I missed the last Bike shorts, Ken Stanek’s ongoing short film festival in Brooklyn. Even though there were two opportunities to see the movies, due to a rain date. RATS.
There was a lot of buzz about the winning film, Rachel Brown’s short about bike lanes.
It doesn’t take a great documentarian such as Errol Morris (Thin Blue Line, the Fog of War) or Michael Moore (Sicko, Capitalism a Love Story) to make a concise investigative film. Rachel just grabbed a camera and interviewed some riders of the new bike lane on 1st Ave. This is an excellent look at the debate about whether bike lanes in NYC are actually safer.
Joe Nocella, of 718 Cyclery has this really cool concept about outfitting people with the perfect urban commuter. He calls it collaborative builds and it basically works like this: You pick out a frame, generally an old school ten speed or some gem either you find or he finds it, mostly on ebay or craig’s list. Then you discuss parts, wheels, what you want to use the bike for and your riding style. Then Joe orders the parts, lays them out and then you schedule an appointment to build your bike. Joe builds the wheels.
According to his blog, it looks like Joe is getting a store front, scheduled to open at the end of October. (pending the signing of a lease) 461 7th Ave. In Park Slope Brooklyn.
Luckily, Joe is also an architect so he’s put up some concept graphics of the new space.
Ok, first there was the immensely popular and hilarious, stuffwhitepeoplelike.com. Take a look at this blog, in case you had any doubts, or need a good laugh.
Then I stumbled upon this little gem. It’s good to know we made the list of Things Republicans Hate.
“Riding a bicycle has become fashionable for extreme liberals known as â€˜Bohemiansâ€™ or â€˜Hipstersâ€™. These hipster cyclists can often be seen with their right pant leg rolled up. This fashion statement is the equivalent of a pierced right ear (theyâ€™re gay). Hipsters enjoy riding their bikes to useless, liberal arts courses and head shops.”
Thought this was the best way to get around school?
Looks like college campuses across the US have adopted bike sharing programs.
Check out this article in USA today.
Bike-sharing programs spin across U.S. campuses
By Didi Tang, USA TODAY
Photo caption: Jason Dallam, left, adjusts a bike Blake Bodendorfer checked out for the semester from Drury University on Aug. 30.
Photo by: Bob Linder, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader
Drury University junior Garret Shelenhamer ditched his car and gets to his classes and volunteer commitments using a shiny, new bike provided by the school.
Shelenhamer, 20, is one of a number of students across the USA taking advantage of free or low-cost bike sharing programs, which have become increasingly popular. Drury students agreed to pay a $20-a-year sustainability fee, which funds the bike program. The Springfield, Mo., school purchased 40 new bikes for use by students in time for the fall semester.
“It’s helped me so much,” Shelenhamer said. “It’s been fun.”
Nearly 90 American universities, from New York University to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, offer some form of campus bike program, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
This weekend, the World Maker Faire is coming to Queens. Make Magazine started this upgraded science fair in San Francisco as an expo to highlight the types of things they offer their readers, homemade robotics, DIY inventions and all kinds of innovative projects. Such creations as how to build your own coffee roaster, to making a decorative sewing machine cover and constructing your own solar powered hot tub…who doesn’t need that?
Now this build it yourself renegade craft and science fair is making it’s New York City Debut in Queens at the Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street–Queens, NY 11368-2950–
September 25th and 26th.
Kerri Martin used to do a lot of great community service for bikes here in NYC. Now she has moved on to New Jersey and is working with a new space called Second Life Bike Shop.
I mean, they’ve got a bike blender, what more do you need.
Here is more about it from the Asbury Park Press.
Asbury Park shop gives new life to used bikes
Asbury Park shop teaches meaning of recycling to area youngsters
By NANCY SHIELDS â€¢ STAFF WRITER â€¢ September 17, 2010
ASBURY PARK â€” Curdel Changoo, 12, a seventh grader at Hope Academy Charter School, tells it this way: There is a boy who is his cousin’s brother’s cousin who came to visit and took Curdel’s bike to the boardwalk where it got stolen last year.
Curdel’s mother told him about this new place at 21 Main St., a 7,500-square-foot space full of donated bicycles, where kids can earn their own bike by working 15 hours learning bicycle repair. So far, he’s worked 10 hours at Kerri Martin’s Second Life Bikes.
Martin, 38, is working hard at her latest job operating a not-for-profit community bike shop where people donate their used mountain bikes, cruisers, trick BMX bikes, and tot-sized bikes.
Kids can earn a bike or work one hour for a seat or tube, two hours for a tire.
Adults can find bike parts they need or pick out a bike that needs some repair and pay about $45 to $100 for Martin to get it road ready.
Saying Chris Ryan has something to do with bike culture in NYC is like boasting that Babe Ruth had something to do with a game played with a small hard ball and a wood bat and building a house for a team that begins with Y.
