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Stolen bikes

got two to report. One comes from Allison Boucher who just had her new bike stolen.

Hi,

I had my brand new bike stolen last night, and I’d appreciate it if you could post this on the blog.

My bike was a Giant Boulder SE for Women, size Medium (2010). It is white with orange stripes on the frame, and orange handlebars. It looks pretty shiny and new – i didn’t even get to ride it yet. Left it in the building for about 6 hours and it was gone when i got home!

The bike was locked to a stairwell on the first floor of my apartment building. It was a pretty cheap lock and the thief just smashed it apart, though I’m not sure how he got in the building. The building is on Hooper St. between Marcy and Lee Ave in South Williamsburg.

I was pretty crushed to lose it. If you’ve seen it anywhere please let me know, I’d be truly grateful.

Thanks
any info contact: boucher.allison@gmail.com

Then
Spike, front man of classic East Village punk band Sewage, got his bike stolen and he needs it for messenger work.

Stolen ave a and 7th at rays candy
Thurs June 4 2010
Has sewage stickers on it.

Message from Chris Ryan of Teamspider. There is also a partial serial number on it-

Bike Jerk rides to Work

Jim Fulmer is a jerk. A cycle jerk that is. He runs the blog cyclejerk.blogspot.com out of the Maryland area. Jim also commutes to work by bike and was recently featured in a USA today video for bike-to-work week.

Jim is living the car-free lifestyle and we applaud you.
Also in the video is Jo Doyle, also from Silver Spring Maryland.

Kiss my Face-contest

I feel like giving away something.

It’s getting pretty warm out there in NYC and you’ve got to keep protected from the harsh rays of the sun. Kiss my Face gave me a bunch of sun care products and I thought I’d give them away in a quick and easy contest.

Here’s what you have to do to win:

1) follow me on twitter.com– twitter.com/bikeblognyc
2) be the first to email me with the answers to these 4 trivia questions about the blog:

A) what was the original web address of my blog?
B) how many years have I blogging?
C) what is the name of my son?
D) what happened to my orange bike with the green aerospoke?

Be the first to answer these questions and the sun care products are yours. Send answers to: mgreen@bikeblognyc.com. Don’t forget to include your twitter address.

GOOD LUCK.

bikeblognyc t-shirts


I’ve got T-shirts for sale.
Thanks to Brett Novick of Good-Tee.com and Pedalpushersclub.com you can buy a Bikeblognyc.com t-shirt and support me.

Right now I’ve got them in my favorite color. Soon I’ll get this more officially on the site but for now…check it out Here.

SUV drivers targests cyclists in San Francisco

This reminded me about a discussion I had with Marci Blackman who’s co-writing our cycling book. She lived in San Francisco for 16 years before coming to NYC and said she felt much safer here on a bike then back there. Something to do with the cars being able to get up to speed more and much less tolerant of cyclists in general. After reading this recent article, I’m starting to believe her.

Albany man arrested in S.F. hit-run attacks
Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, June 5, 2010
San Francisco police arrested an Albany man Friday on suspicion of carrying out a six-minute rampage in an SUV in which he mowed down four bicyclists before smashing his vehicle into a light pole and running away.

Police have not released the suspect’s name because he is being “medically evaluated” for psychological and other problems and has not been booked, Police Chief George Gascón said at a news conference.

The man, who is in his 40s, was arrested at about 1 p.m. after he went to the Albany Police Department and fabricated a story about his car being carjacked in San Francisco, police said.

Read more: SFgate.com

Originally saw this article on Astoriabike.com

greenway round up

There has been a lot of action towards improving our streets with bike lanes and greenways here in NYC.

Looks like we are getting the approved two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West. The DOT street crews have been painting lines in anticipation for the new lanes which move parked cars away from the curb on the West side of the street.

Meanwhile a local community board approved a separated bike lane on Columbus Ave.

Streetsblog’s Noah Kazis has more on how community board 7 won the vote.
Read the article here.

and in more news there is going to be an open house this Sunday to discuss improving the East River greenway, and dealing with a 33 block gap where cyclists are exposed to some fast moving traffic.

Read more and find out how to get involved in Streetsblog.org article.

Find out more at eastrivergreenway.org

Bike lane on Prospect Park West

According to Brownstoner.com the Prospect Park West bike lane has taken effect.

OH NO! It’s the end of the world as we know it. For all you Park Slope residents worried about the loss of parking…Try Roadify.com

Thanks to brooklyn by bike for alerting me to this through twitter.

Thanks to my latest sponsor: Christopher Koelle, sweetride

Just wanted to give a huge thank you to my latest sponsor Christopher Koelle and his site on Esty, Sweetride.

Christopher has been doing really amazing vintage bicycle artwork and sent me a nice package in exchange for an ad banner.

I received some smaller prints and 2 copies of his book along with this signed piece.

Christopher’s most recent project was doing all the illustrations for the Bike Snob’s book:


Available on Chronicle books

Really great art and I know we’ll be seeing a lot more from Christopher in the future.

Great video from Kissena

Mike Kobal shot this awesome video on his track bike at the Kissena Velodrome in Queens.

