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Learn about battling bike theft

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
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
Published: June 25, 2010

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.
And, it turns out, the same might be said of bicycle thieves. As cyclists from New York to San Francisco take advantage of new commuting infrastructure, thieves appear to be taking a growing interest in two-wheeled travel as well, riders and advocates report. The response by some cities and local law enforcement agencies has been a kind of high-tech cat-and-mouse game, one involving bait bikes and radio trackers as well as social media Web sites.

In San Francisco, the police are working with advocates to develop a series of stings this summer using hidden transmitters mounted on bikes. “It’s a lot like the drug war,” said Marc Caswell of the San Francisco Bike Coalition, an advocacy group. “We need to get the higher-ups.”

Read the article in the NY Times here.

Winners of Rumble thru da Bronx 7

Quick note: Congratulations to the winners of this years RUMBLE THRU DA BRONX 7:
(Crihs on the right)
(posted by CK on fixed.gr forum)
Overall Top Ten:
1. Crihs
2. Austin
3. JT
4. Kai (1st out of town and 1st fixed)
5. Trimble
6. Eli
7. Jun
8. Izumi
9. Prentiss
10. Taka

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.
2. Megan (Boston)
3. Julie (b

and the outta-towners:

1. Kai (Berlin)
2. Rory (Boston)
3. Mr Nice (LA)

(P)ride Brooklyn

This weekend is gay pride. Ride Brooklyn, the bike shop on Bergen St. (468 Bergen St) is celebrating.
Starting Friday:

Kick Off NYC Pride Weekend With Your Favorite Bike & Board Shop, Ride Brooklyn
Pride 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.
Here is a rough schedule:

* 7:30-8:00 pm – Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic
* 8:00-9:30 – Pride Sale (10% off all merchandise and 5% discount on all bikes)
* 8:30 – Raffle of two items from Babeland
* 9:30-10:00 – Informal and optional bike ride in Park Slope
* 10:00-?? – (P)Ride Brooklyn Happy Hour at Pacific Standard

Also Dykes on Bike Cycles will be heading to the parade in style…

The time has come kiddies. NYC Pride is here!!!


Join the DOB-C on Sunday, June 27th, for the biggest pride parade of the season.
This year we are in Section 1!

Meet Up Time: 11 A.M
Meet Up Location: 40th street between Madison Ave and 5th Ave.
Look for all the bicycles!

Grand Marshals:

Dan Choi
Judy Shepard
Constance Mc Millen

Moments of Silence: 1 p.m and 3 p.m

We suggest you bring:

* Sunscreen
* Comfy Shoes
* Water

Our marshals, Candice and Jill, will have the bathroom passes so you can leave the parade and re-enter. If you don’t have the passes you run the risk of the cops not letting you back in. See them first.

March Route

This year’s pride theme is Liberty and Justice For All. Even though the parade is a lot of fun let’s remember how these parades started 41 years ago. We’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!
RSVP to dykesonbikecycles@gmail.com or at the facebook invite.

And

Friday, June 25th..
From Mellow Yellow of criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com
MANHATTAN “CRITICAL MASS” + DRAG MARCH?!? (aka Revenge of WNBR NYC!) 7pm Union Square North Everyone keeps asking for more naked riding, but we will have to settle for the fact that this month CM coincides with another “un-permitted parade”: The annual NYC Drag March! I will be scantily/sparkly/gender-
bendingly clad myself, and you all should join in the fun! Come early for BODY PAINTING ~5:30pm, as our pro from WNBR can’t get enough either! Police presence will be heavy, so bring lights and bells…our preemptive strike of fabulous skin, wild wigs and sequined-outfits will undo NYPD’s bad motorized mojo.
Followed by…
DRAG DANCE RIDE
10pm Sheridan Square at 7th and Christopher Street
From XsUp web site: “Because forty-one years ago, we learned that nothing says resistance like a street full of queens in six-inch heels. Tonight well have hundreds of them. Plus a sound bike! A festive celebration of bikes, colors, streets and New York’s unique culture of resistance. Drag is what you make it.”

NY Bike Jumble Ride-Sunday

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 1920’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 ‘Stayer’ 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
Ride: 1 -4 PM
Reception 4 -6PM

Old Stone House
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-3195

Please visit nybikejumble.com for more info.

Krillz for G-shock

Here is some insight into riding in NYC:

Also, if you want to get sponsorship for a particular product…get out there and shoot it, as Krillz did for Casio’s G-shock.

Rapha store is coming to NYC


Don’t worry, another reckless vehicle hasn’t smashed into a store in NYC trying to speed through an intersection while txting on the phone. This is a sneak peak photo of a new store opening in NYC.

Rapha, are makers of stylishly designed cycling clothing. They also have a team and have been documenting road racing across the US, especially in following along the Tour of California. Making really stylish looking videos like this:

Rapha Rides TOC – Episode 1 from RAPHA on Vimeo.

They are now opening a new pop-up store, called the Rapha Cycling Club, located at 352 Bowery. More than just a store, this will be a place where Road clubs can gather and meet, sip a cup of coffee while watching live pro-cycling events like Le Tour.

Their grand opening is July 3rd and they will be having live coverage from the Tour De France.

Here is more:
* Live daily screenings of the Tour de France.
* Serving the best coffee in town courtesy of Third Rail Coffee.
* Showing the unique Tourmalet Exhibition, celebrating 100 years since the mountain’s first inclusion in the Tour.

