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Friend of mine got hit by a car…

I got back to town with some bad news.

A really good friend of mine, Jonathan Beck was hit by a car in Brooklyn Monday night (5/3/10) while riding home from work on his bike.

I don’t know how many blog readers knew Jonathan but he loved bikes and is a super warm and friendly person.

To say he’s is really into bikes is a understatement. He’s been an active member of bike community and was a big part of Freewheels, (www.bicycledefensefund.org) a coalition of cyclists who raised money to help with legal defense of cyclists being harassed by the NYPD at things like critical mass. He recently took a train cross country and rode around the West Coast and went all the way to Copenhagen just to buy his beloved Bullitt Cargo bike. We’re talking obsession.

(photo by: Keiko Niwa)

He constantly commuted to work by bike and being a camera assistant in film and tv, he always had random hours and different locations throughout the city.

Monday night, the impact from the car broke his fibia and tibia bones in his leg as well as his hip in three places. Luckily he had no major injuries above the waist and he never hit his head.

After a number of surgeries, Jonathan is recovering at New York Presbyterian on the Upper East Side. He will probably have to be in the hospital for another couple of weeks.

He’s in good spirits and we are all hoping for a fast and healthy recovery.

He could really use some cheering up so please leave comments here for him to check in with.

Jonathan, so sorry this happened to you. I guess we all know the risks of riding a bike in NYC, but your positive energy and spirit is an inspiration.

Get well soon my friend and lets get you back on the bike soon!

I’m on vacation

So I’m taking a long awaited family vacation to some place that looks like this:

So enjoy your start of bike month NYC, and I’ll be back sometime around May 8th.

TA has a new look, just in time for bike month

Transportation Alternatives has a new look for their website.

Just in time, because Bike Month is just around the corner…starting Saturday May 1st.

Check out the events page for all that is going on for the month of May.

Some highlights include:

Bikenewyork’s TD Bank Five Boro bike tour-May 2nd.

The opening of the Bespoke hand built bicycle show at the Museum of Arts and Design -May 11th

Time’s Up Coast to Coast ride with frame builders Johnny Coast and Seth Rosco-May 15th

The NY Bike Jumble swap meet-May 16th

The 7th annual Bicycle Fetish Day,-May 22nd

Help Chombo’s Grill

An outstanding member of our NYC bike community, bike polo super star and events organizer, Chombo:

(photo by: Fred Askew Photography)

Was in a bad accident and lost some teeth.
Please help if you can.

Find out more here.

Bike Law, Q & A.

From being ticketed after you’ve been doored by a car to having your bike stolen on Houston Street because Obama’s in town…you may be having some questions about your legal rights as a cyclist.

Megan Olendorf, alerted me that there will be an online forum to discuss bike laws.

Wednesday, April 28 at 11AM PT / 2PM ET, Avvo (www.avvo.com) is hosting a free Q&A session with a lawyer who can address everything related to Bike Law.

Here is the link to sign up: nakedlaw.avvo.com/law-101

Essentially, people can call in from a telephone or join in over their computer. If they have a legal question but can’t make it next week, they can also send in their question ahead of time. We’ll be sure to ask it and then send the recorded answer after the session.

We think it’s a great opportunity for bikers facing a legal issue to get some free help, or more importantly, raise awareness to prevent legal issues in the future.”

Where are the Pyramids? a new fixed gear movie

David Auner is a film maker who shot a documentary in Cairo about 5 fixed gear riders on a quest in the Middle East.

Check out their action trailer:

More info visit: wherearethepyramids.com

or on Facebook.com

Cops will return stolen bikes, one owner wants to sue


Gothamist has been all over this story about how the NYPD stole all the bikes on Houston Street because they thought their might be used as bombs. It is a police precedence to remove bikes along the route of a presidential motorcade…its just the way they went about it, showing a continued lack of respect for the New Yorkers and their property.

One owner is not to happy that his $150.00 lock was cut and is $900.00 bike was damaged. He is intending to sue the city.

Read more here.

Boston, making strides in bike safety

Boston is know for being a hostile environment for cyclists but things are starting to look up with a bike friendly Mayor, Thomas M. Menino and a new city program for biking, Boston Bikes Program.

read more in this article:

Bike safety efforts pick up pace in city
By Eric Moskowitz

No one would mistake Transportation Secretary Jeffrey B. Mullan for a fixed-gear hipster, spandex-clad racer, socks-over-pants commuter, or other full-time denizen of the cycling world. He rides infrequently enough that the facilities staff at the State Transportation Building recently confiscated his 1980s model Peugeot from the building’s bike room, thinking the bicycle had been abandoned.

But on Wednesday, there was Mullan on his reclaimed bike, pedaling through the streets of Boston in a rush-hour sign of solidarity with the bicycling community, en route to the inaugural Bicycling Safety Summit convened by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The summit represented a high-water mark in the continued effort by local cyclists to gain the ear of officials and promote a cultural shift toward equal status for bicycles on the roads — a tall order in a city consistently ranked among the most hostile to bicyclists. Still, they have an ally in Menino, who three years ago launched the Boston Bikes program with the goal of making the city a cycling haven.

Read more here.

Documentary about couriers

Kenton Hoppas is a film maker trying to raise funds for a documentary about what it’s like to be a bicycle courier. He is following Squid in NYC and James Addison in Portland.

He is using the website Kickstarter.com where you can find out more about his project and perhaps donate to the cause.

Pogan Trial-Cross Examination Monday.

Tomorrow, April 26th, Monday…former cop Patrick Pogan will take the stand for his criminal trial. Friday (4/23) Pogan spoke for the first time about what his rationale was for body checking Christopher Long in Time’s Square back in Critical Mass, July 25, 2008.

The trial continues on Monday with Pogan’s cross-examination.

Those who would like to attend: 211 Centre St. room 733, at 10am.

Cycling activist, Mellow Yellow, who writes the blog: Criticalmasspanic, has some opinions on the importance of the monthly ride, plus report backs on the last !st fRideay ride which meet up with a crew from Staten Island.

Here is also a plug for Friday’s Critical Mass ride, April 30th:

“Regardless of the outcome of the above trial, we should have a very interesting Manhattan CM this Friday. Last month we walked out. This month we may hit numbers that apparently require a parade permit. And some of us are going to dress in all white to represent that we are all ghost riders until we have truly safe roads. We’ve already lost too many wonderful bike-riding people to motor vehicles this year. Come and contribute to how this all plays out…keep it positive!

GHOST RIDE (or walk) THE MASS!!!
Friday, April 30th
7pm Union Square North
WEAR WHITE, DECORATE YOUR BIKE WHITE!

Ride Safer, Ride Massive!”

Mellow Yellow