New York City’s only bicycle Track: Kissena Velodrome from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

Here’s how he did it:

Went there on a late afternoon and shoot til sun down. The track is fast but has may bumps. A lot of fun and very addictive. Already have too many bikes, now I am seriously thinking about adding a track bike. This was shot with the Panasonic Lumix GH1, the standard 14-140mm and the 7-14mm. I also used the Zeiss 50mm 1.4 via adapter. Tripod, hand held (steady cam) and mounted on various places on the bike. I had a huge studio clamp with a fluid head attached, clamped it to the seat post, handlebar, tightened it to the max, after one lap it was loose. The camera and lenses survived, hitting the ground only once, and countless laps of rattle. I am impressed with this little camera. I should mention that the rider, Thomas Hassler, does not sweat and does not rest. I couldn’t believe it. You are looking at the future of cycling :O) Hope you have as much fun watching this movie as it was making it. Edit in FCP, converted to b/w, added grain and curves, that’s it. very straight forward. If you like what you hear, one of my all time favorites: the-streets.co.uk/
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Time’s Up events June 1st-June 20th

Here is the latest from Time’s Up, your local community Bicycle activist group and Co-op.

The Time’s Up! Bicycle Co-Op is now offering inexpensive bicycles from it’s recycle a bike program. While the recycle a bike program offers all different styles of bikes, we are currently focusing on providing a very practical Dutch style gender non-specific recycled bicycle. These bikes are single speed and includes full fenders, chain guard, and in most cases a rear rack and front basket.
The recycle a bike program’s hours are Wednesday’s from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 2-6 p.m.
All donations raised will go towards the Time’s Up Bicycle Co-Op and to keep our Bike Repair Workshops running!
Find out more Here.

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The Time’s Up! SUNDAY BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES have moved to a new time!
Starting in June 2010:
Weekly Classes: Sunday’s, 4-6 p.m.
Fix Your Own Bike Open Workshop: Sunday’s 6-8 p.m.
See events listing below for more information about our weekly workshops and classes.

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Join Time’s Up! on Facebook. Get invites and updates to our events and rides, make friends with other environmentalists and bikers, and support our cause!

And here!

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SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member Here.
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.

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Time’s Up! is currently accepting tool donations!
Do you have tools at home that you no longer use, or do you have doubles? Time’s Up! needs your hand tools, power tools, truing stands, bike stands, and bike pumps. We provide bike repair workshops five nights a week at two different locations empowering individuals to use tools- your donated tools can be used in these programs.
Please contact us to donate or if you have any questions! timesup.events@gmail.com

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1. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, June 4th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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2. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, June 4th, 7 p.m.
Union Square North
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3. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, June 11th, 7 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect and Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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4. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, June 12th, 9 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.
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5. WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE
Saturday, June 12th, 5 p.m.
Location TBA
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6. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, June 18th
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)
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7. VALET BIKE PARKING AT CLEARWATER FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th, 10 a.m.
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** In NYC and Brooklyn! **
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Workshops will be held at ABC No Rio which is located at 156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets.
Wednesday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Time’s Up! Brooklyn which is located at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford Avenue
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1. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, June 4th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Join us for a relaxing auto-free ride through Central Park. Enjoy the tranquility of the park and its beautiful ponds and waterways. This totally safe ride, with front and rear bike guides, is a nature lover’s dream in Manhattan! The ride moves at a very leisurely pace with a few stops to enjoy the scenery. We usually finish before midnight, back at Columbus Circle. Total mileage is under 10 miles. Any kind of bike will work.

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2. FIRST FRIDAY RIDE
Friday, June 4th, 7 p.m.
Union Square North

Celebrate non-polluting transportation with a new, spontaneous, monthly mass-ride creating fun, safe and sane streets.
First Friday Ride is a new monthly celebration of pollution-free transportation, creating fun, safer streets for human beings! A fun and inclusive group bicycle ride through the streets of New York City at a leisurely pace. Route to be determined by participants. Participants are encouraged to stay close together for increased safety. Courteous behavior towards pedestrians and other road-users also encouraged.
Bring lights and bells. No bike needed but highly recommended. Skaters or joggers will be joyfully accepted. Come with your love and creativity to spaces usually dominated by motor vehicles by dressing up, bringing music or snacks to share. A real fun way to build real community!
Post-ride dinner at a delicious and affordable eatery, TBD.

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3. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, June 11th, 7 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect and Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation, exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. New York City’s first Critical Mass was in 1993.

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4. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, June 12th, 9 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.

Join us for a totally safe, auto-free ride as we explore Prospect Park at night. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the fields, woods and ponds. Bike guides in the front and back. Bring your favorite bike: the one with the lights! The park is dark at night.

More info Here.

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5. WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE
Saturday, June 12th, 5 p.m.
Location TBA

World Naked Bike Ride is in its 7th year internationally. This will be NYC’s 2nd year fighting indecent exposure to toxic pollution and dangerous vehicular traffic.

World Naked Bike Ride

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6. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, June 18th
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)

The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan. We should get there just in time for the fireworks! This is a casual ride at a relaxed pace.
Bring locks as we plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. We usually spend about an hour and a half in the park, on the beach (and in the water!), on the boardwalk, at Nathan’s, and everyone has a GREAT time! Some people return on the subway, and others ride back at a faster pace.

More info Here.

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7. VALET BIKE PARKING AT CLEARWATER FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th, 10 a.m.
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson

Ride your bike up the Hudson River to the region’s premier music and environmental festival! Free valet parking and bike information will be provided by Time’s Up! Check our website to learn more and help you get there by bike:

More info here.

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8. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** In both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

More info here.

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
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WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
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FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Sunday at 4 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Sunday, Open Workshop from 6 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue