(a couple of pro-bike lane supporters, photo by: ZoÃ« Schlanger/Gothamist)
I’m sorry, but of all the things to be upset about…bike lanes? Seems like the number one complaint of the anti-bike lane demonstrators is an old one: “Bike riding on the sidewalk.” Ok, then shouldn’t that be the focus of your protest? Somehow the infrastructure designed to give cyclists a place to ride has become the bad guy.
People like to complain that there is no enforcement of bad cycling behavior. I’d say it’s pretty equal…there is no enforcement of anyone, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. Everyone is NYC is guilty. Let the finger pointing begin.
Our recently married pirate, Chris Ryan was on the scene and produced these two videos at the demonstration that gives some insight into the debate.
Mike Dee, says it best…”Everything in NYC is a compromise.”
Well, there is another anti-bike lane protest coming up.
This time in Brooklyn, against the already established Prospect Park West bike lane.
J. David Goodman of the NY Times, quoted me in his latest bicycle related story. We spoke briefly about the recent filming of Premium Rush, a new Hollywood movie about NYC messenger life. I hadn’t really wrote much on this film, even though I work in that industry, mostly because the reports I got about the script sound like its rather thin on delving into messenger culture and is more of a cookie-cutter “bad cop” Hollywood script. I’m glad to see real messengers like Austin and Squid got some roles in the movie.
Mr. Goodman’s article is more about Dave Jordan who runs a racing team (Jordan/Zephyr) and coaches people on how to ride in the city.
Here is the article, and thanks David for the quote.
Stars Get Lessons in Life Out of the Bike Lane
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
October 16, 2010, 7:30 pm
Flying on my bicycle down the dotted line between lanes on Park Avenue, I had a decision to make. I could follow Dave Jordan as he rode between rows of slow-moving traffic. That would mean bobbing and ducking around rear view mirrors that jutted out from vans like reflective baseball gloves to catch any passing helmeted head. Or I could slow down and go with the flow of traffic.
It is the kind of decision confronted less often by the cityâ€™s riders in todayâ€™s bike-lane era, in which green swaths of cyclist-only pavement knit neighborhoods together for even the most cautious of two-wheeled beginners.
The Halloween bike events are starting to pour in.
Here are a few so far:
In Washington DC:
(from the organizers) So here’s the nitty-gritty on the race:
WHAT: Dead City Halloween: Halloween alleycat through Washington DC
WHEN: Sat 30 Oct 2010
WHERE: 3:30PM @ Thomas Circle (14th & Mass & M & VT)
We’re trying to pull together sponsors for prizes to give away in categories like First Fixed Gear, First Free-Wheel, First Female, Out-Of-Town, and the like. (Also Skid, Trackstand and Footdown Competitions after the race.) so if you know of anyone that could help us out with any of that, the help would be sooo much appreciated!
For more information/comments/questions/applause/juicy secrets or to just give us a shout — please check out our blog: deadcityhalloween.blogspot.com
or email me back at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike to School Day is on Wednesday, October 13th. This event was created by President Obama to encourage kids to bike to school and not depend on public transportation.
Bike New York, Council Member Brad Lander and the NYC Department of Transportation will lead group rides to and from Brooklyn’s public school MS 51.
The group rides, which take place from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 pm., are expected to draw hundreds of young bicyclists with their parents. There will be safety tips given before the rides start by Bike New York and the DOT.
In addition, there will be a number of routes in the morning, but below is the starting point for a press kick-off.
Â· (STARTING POINT) Time: 7:35 am at 23rd Street and 5th Avenue in Park Slope – Kick-off with speeches by Bike New York, Council Member Brad Lander and the Department of Transportation
Â· (FINAL POINT) Time: 7:50 am at MS 51: 350 Fifth Avenue (Fourth Street), Park Slope, Brooklyn – Parents, kids and hosts are available for interviews
Hundreds of Brooklyn Students to Bike to School on October 13, 2010
Students from all over the world will be walking and biking to school on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, as part of International Walk and Bike to School Day. Locally, Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation are teaming up to lead group rides to and from Brooklynâ€™s William Alexander School MS 51. The group rides, which take place from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 pm., are expected to draw hundreds of young bicyclists.
New York City Councilmember Brad Lander also will be participating in the group rides, biking to MS 51 with his son and giving a short speech in front of the school before 8 a.m.
Whereas nearly 50% of students nationwide walked or biked to school in 1969, that number has fallen to just 13%. As recently highlighted by the NYC Department of Health and first lady Michelle Obama, active transportation provides a wealth of benefits. Biking to school is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into daily life, itâ€™s good for the environment, itâ€™s quick, and itâ€™s exciting. In addition, studies have shown that kids who are physically active are more able to pay attention in school and perform better on tests.
MS 51â€™s celebration of International Walk and Bike to School Day follows its successful Bike to School Day events, held during Bike Month on May 28, 2010. Bike to School Day was also hosted jointly by Bike New York and the NYCDOT.
On October 13, group rides will set out from Sunset Park and Carroll Gardens, making neighborhood â€œbike stopsâ€ to collect more students en route to the school. While parents are welcome to join in, there will be adult ride leaders helping to keep the group on course.
Ok, this wedding had a special place in my heart not just because I was honored to be a groomsman, but also for the wonderful use of bicycles.
Chris and Allie’s wedding made the NY time’s Vows section and it’s an excellent recap of how people meet, fall in love and get married, with the magical influence of two wheels.
Vows Allie Compton and Chris Ryan (photo by Justin T. Shockley) The Statue of Liberty was the backdrop for the couple, who met at the Anarchist Ice Cream Truck.
By JOHN HARNEY
Published: October 8, 2010 His life is a fast-moving swirl of punk rock stagecraft, two-wheeled protests, film projects and occasional bits of street theater.
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Justin T. Shockley
So in September 2008, when Allie Compton, an artist, connected with Chris Ryan, a punk guitarist and singer and a longtime participant in the bicycle rides organized by Critical Mass, she, too, soon found herself jumping on a bike and uninhibitedly wheeling through New Yorkâ€™s car-clogged streets.
The setting for their meeting that September was an art exhibition, called â€œDemocracy in America: The National Campaignâ€ at the Park Avenue Armory. Mr. Ryan, who plays with a band called Team Spider, said, half-jokingly, that he had been invited to the event along with other members of Timeâ€™s Up â€” an environmental advocacy group that is another of his causes â€” â€œto give some street cred or something.â€
He hadnâ€™t been there long when he noticed Ms. Compton from across the enormous room â€” her â€œbright and sunshiny face, rare in this world of cynics in New York,â€ he remembered.
This year the NACCC which is pronounced like that 80’s one hitters, The Knack, is short for the North American Cycle Courier Championships.
This year it’s being held in Atlanta, yes they have bike messengers there, this weekend.
Here is an article found on the messenger news source: messmedia.org, dutifully maintained by Joe Hendry.
The NACCC hits Atlanta’s Streets
The Examiner, October 8th, 2010
By Thomas Moore
Starting today and running through Monday the 11th, Atlanta will play host to an influx of cyclists for the North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC). It is a great opportunity for the city and its citizens to experience the urban cycling scene at an unprecedented scale.
First off, for those curious, the NACCC is an event showcasing the best and brightest of the courier biking scene. Traditionally, a bike courier braves the big city streets to deliver messages, parcels and pretty much anything else that needs delivering. They are famous for their rocketing through the streets of New York and San Francisco despite the heavy traffic. (A quick side note: Quicksilver, a movie from the 80s, gives a look at the messenger biker and is an awesome-in-an-80s sort of way).
The NACCC provides a venue for these messengers to show off their skills in races, track stand competitions, sprints and even some trick riding. All these skills are by-products of the typically messengerâ€™s day and have developed from necessity into a sport of its own. The NACCC are not only about supporting the new sport, but about celebrating the messenger culture that has been developing for years.
Centered on Grant Park, the NACCC will run all weekend through Columbus Day on Monday. Also, there will be a chance to check out various vendors that will be show-casing cycling and cycling-related gear. One such vendor is Stanley that will be showing off their rugged vacuum bottles. Stop by their tent, share a story and perhaps you will walk away with a bottle of your own. In addition to Stanley, there will be numerous other vendors for you to check out, talk with and perhaps purchase some gear.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, enjoy the fact that Atlanta is playing host to the NACCC and so many cyclists. As always, email me with any questions or comments and keep riding!