My good friend Joe at 718 Cyclery is expanding his vision of collaborative bike building and opening a bike shop. Tomorrow is the grand opening of his store.
Come by to 461 7th Ave. (between 16th St and Windsor Pl) in Park Slope Brooklyn and take a look.
Joe caters to commuting cyclists who want to build their own vintage and new bikes from scratch. He specializes in custom builds, working with his customers to be involved in the process.
If you are anything like me, you got way too excited about our “democratic” process earlier this week, only to have your hopes dashed by the reality of corporate-funded elections. This was an especially cold wake-up call, given all the amazing bike fun and community we had last weekend with a HUGE Critical Mass, an awesome after party, and then crazy-post-apocalyptic fun with Bike Kill on Saturday…
Anyhow, I prefer to vote for bikes in the streets at every chance I get. Here are a few this weekend…
!st Fr!deay Ride! – 7pm Union Square North, Manhattan
Join the monthly celebration of community and non-polluting transportation! No leaders and no set route, but the sound system will help get us where we are going!
Staten Island Critical Mass – 7pm Steps of Boro Hall, Staten Island
Join the monthly celebration of community and non-polluting transportation on Staten Island!
Central Park Moonlight Ride – 10pm Columbus Circle, Manhattan
The immensely popular, fun, and leisurely tour of Central Park with Time’s Up!
Verrazano Bridge Pre-Marathon Ride – 11pm Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Do you ever wish you could ride your bike from Brooklyn to Staten Island? Saturday night may be your chance, as the Verrazano Bridge will be closed to auto-traffic at midnight in anticipation of the NYC Marathon. This is a renegade ride, and we may have to sweet-talk our way through. Vote for bridge access!
For background info, which may never be updated again, be sure to check out… criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com
(but seriously, I hope to post some epic rants on anti-bike propoganda, the failings of local politicians, police, and of course some ride summaries soon)
For the latest info…
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Grab your bike or rollerblades, and your scariest costume, and get ready to ride through the streets howling on the annual Halloween Critical Mass ride! Become the positive and spoooooky celebration of what our streets could look like with non-polluting sustainable transportation and community.
Always the best Critical Mass of the year- historically everyone dresses up in costume, don’t be shy!
Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation, exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. New York City’s first Critical Mass was in 1993
HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY & Time’s Up Fundraiser
Friday, October 29th, 8 p.m.
155 Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets
(L train to 14th St. and 1st Ave. or F train to Houston and 2nd Ave.) Or just ride your scary bike.
Entrance is a sliding scale starting at $9.99
Come join Time’s Up annual Halloween party featuring dance-till-you-drop performers & sounds with…
Japanther, Team Spider, Dog That Bites Everyone , and DJ Suggested D.
Visuals by Eric Drooker Art is a Weapon; A Slideshow www.drooker.com.
Outdoor community garden performances by Heelz on Wheelz dancers and Rude Mechanical Orchestra and more.
First off…Haven’t you heard? Being a Dickhead’s Cool. Hmmm, I dunno. This is a East London take on the fashion trends of hipsters which can easily be applied to one particular area in Brooklyn. At .14 seconds, check out one trend that makes the list…
As devoted NYC cyclists, we’ve had a long history of battling the NYPD with our monthly critical mass rides, where law enforcement have tried everything in their power to stop the rides from happening.
This finally culminated in a parade law which requires more than 50 cyclists must acquire a parade permit in order to have a group ride, in direct violation of the public’s constitutional rights of free assembly. This makes it virtually impossible in regards to critical mass due to the fact that it is a spontaneous event with no leaders, therefore no individual or organized group could step forward and even apply for a permit, not to mention the city would never grant them one in the first place as we have seen with other politicized events.
Meanwhile, there have been a number of ongoing lawsuits against the NYPD for harassment and false arrest at the critical mass rides, much of which was not reported in the news.
Last Monday, a settlement was agreed upon by the city, awarding 965,000 to plaintiffs of the critical mass rides.
Then next day a press conference was held on the steps of the Federal Court House in Manhattan with the plaintiffs, critical mass participants and lawyers, Gideon Oliver and David Rankin.
The NYPD immediately responded with an announcement that there would be a “Crackdown” on cyclists in areas of the city that have seen higher incidents of collisions involving bicycles. This came from a recent New York Times article.
If indeed, there is a crackdown on illegal cyclist behavior we would hope that it would target issues of safety and be directed to number one complaints of pedestrians, such as riding on sidewalks.
Unfortunately we are starting to see things like this:
This report came in from Gothamist, yesterday. An NYPD squad car had parked itself in the bike lane and was issued a summons to a cyclist for “not riding in the bike lane.”
With this kind of behavior, it’s hard to believe the NYPD is more concerned with maintaining a level of harassment and intimidation then in “cracking down” on illegal bike riding, thus learning nothing from the recent settlement.
Dress up yourself, dress up your bike and come to our next Ditmas Ride this Friday (10/29) at 7:00 pm. Of course you can join us if you our your bike are not dressed up.
We will meet in front of the Qathra @ on Cortelyou between Stratford and Westminster.
The purpose of the Ditmas Rides is for us to have fun and to celebrate and spread a way of getting around we already enjoy. There is no planned route and we the participants will decide where we would like to go shortly before the ride starts. Ditmas Park has a lot of small streets so hopefully we can have a joyful and stress free rides. I myself are planning to bring my daughter Nona Lily along and hope that other parents will bring their children as well.
Well, it looks like the NYPD are going to reward the popularity of cycling with…a crackdown. And I’m sure this has nothing to do with having to award a bunch of cyclists over 900,000 for false arrest and harassment at critical mass, or the one or two people showing at protests to show their outrage for new bike lanes.
According to the New York Times, we should be on extra alert for being singled out.
City Will Crack Down on Scofflaw Cyclists
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: October 21, 2010
The New York Police Department plans to step up enforcement of bicycle safety in parts of the city that have seen a disproportionately higher rate of collisions involving bicyclists, city officials said Thursday.
The initiative, which would be aimed at common cycling infractions like running red lights or riding on the sidewalk, comes after numerous complaints about two-wheeled scofflaws and recent protests against new bicycle lanes added to streets in Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan.
â€œWeâ€™ve installed 250 miles of lane over the last four years and thousands of new bike racks,â€ Janette Sadik-Khan, the cityâ€™s transportation commissioner, said at a news conference. â€œWe have been friendly to cyclists. Now itâ€™s time for cyclists to be friendlier to the city.â€
Read the rest of the article here.
Please send me reports if you receive a ticket or witness police ticketing cyclists.
Bike New York, a non-profit that encourages bicycling and bike safety, is providing New Yorkers with the â€œins and outsâ€ of bicycling to work in an upcoming presentation. Bike Commuting 101 will provide participants with helpful tips as well as the many benefits of bike commuting.
Although there is no actual biking during the presentation, participants receive tons of information on ways to make a bike commute more comfortable, more efficient, and safer. Great giveaways will also be provided for each attendee, including a bike tune up voucher worth $75. No pre-registration is required.
Course content includes the following:
o Selecting a bike
o What to wear (helmets, bike clothes, being visible)
o Gear for carrying cargo, riding after dark, and bad weather
o Choosing the best route
o Parking and locking your bike
o Taking care of your body during and after the bike commute
o Co-workers’ perceptions of cyclists and bike commuters
Â· WHO: Bike New York
Â· WHAT: Bike Commuting 101 â€“ Presentation
Â· WHEN: Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:30p.m. â€“ 7:30p.m
Â· WHERE: Eastern Mountain Sports, 530 Broadway at Spring Street, Soho, Manhattan
ABOUT BIKE NEW YORK:
Bike New York (BikeNewYork.org) is a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages bicycling and bicycle safety through education, public events, and collaboration with community and government organizations. Best known as producer of the nationâ€™s largest recreational cycling event, the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, Bike New York also runs a Bicycle Education Program offering free classes and workshops for adults and children along with curricula, loaner bikes, and training programs for educators seeking to offer bike programs.