cities health and safety…
Like the tax debate, this issue has divided out civic government into two groups.
Marty’s up in arms. No NOT about proposed bike infrastructure that hasn’t been approved by local community boards and then constructed, but rather one that has been in place already and being used on a daily basis by strollers, joggers and even cyclists. We’re talking about Prospect Park West and the separated 2 way bike lane with the fresh coat of green paint. More than just one specific lane, this is anger is reflective of the direction of the city to create more room for cyclists to ride.
Last Friday, the City Council’s committee on Transportation decided to have a hearing to bring Janette Sadik-Kahn to task and have her explain herself in putting in all these new bike lanes. As if they hadn’t gotten the memo on the direction of Mayor Bloomberg’s appointee and acting as if the DOT commissioner was just secretly painting bike lanes randomly, in the middle of the night.
They committee wanted to get some public input as well and allowed people to testify…well sort of.
Ok, I know, MY FAVORITE THINGS is not a Christmas song.
Speaking to this, was one Marcus Wollen who told the crowd he’d loosed 30 pounds this year by riding his bicycle.
Joanna Oltman Smith,
I want to thank Chairman Vacca and his staff for todayâ€™s lesson in how our democracy really works whereby well-connected, powerful, very important citizens representing their own personal opinions get priority and are encouraged to buck the rules of public testimony, while earnest, early-bird, little â€œnobodyâ€ citizens like the rest of us are made to wait for hours. So, I am left to wonder whether the committee, most of which is no longer present, really cares about how we feel about biking in New York?
Yesterday, 12/16/10, a group of Time’s Up volunteers wanted to respond to Mr. Markowitz and his lovely rendition from the hearing.
I was in the area so I decided to join in the festivities in Downtown Brooklyn at Borough Hall.
We got our message across to the local press and then spoke with Marty’s chief of staff who talked about his bosses position on the lanes. He also said as much as he’d love to accept the bike for Marty, he wasn’t in the building today and we should donate the bike to a needy kid.
We tried to deliver the bike to Marty’s office but the NYPD had other plans for us and we ended up keeping the bike…until we can find a needy kid and get them to ride in the bike lane.
Got sent this from artist & biker Kim Burgas:
As temperatures dip into the teens here in New York, coworker and fellow winter cyclist Ms. Marcy Cruthirds and I decided that it is ABOUT DAMN TIME that we head out for a night on the town…on our bikes. While the city may be well below freezing, it is always hot on a bike.
Please join us this Friday, December 17th at 7pm for the hottest freezing cold bicycle caravan in the city (I’m pretty sure this is the only one on Friday, but still!). The evening will include gallery hopping, ice skating, cocoa sipping, alcohol drinking, and dancing (oh yea, and biking). See the attached invite for more info. Forward to anyone you know who won’t let a little cold get in their way of having a damn good time or who needs a serious kick in their arse.
Make sure to bring: lights, locks, helmets, gloves and money for skating ($13).
See you Friday!