Yesterday was the marriage of Christopher J. Ryan of the bike punk ska band Team Spider and his lovely bride Allie Compton. However, this was no ordinary affair. It was the perfect blend of traditional marriage meets nontraditional Mar RRRRRRRRRRRRRRiage. That repeated letter in the alphabet is most well known for when you’re dressing up and pillaging as a pirate.
The wedding was held on Governor’s Island, which has become this great local, bikeable spot, just a few hundred yards off of Manhattan. Once a coast guard outpost, it has now been given to a trust run by the city of New York and opened up as an amazing scenic spot where people are encouraged to rent or bring their bicycles and enjoy an almost completely auto free existence.
It was the perfect backdrop for a wedding and best of all, doesn’t cost anything.
Kindred spirits to Chris, in their activism and love for “giving a shit” about NYC, Reverend Billy officiated the wedding for about 100 people.
Saturday (9/18/10) also happened to be international, “talk like a pirate day. This meant there were Santacon like costume parades of pirates going on all over the world and one just so happened to be plundering on Governors Island. It also happened to be another one of Time’s Up themed bike rides in which this time, they were hellbent on plundering Chris and Allie’s wedding, especially since Chris was one of their own pirates and they’d be damned if he went off and tied the knot with out a fight.
This is an event where people reclaim parking spaces across the city and turn them into mini parks, hangouts and chill spaces for a day instead of being used as idle parking spots. Mostly these are done in more “downtown” like locations, where most people expect to see street theater or odd performances, however, Time’s Up broke the mold and headed uptown, smack dab in front of Mayor’s Bloomberg’s office on 79th and 5th Ave. in Manhattan.
This had everything to do with this environmental direct action group’s intention of continually sending a message to the Mayor to permanently protect community gardens once and for all.
Ok, back to the wedding.
So we rode out to Governors Island on a gorgeous September day and offered those who didn’t bring bikes a shuttle on one of the many contraptions you can rent out there including these quad cycles.
All of the wedding guests and the pirates gathered at Picnic Point, on the other side of the island from the ferry terminal and listened to a wonderful speech by Reverend Billy.
Then the pirates made an attempt to defeat Chris and steal his bride.
Chris was successful in defeating the pirates and actually getting married. We all celebrated with a critical mass style bike ride around the island.
Here is the final report from Connor Boals on the CMWC 2010 in Guatemala.
Messenger world championships go to the rookies in Guatemala
By Connor Boals â€¢ Published: Sep 14th 2010 3:29 PM EDT
Craig Etheridge won a plane ticket to a messenger race in Guatemala. Then, he won that race.
Etheridge, a first time competitor at the Cycle Messenger World Championships, was the first to complete a delivery course through the tiny Guatemalan town of Panajachel.
Etheridge along with the top 40 male and top 10 female riders competed on Sunday to deliver a set of five manifests consisting of approximately 10 deliveries each.
Etheridgeâ€™s finished the course in two hours and 45 minutes, according to Shawn â€œbegaâ€ Blumenfeld, the results coordinator for the event.
â€œI just tried to ride smart, clean lines,â€ Etheridge said. â€œAnd on top of that, thereâ€™s always an element of luck.â€
The Brompton is about the coolest folding bicycle around, mainly for its amazing compact ability. NYCE wheels and Bfold Bicycles , who both sell these nifty rides, are hosting the third of their Fold Up food rides on Sunday. The Brommie Yummie.
Here is a press release about it:
Hello! My name is Steven Huang and Brommie Yummie is one of my many ideas of sharing good vibes with the world through the use of my Brompton Folding Bike.
It is about tasting and exploring the world through eating, biking and folding around the city with a Brommie on a leisurely paced 10-15 miles flexible ride with a theme for each ride.
brommie yummie 1.0 ride took place on Sunday 5.23.2010 in NYC and the cuisine theme was British, paying tribute to the Queen & birthplace of the Brommie. Bert from NYCeWheels took some great photos from the ride and Tim from Bikes@Vienna wrote a nice blog post about the ride.
brommie yummie 2.0 ride took place on Sunday 7.18.2010 & Tuesday 7.20.2010 and the cuisine theme was American, celebrating Americaâ€™s birthday & independence.
brommie yummie 3.0 ride will take place on Sunday 9.19.2010 & Tuesday 9.21 and the cuisine theme is â€œEast West Fusionâ€ which means we are in for a melting pot experience.
Vegetarian options are on menu at some spots, but please bring your own & come join the brommie fun! If you have food allergy, then please check & ask before you order & eat?
For those of you who canâ€™t make the ride on Sunday, donâ€™t be sad because I am willing to repeat any of the previous ride on Tuesday after if I get enough interest. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in any of the previous ride so arrangements can be made accordingly.
I donâ€™t know about you, but it is often my experience to see smiles whenever I fold or unfold my Brommie and I smile whenever I eat something Yummie, so please join me to bring out more smiles… by doing the Brommie Yummie Ride
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join me for the ride. The participation of Brommie owners from Boston, Philly & Washington DC are welcome, the starting point of the ride is near Penn Station, Mega Bus & Bolt Bus drop-off point for your convenience. Please let me know if need traveling tips & suggestions.
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.