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Saturday, June 12th-WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE

New York City is joining in the madness.
Find out more at:
World Naked Bike Ride-Wiki NYC

follow along on twitter, search hashtag #WNBRNYC
June 12th, 2010 as part of World Naked Bike Ride
* Time – Assembly 5pm, ride out between 6:30-7pm

* Location – Grand Ferry Park between Grand Street, West River Street, and the East River Williamsburg Brooklyn. The final route will be communicated to riders who show up only.

I mean if this doesn’t get you to go, nothing will.

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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