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. Heâ€™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. Weâ€™re talking obsession.
Essentially, people can call in from a telephone or join in over their computer. If they have a legal question but canâ€™t make it next week, they can also send in their question ahead of time. Weâ€™ll be sure to ask it and then send the recorded answer after the session.
We think itâ€™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.”
April 26th, 2010 | Category: Bike News | Comments are closed
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.
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 buildingâ€™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 â€” 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.
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!