Got a note from Andrea who is working at a television station in Colorado. They are producing a documentary on Victorian era bicycling called: “Victorian Cycles-Wheels of Change.” They have broken up several clips into short web segments.
Bikes and Governor’s Island seem to go hand in hand. All summer long, this ice cream cone shaped, 172 acre island in New York Harbor is just waiting to be explored and the bicycle is just about the best way to do it. Bring your bikes on the ferry from either Manhattan or Brooklyn every Friday-Sunday until October 10th. Find out more information here. You can also rent bikes from Bike and Roll and on Friday’s it’s free. Dutch bike store in Brooklyn, Rolling Orange has donated special child carrier bikes, to get the whole family involved.
Here is a recent article on two dutch bike shops opening up in Manhattan, from Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
Dutch cargo bikes catch New Yorkers’ eyes
Published on : 13 August 2010 – 11:19am | By Reinout van Wagtendonk
The Dutch cargo bike, or carrier tricycle, is invading New York. Two shops have opened in Manhattan and Brooklyn specialising in Dutch city bikes and the lesser-known cargo bikes.
Brooklyn au pair Sabine Asselbergs from Amsterdam said the cargo bike was indispensable for her work. Many remarks were thrown at her by Americans unfamiliar with this type of vehicle, known as ‘bakfiets’ in the Netherlands.
“Some thought they were illegal and asked me what on earth I thought I was doing,” 28-year-old Sabine said. The cargo bike she used had been imported by the Dutch family which moved to Cobble Hill, Brooklyn about a year ago. Many New Yorkers indignantly criticized Sabine for transporting three children and herself on a bike without wearing a helmet. “And they also commented that it was unsafe because my bike could topple over if I overloaded it.”
And here is an article from the Daily news, highlighting how attendance on Governor’s Island has far surpassed expectations. Governors Island, free park in New York Harbor, breaks summer attendance record.
BY JAMES FANELLI DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Governors Island is this summer’s hottest spot.
More than 275,000 people visited the 172-acre greenspace so far this season, beating last year’s attendance record with eight weeks to spare, Mayor Bloomberg said Saturday.
“Governors Island is one of New York City’s greatest free resources, and more New Yorkers are taking advantage of it than ever before,” Bloomberg said. “We’re committed to building on the momentum we’ve generated on the island by continuing to expand the programming and creating one of the world’s great waterfront parks.”
Rapha clothing, pop-up store has lingered on past the Tour de France viewing and has been hosting some fun events. Last Thursday they invited the Bike Snob to come in and make fun of them with an evening of a slide show presentation and book signing.
Read more here, on their blog.
This Thursday, NYCvelocity.com, your source for competative road racing in NYC, is hosting a contest. The idea is to have four mechanics square off to see who is the fastest in assembling a bike.
Three contestants have already been picked:
Mike Purdy (Cadence Cycling) Read an interview here.
Jon (Signature)-not sure what that is.
and Dave from NYC Velo.
The 4th contestant is to be chosen from the website by you the readers.
Well itâ€™s that time of the month again. For the mainstream news to do some investigative news gathering and look into whatâ€™s going on with all of these people riding bicycles in NYC. Wow, youâ€™ll never guess what they discovered? That there are a lot of cyclists out there disobeying the law. CBSâ€™s news Tony Aiello did a series on bike riding in NYC and of all the things he could report on, he chose to do a â€œGOTCHAâ€ piece that got the graphics people all excited and got to package it into a nifty title: â€œBIKE BEDLAM!â€ Tonyâ€™s hard hitting investigation involved standing in a bike lane for at least 20 minutes and interviewing both cyclists and average citizens to find out what the hell is going on. He saw at least a whooping 17 people riding the wrong way down the new bike lane on 1st Ave and a dozen or more on the sidewalk. My friends, we have a real crisis on our hands!
These kind of stories are nothing new. Neither is bad cyclist behavior, nor is cops giving cyclists tickets or jaywalking. Letâ€™s face it. We all break the law. WE ALWAYS HAVE BEEN, WE ALWAYS WILL, weâ€™re New YORKERS dammit and we are busy and important and donâ€™t have time for these pesky things like looking where we are going.
How many people txt while driving? Talk on Cell phones without handâ€™s free devises? How many pedestrians walk in bike lanes and when you have the right of way and give them the bell, the tell you to fuck off? How many people donâ€™t look both ways when they cross the street? We are all naughty street citizens out there. But somehow this week itâ€™s BICYCLE BEDLAM! (dum dum)
To my fellow cyclists…take those flip-flops off, put down that cell phone, put on a helmet, ride in the correct direction and pay attention.
I welcome the police cracking down on people riding the wrong way down a one way or on the sidewalk…but what does this lead to? Does the cycling behavior improve with more summonses? Hardly. And while the police are at it, why donâ€™t they ticket every car parked in the bike lane. And every car that makes an illegal turn and talks on cell phones. The last time I checked, Motor vehicle deaths against pedestrians and cyclists, far out weighed cyclists killing pedestrians. I say itâ€™s more like â€œCAR CHAOS!â€
Well, Iâ€™m a bicycle blogger so I feel compelled to post about these kind of annoying things the news does.
The New York Timeâ€™s J. David Goodman does a much better job of it then me. Check out his latest story on the story about the story. Spokes | Local News Strikes a Sour Note on Cycling
It is a pattern that repeats with predictable frequency each time a new bike lane appears. The simmering resistance to cyclists that exists in a given neighborhood erupts into loud complaints that a new lane will restrict deliveries, snarl traffic and endanger pedestrians as a swarm of rogue riders flood the streets and disrupt what would otherwise be the neat flow of traffic and predictable division between people and automobiles.
So perhaps it should come as no surprise that such complaints have greeted new lanes that appeared this summer, from new protected paths along First and Second Avenues to a separated lane along Prospect Park West in Brooklyn.
But the usual sentiments sounded even louder to some cyclists this week, amplified by local news coverage that appeared to stress the worst fears about two-wheeled transit and by an effort by the New York Police Department to crack down on riders who ignore the rules of the road, especially on the Upper East Side.
Bamboo bikes are becoming more popular than ever. Don’t take my word for it, check out this article in the NY Times:
Just Donâ€™t Let a Panda Borrow Your Bicycle
By MALIA WOLLAN
Published: August 11, 2010(Photo by: Christian Hansen for The New York Times)
Photo caption: Justin Aguinaldo, a designer at the Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, tries one of the bikes.
BAMBOO is one of the worldâ€™s fastest-growing plants, adding as much as three feet in a single day. That growth rate, along with the giant grassâ€™s sturdy hollow stalks (with a strength-to-weight ratio similar to that of steel) may explain why bamboo is being heralded by bikers, environmentalists and social entrepreneurs as a material with no carbon footprint and the potential to provide cheap wheels in poor countries. Serious spandex-clad cyclists like bamboo bicycles, as do tattooed bike messengers and thrifty Ghanaian shopkeepers.
â€œThere is something going on with bamboo bicycles,â€ said Jay Townley, a partner in the market research firm Gluskin Townley Group. â€œTheyâ€™re catching on with urban and commuting cyclists.â€
Though bicycles with bamboo frames account for only a fraction of the bicycle market, the number of bamboo bicycle start-ups is expanding. They include Boo Bicycles, with bamboo bikes available in shops like Signature Cycles in Manhattan and the Pony Shop in Chicago; Renovo Design out of Portland, Ore.; Panda Bicycles, in Fort Collins, Colo.; Organic Bikes in Wisconsin; and Calfee Design, of Santa Cruz, Calif., a pioneer in bamboo frames whose cycles sell in shops like Eco, a London store owned partly by the actor Colin Firth.
