You think it’s cold here…
Try biking in the Netherlands:
You think it’s cold 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!
Maybe you haven’t spent enough time surfing the web.
Once you’ve updated your facebook account, tweeted about it and then checked into foursquare…what’s left.
How about check someone’s Tumblr site. A Tumblr is a really quick way for people to make a website and post really valuable information like this:
Here is a cool bike related site I was sent from bikeblognyc fan, Steven Rea. It’s a pool of photos of celebrities, mostly from the past, on bikes.
Being a member of the tribe, we would often say things like…”Hey did you know this guy’s Jewish?”
Check out more at Ridesabike.tumblr.com
He really has compiled some great classic shots.
We’ve heard of companies rewarding their employees and recently that has come in the form of a Bicycle.
Last October, Blue Ribbon’s owners, the Bromberg Brothers, gave their workers 200 bikes to keep and use on the MS ride.
Now, I heard through Urban Velo that IKEA is giving employees over 12,000 bikes.
Read more here.
You are cordially invited to join us in celebration of a wonderful year of winning better biking, walking and public transit for New York City. Join us for great company, music, snacks, drinks and some awesome raffle items!
Complimentary drinks provided by Brooklyn Brewery and Cycles Gladiator Wines.
Friday, December 10th
This year we’re happy to offer pre-sales online, to help you get in the door quicker at party time.
Not a Member? The Holiday Party is the best time of year to join.
You can still buy tickets and memberships at the door, don’t worry!
Bike Valet parking will be available (note: rain or snow cancels bike parking)
More info here.
RAB is turning 16 and they are having a winter celebration:
It’s Recycle-A-Bicycle’s Sweet Sixteen!
Celebrate in style with complementary inner tube bow ties, spoke flower corsages, and bicycle drivers licenses!
When: Wednesday December 15, 2010 from 6:30-9:30pm
Admission Price/ Metals of Honor:
Tickets/Contributions: For advance ticket purchases, please visit our website, click the “donate” button, include your name and contact information, and designate your donation as “Celebration”. If you are unable to attend the celebration but would like to make a contribution, please send a check made payable to Recycle-A-Bicycle to 35 Pearl Street Brooklyn, NY 11201. You can also make a donation through our website by clicking the “donate” button on our homepage. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
Directions: F Train to York (Exit station, take right on Jay Street, left on Front Street, right on Main Street) -or- A/C Train to High (Exit station at Cadman Plaza, walk across park, left on Washington Street, left on Front Street, right on Main Street)
RECYCLE-A-BICYCLE: Recycle-A-Bicycle is a community-based bike shop and non-profit organization that facilitates educational/job training programs and encourages environmental stewardship. Through innovative programs such as Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, Cycle Craft, and Summer Youth Employment Program, RAB is dedicated to the health, development, and empowerment of NYC youth. In the past year alone, RAB worked with more than 1,000 young people who collectively built 500 bicycles, pedaled 10,000 miles, and burned 1,750,000 calories. On average, RAB salvages 1,200 bicycles each year from the waste stream, diverting a total of 36,000 pounds of waste from NYC’s landfills.
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