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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

Great video from Street Films

Street films made a great wrap up compilation of NYC’s bike month.

Suckapants and Mission Bags-Giveaway

Photographer Tod Seelie of Suckapants is giving away a waterproof back pack from San Francisco’s Mission Workskop.

Here are details how to win:

It’s contest time again here at Sucka Pants, and we’ve got a sweet prize this time. The generous folks over at Mission Workshop in San Francisco are going to give one of their great versatile waterproof messenger backpacks to the winner of this contest. Details on how to win below:

- To win, send the best photo involving a bicycle that YOU took yourself to sucka{at}suckapants.com. Feel free to include any explanation or backstory if you think it helps the photo. Any submissions whose authenticity is suspect will be disqualified.
- Contest will run for one week from the date of this post.
- Winner will select their prize from Mission Workshop and it will be shipped to them.
- No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to U.S. residents only. Submitting photographers must own all rights to any photographs entered in this contest. By submitting an image, the photographer represents and warrants that such submission does not infringe any third-party rights or other rights protected by law.

Stolen Bike

Got this from a reader and apologize for not posting this earlier:

my emerald green x-small Specialized Seattle Langster was stolen in front of my apartment today in South Slope (15th St.). I was using a new onguard u-lock and it was gone with the bike.

Thanks,
Danae

Any info email Danae at: danaeda@gmail.com.

A couple of photos of the Stolen bike:

Neistat Brothers new HBO series and sneak peek

The Neistat Brothers (Casey and Van) got their start making short films, many of them with bicycle related subjects. Their most famous was called “Bike Thief” about how easy it was to take a bicycle in NYC using really obvious techniques and in broad daylight.

They have had several really entertaining shorts in the Bicycle Film Festival.

Now they have a new series on HBO premiering this Friday, June 4th.

Thanks to Rooftop Films, you can catch a sneak peak of the first two episodes tomorrow, June 2nd.

Here is the scoop:


A special sneak preview of the first two episodes of The Neistat Brothers, a handmade home-movie TV show, on HBO created by Rooftop F ilms alums, Casey and Van Neistat. The Neistat Brothers premieres on Friday, June 4 at Midnight on HBO.

Venue: the pier of Solar One at East 23rd Street on the East River (Kip’s Bay, Manhattan)
8:00pm: Doors Open
8:45pm: Live music by Keepaway
9:00pm: Episodes 1 & 2 of The Neistat Brothers
10:15pm: Meet the stars at a reception and enjoy complimentary drinks courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
Admission: No charge for admission with RSVP. You can RSVP here or by emailing neistatrsvp@rooftopfilms.com

Presented in partnership with: IFP, Bicycle Film Fest, and UnionDocs

Join us Wednesday, June 2nd, for an exclusive sneak preview of The Neistat Brothers, a genre-busting, eight-episode series consisting of experimental short films from the art-world brothers of the same name. We have been showing the hilarious and innovative short films by Casey and Van Neistat for years, and we hope you can all come out to celebrate the premiere of their new show with us along the water at Solar One.

There is no charge for admission, but please RSVP here or by emailing neistatrsvp@rooftopfilms.com to reserve your spot, and head to Solar One for complimentary Radeberger Pilsner, live music and the chance to meet and congratulate The Neistat Brothers in person.

The Neistat Brothers debuts Friday, June 4 (midnight-12:30 a.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, with other episodes debuting on subsequent Fridays at the same time. A mix of comedy and drama, each episode spans six weeks in the lives of Van and Casey Neistat (pronounced “nigh-stat”).

The Neistats’ first leap into episodic television, the series is by, and about, the art-world duo known for pioneering the world of online video content. The brothers primarily use consumer-grade shooting and editing equipment, refining the inventive and resourceful spirit that is a trademark of their approach to film, pop culture and entertainment.

A mix of biographical vignettes and experiments in curiosity, The Neistat Brothers includes such segments as: a nautical challenge of varying proportions; smuggling authentic maple syrup into Amsterdam; a disappointing and revelatory trip to Mexico; studio renovations; and the search for Van’s biological father.

Prior to the episodes, Keepaway will perform live. Pitchfork says of their indie-hit “Yellow Wings,” ” it takes clear eyes and a crafty set of musical minds to create a song that’s both this deliciously heady and instantly engaging.”

RIP Gary Coleman

One of my childhood characters I grew up with has passed away. It reminded me of this episode of “Diff’rent Strokes,” about Arnold wanting a bicycle.
(click the image to see the video, for some reason I couldn’t embed this)

Yes, this episode was about a child molester bicycle shop owner, but re-watching it I focused on some of the more bicycle related issues. Such as how bad Arnold wanted a bicycle and how even rich Mr. Drummond didn’t have any place to store a bicycle in his fancy NYC apartment.