Turns out it is unofficially open now, and will be having their grand opening on Saturday, August 28th. Here is a little press release:
CHROME LAUNCHES NEW YORK CITY FLAGSHIP STORE
Grand Opening Celebration August 28 Featuring DJ Sean S.K.E. and Limited Edition
Shadi T-Shirts and Chances to Win 15 Year Anniversary Messenger Bags
San Francisco, Calif. (August 9, 2010)â€”Chrome, the worldâ€™s leading manufacturer of
bike messenger bags, has just opened its first New York City flagship store, featuring
the complete range of Chrome messenger bags, footwear and accessories for urban
cyclists. This is the companyâ€™s second retail location, having a flagship store in San
Francisco as well. Located at 238 Mulberry Street, the store recreates the experience of
being in the companyâ€™s factory in Northern California with live sewing and an industrial
ceiling conveyor belt.
â€œWe are really excited to bring a piece of the Chrome production line to New York City,â€
says Chrome President, Bayard Winthrop. â€œChrome has an extensive history of making
durable bags for working messengers throughout the city and weâ€™re looking forward to
bringing a piece of our manufacturing heritage to our customers on the East Coast.”
Interactivity will be encouraged at the store, and customers will be able to create their
own custom color combinations for messenger bags. In addition, Cycle Hawk
Messenger Delivery will provide same-day messenger service for online orders within
A Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, August 28 from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for
the general public will feature free food delivered around the neighborhood by roller
derby legends The Gotham Girls, DJ Sean S.K.E. spinning records and limited edition
Shadi T-shirts with the first 100 purchases.
Chrome store hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sundays, Noon-
7:00 p.m. Phone number: 646-792-7835.
Founded in 1995, San Francisco-based Chrome is the leading manufacturer of durable,
utilitarian bags for city living from Brooklyn to Berlin to Tokyo. Made in the U.S.A and
sold in over 600 retail stores worldwide, Chrome recently expanded to include
footwear and apparel for men and women. For more information, please visit: chromesf.com.
I was lucky enough to get the:
Golden ticket…to a special preview party…nah nah.
August 26th. And I’m not bringing T-Pain.
This blogger loves bikes. He also loves green spaces in NYC so I give a pulpit to the hard work people are doing trying to preserve them and our community gardens.
Yesterday there was a public hearing and NY1 had this report and video.
The city Parks and Recreation Department held a public hearing Tuesday regarding proposed rules to govern community gardens.
In 2002, an agreement between then attorney general Eliot Spitzer and the city preserved hundreds of community gardens on city land across the five boroughs and increased protection from development. Those rules expire next month.
Some community garden organizers now fear that their spaces will be taken over by developers.
“The fear is very real, especially after having fought for this particular garden for the last three to four years,” said Peggy Morales, gardener at El Gallo Community Garden. “It was a very, very hard-fought battle in order to keep it here in perpetuity. To learn now that there’s a possibility that this garden could be lost to development would really be devastating to this community.”
The man featured in the image above, speaking at the public hearing is Assistant Professor of Human Service at New York School of Technology/CUNY Ben Shepard. He wrote an nice recap of some of the actions last week involving Time’s Up.
From the Huffington Post–
Posted: August 9, 2010 11:43 AM Paul Revere Ride to Save New York’s Community Gardens
“When Paul Revere sounded his bell to announce to Lexington Mass, all he had was his voice and his bell to sound the alarm: “The Patriots are coming!” In the case of the July 29, 2010, Paul Revere bike ride organized by Times Up!, a two-decade-old direct action environmental group, the group was aided by modern media — the internet, email, text messages, and a newspaper announcing the action. The point of the action was to sound the alarm about the city of New York’s new rules to eliminate protective status and endanger hundreds of community gardens. The new rules would replace the 2002 Preservation Agreement, expiring September 17, 2010, that have allowed gardens throughout the city to grow over the last decade.”