More info about PPW bike lane actions

From the words of writer, professor, activist and all around concerned citizen of Brooklyn: Ben Shepard:

What: Park Slope Neighbors’ Bike Ride and Walk in Support of the new Prospect Park West bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements
When: 8AM, Thursday, October 21st
Where: Meet up at Grand Army Plaza
RSVP and share event info here:

This Thursday a small group of Prospect Park West residents will be gathering to speak out against the new, safer Prospect Park West design. Specifically, they will be protesting the two-way protected bike lane and pedestrian improvements. We know – how can anyone be against improved safety for children, families and park users? We are confident that the supporters of the new and safer Prospect Park West far outnumber those that oppose it. Join Park Slope Neighbors and hundreds of Brooklyn residents at a rally to show this support.

What: Bike Ride and Walk Prospect Park West safety improvements
When: 8AM, Thursday, October 21st
Where: Meet up at Grand Army Plaza

Why is the new Prospect Park West important?

It improves safety – Before and after speed surveys show that the new design reduced average speeds by 25%, increased compliance with the speed limit five-fold and reduced the proportion of cars speeding 40 mph or faster from 30% to just 1.4%. This is a result of replacing one of Prospect Park West’s travel lanes with a protected, two-way bike path and pedestrian refuge islands.

The community asked for it – The new Prospect Park West was born out of community concern with unsafe driving and speeding on the corridor. The project’s development and implementation has been supported consistently over several years by Community Board 6, local elected officials, civic organizations and thousands of Park Slope residents and users of Prospect Park. Let’s not let a small group of people who are unhappy with change and unbothered by speeding tell a different–and false—story.

If you care about streets designed for people and safe biking and walking join us for a demonstration of support for the Prospect Park West redesign. Whether you are on foot or on a bike, join us! We will travel along Prospect Park West together to Carroll Street, and greet the protestors there with smiles and signs of support. It will be an early morning but you can expect to be done and headed to work by 9am.

Spread the word to your friends and neighbors who care about people-friendly streets and believe that the new Prospect Park West design is working better for everyone. Please send around this link to our RSVP page and help us to show that New Yorkers care about safety:

Bike Lane Protests and survey.

You probably heard, last Friday there was a protest against Mayor Bloomberg’s aggressive campaign of putting in new bike lanes, with a target of the new one on 1st Ave. in Manhattan.

Gothamist covered the action with this story.

(a couple of pro-bike lane supporters, photo by: Zoë 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.

Find out more at

To sound off on the PPW bike lane, please take a minute to fill out this survey put forward by Community Board 6.

a quote in the NY Times

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
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 city’s riders in today’s bike-lane era, in which green swaths of cyclist-only pavement knit neighborhoods together for even the most cautious of two-wheeled beginners.

Read the whole article here.

Halloween bike events

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:
or email me back at

In Burlington Vermont,

More info at Culture Cycles

Berlin always represents with their 18th annual alleycat:

More info here.

and in NYC, Austin Horse wanted me to spread the word about a tricks comp.

I know there will be a lot more so stay tuned.

Also, if you have an event you’d like to promote…send it!

Today is Bike to School Day

Got this message from Kanessa Tixe,

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.

· (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

· (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 Brooklyn’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, it’s good for the environment, it’s quick, and it’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 51’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 “bike stops” 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.

More Info:

Congrats to Sonny

@sonnytime nailed it in 12 minutes and won himself a Nalgene bottle.

Nice work.

Philly bike racks-suck

Remember back when you could pop a Kryptonite lock with a bic pen? I hope those going down to the Philly Bike Expo at the end of the month, plan on bringing their bikes inside.

From Evan Watkey’s blogs Bits and Bikes.

Nalgene bottle giveaway

Nalgene, makers of cool on-the-go water bottles, sent me a few of their latest models.

The OTF (on-the-fly)

These are BPA free, holds 24oz and completely spill proof.

I want to share the love so,

The first person to tweet #nalgene and #bikeblognyc gets a free bottle.

NY Bike jumble swap meet at Philly Bike Expo

Looks like the NY Bike Jumble will be down in Philly having a swap meet as well.

Check it out here.

Chris and Allie in the NYTimes

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.

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.

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 York’s car-clogged streets.

The setting for their meeting that September was an art exhibition, called “Democracy in America: The National Campaign” 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 Time’s Up — an environmental advocacy group that is another of his causes — “to give some street cred or something.”

He hadn’t been there long when he noticed Ms. Compton from across the enormous room — her “bright and sunshiny face, rare in this world of cynics in New York,” he remembered.

read the entire article here.

A video from the wedding: