A Father and Son, Bill and Liam Flanagan are reporting from this year’s Le Tour. There riding the course and reporting back in their own videos:
Follow along on their website: www.fathersontour.com
Follow along on their website: www.fathersontour.com
The new Rapha clothing store and coffee shop hasn’t officially opened to the public.
But Thursday there was a press party to get a sneak peek at the new diggs.
Read the recap here.
The official grand opening is today where you can grab a third rail coffee and watch the prologue of LeTour.
352 Bowery, NYC
On Monday, I reported of another meeting of local residents angry with the newly completed Prospect Park West bike lane.
This lead to the creation of a facebook group against the bike lane which you can check out here. (Although you have to join it to find out what its all about, which means its made up of a lot of pro-bike lane people who want to be part of the debate-maybe a flaw with facebook)
That’s kind of like the woman trying to sue McDonald’s for burning her mouth because the coffee was too hot. Hmmmmm…Common Sense vs finding someone to blame?
Then there was an article in Streetsblog about the lane, by Ben Fried-
As PPW Intrigue Mounts, Brooklyn Paper Defends the Completed Street
With two lanes of traffic instead of three, PPW feels like it’s been reclaimed for the neighborhood. I haven’t biked the new two-way path since it opened, but I’ve walked on each side of the new PPW, and it’s a pleasure. The highway speeds and zooming traffic noise are gone, and the calming effect seems to rub off on everybody.
Ben pointed out last weeks op-ed in the Park Slope Courier against the new lane… Here.
and then the Brooklyn Paper’s response in defense of the new lane… here.
This lead to a pro-bike lane facebook group which can be found here.
This group has some valuable information such as if you’d like to write the people who support the new lane and helped put it in place you can email them:
Community Board 6: Info@brooklyncb6.org
Results of my impromptu poll shows: 143 people voted, 11 said have the lane removed at once, 3 wondered why it couldn’t be a regular bike lane, 5 said they were ok with the lane but cyclist need to be more careful and 124 people loved the lane.
That’s right its Tour Time! That other world famous sporting event about to set off July 3rd, besides that thing that’s been going on where people kick a ball around.
I’ve been doing a bit of searching on twitter, to get a little preview of this three week cycling extravaganza.
First I found a very short podcast with some commentary form Australia’s own Phil Wrochna, from the triathlon cycling blog: firstoffthebike.com.
I know this is kind of a stretch but it was 11 minutes of commentary that made some good predictions and summarized some of what to expect in this years 2010 Tour.
That can be found at backpagelead.com
Of course there are tons of articles and information and this famous American cyclist giving a preview of the tour.
Now some basic information about the race, from the official website: www.letour.fr
-This is the 97th Tour.
Other stage details:
* 1 prologue,
The race kicks off with a prologue in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Friday, July 2nd.
Here is a pretty cool map showing the course:
There will be three stages in the Netherlands including a rather brutal decisive stage 3 in Wanze- Arenberg Porte du Hainaut which will involve 7 cobble stone sectors. This is reminiscent of the famous 1 day cycling event, riddled with difficult roads-the Paris-Roubaix.
Now on to the participants.
Known for his all-around abilities including speed and intense hill climbing, the 27 year old Spaniard may have an easy time in this year’s race.
For some other profiles of popular contenders, check out this article in the NY Times.
Well, the LeTour is never without controversy and this year it may stem not for the modifications done to the human body through DRUGS, but rather what’s done to the bikes. Instead of hiding substances in the body, racers are being accused of hiding motors in their bikes.
Some insight in this article here.
Here is another article in the NY Times identifying some
Now here are some twitter feeds to follow. The Racers:
To search twitter for the tour use: #tdf or #tourdefrance
The official Tour De France tweet: twitter.com/tourfrance
Here is some info I was sent from Bicycling Magazine on how to plug into the tour.
Here is their Top 10 riders to watch.
Article on Lance Armstrong’s greatest tour moments here.
Bicycling.com, Tour De France Podcasts.
Expert Analysis by Bill Strickland here.
Numerous videos can be found here.
Thanks to Paige Landsem, from Bicycling Magazine for sending these links to Tour resources.
Also the cycling map app and website Map My Ride, is having a TDF challenge which you can resister for and follow along with tour riders. Find out more Here.
John Prolly has been all over the stores activity including a press party they held tonight.
Here is a new one.
A couple of riders in Brooklyn want to train for TA’s NYC Century in September. They also love pizza so they started a new blog called: pedalforpizza.com
Thanks to my suggestion…they are headed to Coney Island to Totonno’s for their kickoff ride and they want you to come along.
Thursday, July 1st
Not only was he the second person to follow us back, he also banged out an email expressing his interest so fast it made our heads spin. Totonnos is his favorite pizza place, and his suggestion, so credit goes to him for this one, thanks Mike!
From their â€œaboutâ€ page
â€œStill standing, Totonnoâ€™s is the oldest continuously operating pizzeria in the U.S. run by the same family. â€œ
They now have 3 locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan and have been heralded by the likes of Zagat as â€œThe best pizza in New York, possibly the worldâ€ and â€œOnly God makes better pizzaâ€ and Readers Choice as the â€œBest pizza in Manhattanâ€
Weâ€™ll be meeting in front of Ginoâ€™s at 6:30p with a 6:45p departure time
We expect to return between 8:30p and 9:00p
Wont you join us for this ~14mile ride?
NYCâ€™s bicycle infrastructure, such as creation of bike lanes, seems to happen in a NY minute. Today I blinked and noticed that 2nd Aveâ€™s more traditional class one bike lane has now become a green painted class 2 where the parked cars have been moved into the street. This is in the section of roadway from 14th St. down to Houston St.
There was even a space available but the oblivious driver choose to stay in the bike lane and pay the muni-meter. Not your average double parking job.
Iâ€™m trying to be open minded to the new lanes, but drivers like this are making it difficult.
So I headed back to Brooklyn and saw this email that there was another issue with a bike lane.
Speaking of resistance to change:
@critmasspanic alerted me there was a meeting against the new bike lane on Prospect Park West.
In case you didnâ€™t know, there has been a new bike lane put on Prospect Park West that is two way, and again where the parking has been maintained and moved away from the sidewalk.
The lane has meet with some resistance stemming from Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz who called the DOT commissioner a Zealot even though this lane was approved by the community board. Martyâ€™s big plan was to just have people ride on the sidewalk even though…its illegal.
The new lane which has been in operation for only a couple of weeks has meet with some complaints from local Park Slope residents as observed the Brooklyn Paper who called it a bike lane war.
Perhaps this is growing pains associated with the need to make change in making more infrastructure for alternative means of transportation. Turns out the bike lanes in NYC is not random or zealous at all but rather, part of a bicycle master plan from 1997 which designates a certain millage of bike lanes to be created until they reach their goal by 2030.
They called for another meeting, apparently the third to try and reverse the lane and perhaps have a repeat performance of what happened on Bedford Ave. Similarly, the local residents used their political muscle to have the lane removed since the Jewish community of that area is one large voting block. Well 9 PPW has the resident of Senator Charles Schumer and his wife, former DOT commissioner Iris Weinshall.
I was alerted of this meeting through email and twitter and rumors were flying pretty fast that Schumer might be present.
I headed over to 9 Prospect Park West and wanted to find out how to attend the meeting and let the residents the bike lane was already built, in case there was some confusion. Maybe they suffered from the same ignorance as the car on 2nd Ave. I heard the meeting was at 7:00pm, so I arrived early.
One of the local resident confronted us and wanted to make it clear she thought the bike lane was dangerous. We told her that it actually increased safety. We also tried to point out that it was approved from the community board. She replied…â€Well I wasnâ€™t informed about this and neither was Charles Schummer who lives here.â€ UH, she most not be in the building much to not know about this lane, which reinforced my urgency to be there. It also puzzled me how this bike lane on the other side of the street directly effected her and the other local residents. Iâ€™m sure with her overwhelming concerns of safety, she will be out there a lot in an orange vest, making sure bikers slow down. I have one if sheâ€™d like to borrow it.
