Joel Epstein writes for the Huffington Post. He spends most of his time in LA, but he recently discovered our new bike lane in Prospect Park and wrote an article.
From the Urbanite Times
A BIKE ROUTE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
by Joel Epstein.
September 14, 2010 It is fair to say that I am obsessed with Washingtonâ€™s belated embrace of infrastructure construction as a means of rebuilding the country and the economy. So if youâ€™re anything like me on this, you may be asking yourself whether President Obamaâ€™s Infrastructure Bank has a snowballâ€™s chance in hell in the current political climate. Does his recent speech mean that Obama and his policy team have finally heard the muezzinâ€™s call to prayer on public transportation and other needed public works?
And where, if at all, does 30/10, LAâ€™s smart proposal to accelerate construction on 12 critical public transportation projects, figure in to all of this?
With the Party of No winding up again to cut off the countryâ€™s nose to spite its face over Obamaâ€™s new New Deal I thought I would focus this week on an urban infrastructure change that doesnâ€™t take an act of Congress and doesnâ€™t cost the equivalent of a Goldman Sachs partnerâ€™s Christmas bonus. The fact is, not all the things government does to improve the quality of life for the citizenry involves billions of dollars in investment and years of planning and construction. Sometimes, more modest changes in the streetscape can alter in positive ways the life we live. And sometimes, the work to make those changes can be carried out by employees who are already on the payroll.
Nadir Olivet is the owner of Torontoâ€™s la Carrera Cycles http://www.lacarrera-cycles.com/ and the main organizer and sponsor of this yearâ€™s Cycle Messengerâ€™s World Championships (CMWC).
â€œIâ€™ve been fortunate; thatâ€™s why I am here,â€ Olivet says simply.
â€œTwelve years ago my nephew and I were bike messengers in Washington, D.C. and we decided to bring the race home to Guatemala. But, for several years, the organizers turned us down because it was â€˜not logicalâ€™ to run the race in country that had no bike messengers.â€ So, in the intervening years, Mr. Olivet opened a shop serving messengers in Toronto; selling them everything they needed from chains and gears to a line of clothing that he had designed.
My good friend Nona Varnado promises to send back some dispatches from the field if she’s not to busy sipping martini’s pool sid—I mean schmoozing her wears around for her line of woman’s cycling apparel.
Really saddened to learn about this.
A 23 year old woman, Jasmine Herron was killed on Saturday, (9/11/10) on her bicycle in Brooklyn.
Here is an article from the Daily News:
Woman in bike tragedy, Jasmine Herron, rode bike everywhere, co-workers said
By: Barr Paddock, Mike Mclaughlin, Edgar Sandoval and John Lauinger
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Monday, September 13th 2010
article: The woman killed this weekend in Brooklyn when her bicycle clipped the door of a parked car – launching her into a city bus – rode her bike everywhere, co-workers said.
Jasmine Herron, 23, who died in the freak accident Saturday night in Prospect Heights, worked as a barrista at Think Coffee on Mercer St. in Manhattan. She rode her bike to work every day, co-workers said, and always wore a helmet.
“She was a nice girl. It’s a tragedy,” said a neighbor who lived near the apartment Herron sublet on Cortelyou Road in Brooklyn.
It is illegal to open a car door into a cyclists path. It’s also illegal to operate a vehicle without a license. The driver of the car was arrested and charged with, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed driving, and a vehicle and traffic law violation.
A message from a playwright friend of Jasmine’s, Casey Wimpee, found on illraper.com.
RIP, Jasmine Herron. 2/14/86 – 9/11/10. a sweet, fearless, beautiful, amazing young woman to know & work with, & funny as hell. who else could segue conversations from Slavoj Zizek to Kathy Acker to broom of the system while gang of four plays in the background? you & HCB will be dearly missed, valentine.
I post this to pass on my deepest condolences to all friends and family involved in this tragic accident. Knowing full well the realities of being a cyclist in NYC,
please be careful out there, watch for car doors…maybe even avoid Atlantic Ave., especially with all the construction that is going on there with the new stadium.
I stumbled upon a new blog which takes an interesting and critical look at some of the roadways and commuting options out there for NYC cycling.
Dan Oliverio writes:
His subtitle is: “Where the automobile stops and your feet take over. A blog covering new and old ideas for transportation and its alternatives, infrastructure, urban planning and design within the metropolitan area. Probably some politics too…”
More about the site from Dan:
“I have been riding in NYC for just about as long as I have lived here, which is a mere five years. The past year I challenged myself to ride every day possible, and with this experience I have been able to truly see the city from a completely different perspective, through the eyes of a cyclist. There is something to be said for the thrill of riding a bike thorugh NYC streets – something that can often be a complicated task.
I originally created this blog as a way to express my thoughts and ideas around a different perspective on life in general. A few weeks ago it started to evolve in to a focus on transportation alternatives, urban planning, city projects and general New York City life, something I have always has a passion for. Recently I have been taking photos of my biking journeys down various NYC streets and bike paths and showing what life as a NYC cyclist is really like. These “photo journeys” are something I hope to continue doing in the future.”
From ride organizer Rene Netter, If you can think of new routes to ride or other parts of the city to explore by bike in a group ride then please come to the Ditmas Ride maybe you can even prepare the route you’d like to ride so we can all come along. Just keep in mind that their will be children on the ride and that there might be not so experiences riders.
The next Ditmas Ride will be this Friday (9/10) at 7:00 pm. We will meet in front of the VoxPop @ the corner of Cortelyou and Stratford. It will be fun to see you so please come it will make a difference.
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.
There will be a bit of a lot party this weekend on Bergen Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. Local business are coming together in an empty lot between 450 and 448 Bergen St, to raise money for the Brooklyn based charity, The Center For Anti-Violence Education.
Ride Brooklyn, will be having a weekend long sale and some computrainer competitions from 4:00-6:00pm on Saturday.
Here is some info from owner Jessica Murray Kocher (posted on facebook.)
2 Racers will go head to head on a virtual Computrainer coarse complete with hills. The coarse will be 1 mile long. It will be raced tournament style with the final of 3 miles.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 as well as a few prizes for best time and highest power output.
1st place is a $50 gift card good on anything in the store. It will be increased to $100 if we have more than 25 racers sign up in a single category. (If the woman’s group has fewer than 10 it will be $25)
We will have separate categories for single/fixed gear, Multi-speed bikes, and a woman’s category.
Don’t forget… ITS FREE!!!!!…. plus there will be food and bevys and entertainment on hand and the entire Bergen street block will be having specials and sales for this event!!
Nadir Olivet, a Guatemalan native and owner of La Carrera Cycles in Toronto, had a wild idea. Why not host this years 18th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships in his native country. Despite severe weather such as mudslides, the show has gone one.
The show goes on: Guatemalan landslides challenge Cycle Messenger World Championships organizers
By Connor Boals â€¢ Updated: Sep 9th 2010
Itâ€™s a bike messengerâ€™s job to get the delivery done in any condition: rain, sleet or snow.
But what about landslides?
The 18th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships will answer just that question as hundreds of messengers from across the globe descend on the tiny Guatemalan town of Panajachel, where some preliminary events started Sept. 3
Heavy rains from tropical storm Hermine have already brought the mountainsides down, closed roads, stranded racers across Central America, displacing villagers and even taking several lives.