Email: nyc.cc@rapha.cc
Twitter: twitter.com/raphanyc
and the site:
www.rapha.cc/nyc

Welcome to the neighborhood

Documentary about the ghostbikes

Since it recently came up with the threat of sanitation removing them, it reminded me that film maker Meaghan Wilbur is making a piece about the ghost bikes.

Here is more info from her Kickstarter page:

“meaghan, why are you making this film?
posted on June 1

I’ve been answering this question a lot over the past year. At first, I had trouble articulating all the reasons. There are a lot of good reasons. The big one that I kept blurting out instinctively was “Because people should know that this is happening.” I started this film project partly as a response to repeatedly being asked, “What is a ghost bike? Why bother to do this?”

After a year of talking to many people about their ghost bike experiences, I’ve learned a lot about cycling issues in different cities in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Talking about ghost bikes opens up conversations about all sorts of advocacy issues. You can’t talk about a cyclist’s death without describing the circumstances that contributed to it, and very often these deaths could have been prevented. I’m not referring to assigning blame to drivers or cyclists, I’m talking about redesigning streets and attitudes to enable everyone to have safe passage on the road.”

The Kickstarter page.

The website for the film: Ghostbikefilms.com
Follow on twitter.com
The flickr page: here.
An interview from Bikeportland.org

Also in other ghost bike related news:

I caught this video from miamibikescene.blogspot.com about a ghost bike being made for the hit and run killing of < a href="http://miamibikescene.blogspot.com/2010/01/key-biscayne-memorial-ride.html"> Christophe Le Canne, which heavily impacted the local Miami cycling community.

The Journey is the Thing from Tony Blazejack on Vimeo.

Tomorrow, Bespoke talk at Museum of Arts and Design

Tomorrow is another installment of the Museum’s ongoing series of talks on the Bespoke Bicycle. A couple of weeks ago it was the future of the bicycle, from a city development point of view. This time around its about the bicycle as the object and the handbuilt movement. Here is more about the event tomorrow:

The Future of Bikes: Bikes as Object
Thursday, June 24th at 7:00 PM
Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

As part of the Future of Bikes series, this panel discussion brings together designers of hand-built, mass-produced and alternative material bicycles to discuss the varieties of process and practices found in contemporary bike design. Presentations will be given by Johnny Coast (Coast Cycles), Marty Odlin (Bamboo Bike Studio), Peter Reich (Swift Folding Bikes), and Steve Baumann (Industrial Design Director of Trek Bicycles). A group discussion will follow with moderator Dave Perry, owner of Bike Works on Ridge St, NYC, and author of Bike Cult.

Space is limited, reservations suggested: groups@madmuseum.org

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle (between 8th and Broadway)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 299-7777

Come early if you haven’t seen the Bespoke art exhibit showing off a bunch of handbuilt bicycles. The museum closes at 9:00, so you won’t get too much time to see it if you are coming for the panel, which usually ends around 8:45pm.

Also, check your bags. Big packs and bags are not allowed in the exhibit floor.

Follow up on possible Ghost bike removal

The city heard the outcries of families of loved ones killed by motor vehicles and decided not to remove the ghost bike memorials.

NY Daily News story:
City nixes plan to remove ‘ghost bike’ tributes after outcry from families of dead cyclists
BY Frank Lombardi and Katie Nelson
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Monday, June 21st 2010, 6:54 PM

City hall has nixed a plan to yank the poignant “Ghost Bike” tributes after an outcry from the families of the dead cyclists they memorialized.

Painted white and chained to signposts and fences near where New Yorkers were run down, the bikes were to be removed come September under a Sanitation Department plan revealed exclusively Monday in The News.

“A memorial bicycle (ghost rider) will only be removed … if the memorial bicycle meets the derelict bicycle criteria,” the department said in a statement Monday. That means if the memorial bike is in bad shape – missing tires, handlebars, or pedals – it still may be clipped from its post.

The original removal plan was to give a 30-day notice and then, no matter what, trash the bikes that were put up by the Street Memorial Project, a community group. The city’s sudden change of heart was welcome news to the families of the dead cyclists.

Read the entire article here.

Jewish Museum special for cyclists

Still one week left.
Another thing I should have posted earlier. I was contacted by the Jewish Museum and alerted of this special offer they are having for cyclists in support of everyone’s favorite monkey on a bike: Curious George.

Here is a press release with the details:

Hello, I’m Rebecca Wallis, the public relations intern at The Jewish Museum. This month, we have a special promotion for bicyclists in support of our special exhibition Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey. In June of 1940, Curious George creators Margret and H. A. Rey escaped Nazi-occupied France by bicycle. To commemorate this journey, The Jewish Museum is offering $2 off of admission to anyone who rides a bicycle to the museum this month. We believe your readers would be interested in this promotion.

Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey is on view through August 1st, and features nearly 80 original drawings for Margret and H. A. Rey’s children’s books and documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe. Both creators were born in Hamburg, Germany, to Jewish families and lived together in Paris from 1936 to 1940. Hours before the Nazis marched into the city in June 1940, the Reys fled on bicycles carrying drawings for their children’s stories including one about the famous and lovable monkey.

I hope that you will consider coming to view the exhibition. For more information about the exhibition please visit www.thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/curiousgeorge.