So it looks as if Marty is still sore about this lane and is trying to work with the residents of 9 Prospect Park West to get his way. â€¨â€¨If indeed the lane is removed…it will be unprecedented…and a sad lesson that if you have enough powerful rich people living in your building you can reverse much needed bike infrastructure.
Iâ€™d be very curious to know what people think of the new bike lane on Prospect Park West. Please take a few seconds to answer this simple poll.
Also feel free to leave lots of comments on what you think about this in the section below.
J. David Goodman has written an excelent article on efforts being done to battle bike theft, including a LoJack style radio transmitter system created by, Baitbike.com
Efforts on Bicycling Also Attract Thieves
It has become a kind of mantra for cities looking to encourage cycling through a widening network of bicycle lanes: Build them, and the riders will come.
In San Francisco, the police are working with advocates to develop a series of stings this summer using hidden transmitters mounted on bikes. â€œItâ€™s a lot like the drug war,â€ said Marc Caswell of the San Francisco Bike Coalition, an advocacy group. â€œWe need to get the higher-ups.â€
Read the article in the NY Times here.
Quick note: Congratulations to the winners of this years RUMBLE THRU DA BRONX 7:
Crihs wins tickets to this year’s Cycle Messenger World Championships in Guatemala
and for the Ladies:
1. Jenessa-Congratulations, you’re going to Guatemala…see all that pre-course riding paid off.
and the outta-towners:
1. Kai (Berlin)
This weekend is gay pride. Ride Brooklyn, the bike shop on Bergen St. (468 Bergen St) is celebrating.
Kick Off NYC Pride Weekend With Your Favorite Bike & Board Shop, Ride Brooklyn
Ride Brooklyn is hosting its first annual Gay Pride Celebration. LGBTQ and Straight Allies are invited to come to Ride Brooklyn on Friday, June 25th, 8-9:30pm for a sale, music, bikes and beer. Kick off your Pride weekend with (P)Ride Brooklyn.
* 7:30-8:00 pm – Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic
Also Dykes on Bike Cycles will be heading to the parade in style…
The time has come kiddies. NYC Pride is here!!!
Meet Up Time: 11 A.M
Moments of Silence: 1 p.m and 3 p.m
We suggest you bring:
Our marshals, Candice and Jill, will have the bathroom passes so you can leave the parade and re-enter. If you donâ€™t have the passes you run the risk of the cops not letting you back in. See them first.
This yearâ€™s pride theme is Liberty and Justice For All. Even though the parade is a lot of fun letâ€™s remember how these parades started 41 years ago. Weâ€™re also here to send a message about our community and the things important to us. We encourage you to make signs that reflect that. They can be queer. They can be environmental. They can be both!
Friday, June 25th..
The NY Bike Jumble exhibit called: “Strong Backs, Weak Minds. The Story of the Coney Island Velodrome,” is coming to an end. To celebrate, there is going to be a ride out to the former site of the track…Coney.
Here is more details:
Please join us for a mellow bicycle ride from the Old Stone House to the former site of the Coney Island Velodrome. and then for a reception back at the Old Stone House.
Riders will meet at 1PM, in front of the Old Stone House in JJ Byrne/Washington Park and will return at 4pm. The ride will go along as many Brooklyn Greenways as possible, as a tribute to Brooklyn Greenway, a sponsor of the exhibit. A reception will be held from 4pm to 6pm at which visitor can see the exhibit as well as nibble on the refreshments that will be served.
The Coney Island Velodrome was opened on July 19th 1930, as the world slipped towards Depression and War. Already, the popularity of cycling, having peaked in the early 1920â€™s, was waning and the construction of a 10,000 seat bicycle racing arena was an act of supreme optimism. Regardless, the track soldiered on as the last velodrome in America to offer the thrills and chills of motor paced racing, where the riders would race behind motorcycles to attain speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour.
The exhibit features actual bikes that were raced on the track, as well as photos, programs, tickets and other ephemera, including a special â€˜Stayerâ€™ bike for motor paced racing as well as New York built track bikes from long forgotten builders such as Alvin Drysdale.
Sunday June 27, 2010
Old Stone House
Please visit nybikejumble.com for more info.