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Tons of events this weekend

It’s National Bike Month. Here in NYC there are so many things to do this weekend.

Friday, May 14th:

Time’s Up- Green Apple Ride

6:00 pm
Temperance Monument, Tompkins Sq. Park.

also
Brooklyn Critical Mass

Then
Saturday, May 15th:
9:00am, Green Markets Tour. Check the Bike Month Calender for more details.
Meet at Union Square (17th and Broadway) in Manhattan

Austin Horse has asked me to promote this event, a ride to a Red Bull’s game:

from Austin-
Tickets are discounted to $15. We will need to collect this at the start of the ride. Please remember to bring cash for all the members of your party.

The Details:
4:00pm – Meet at Zen Cycles, 134 West 24th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
$15 cash only at the ride start

4:30pm – The longer ride will be 32 miles long and will leave from Zen Cycles first.
Long route. (involving the GW Bridge)

5:00pm – The shorter ride will be 16 miles long. Please note there is an additional cost for the ferry ride of $7 per ticket.
Short route (involving a ferry–This event is in New Jersey)

For both rides we recommend you wear shoes you will be comfortable riding and walking in and ride a bike you are able to carry down stairs.

Thank you!

Please RSVP Austin at redbullarenaride@gmail.com

Sponsored by: Zen Bikes and Time’s Up.

Also on Saturday, Time’s Up is sponsoring 2 more great free rides:

HoeDown Dance Party for the Community Gardens!

Garden Ride / Procession / Dance to Save the Community Gardens
What: A festive celebration of Spring / dance party to celebrate and defend New York’s beloved and once again endangered community gardens
When: Saturday, May 15th, 2010, 2:00 PM
Start: 2:00 PM, Center of Tompkins Square Park
End: After party at Dias y Flores Community Garden Lower East Side. 522 E. 13th St, between Avenues A & B Subway: L Train to 1st Avenue, from 4-6 PM.

Why: Because the 2002 deal to save the gardens is coming to an end and the city is dragging its feet. Ten years ago, we fought, screamed, dressed like tomatoes and sunflowers and fought for the community gardens. Today, these gardens are once again under threat of development.

So, this year year we’re asking you to come dressed like your favorite garden vegetable, bring some noise, defend, and celebrate the monumental achievement of the community gardens.

More info: benshepard@mindspring.com

and…

Johnny Coast and Seth Rosko are frame builders making bikes from scratch right here in Brooklyn. They are having an open house of their shop in Bushwick and Time’s Up is sponsoring a ride as well.

Details from Facebook.

Come see how custom bicycles are built with NYC framebuilders Johnny Coast & Seth Rosko. Johnny and Seth are opening their shop to the public and will be demonstrating brazing and welding techniques as well as discussing frame design. Finished bikes and works in progress will be available to view.

Enjoy some BBQ and Beer as well as music provided by DJs Dirty Finger, Porkchop & James Stacher.

Times-Up! will be leading a group ride from Manhattan & Williamsburg to the shop. First group will leave from Tompkins Square Park at 12:30 PM. Brooklyn riders will be met at Washington Plaza (the park on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge), leaving at 1 PM.

Visit www.johnnycoast.com & www.slrosko.com for more info as well as photo galleries of their work.

Afterparty to follow at Tandem Bar, 236 Troutman Street.

Sunday, May 16th

It’s the 5BBC’s Montauk Century

and the Brooklyn Bike Jumble.

from one of the organizers, Frank Lentini:

WHAT: Families and bike enthusiasts will gather at The Old Stone House at Washington Park for Brooklyn’s only annual cycling-focused flea market. Local bike vendors will be on hand to sell bicycles, accessories and provide cycling tips to jump start the summer cycling season. Known for making cycling accessible to all New Yorkers, bikes at the Jumble will be available from $50 – $200 dollars.

Along with purchasing bikes ranging from racers to cruisers, cyclists can have their pictures taken with their favorite rides, view the new exhibit “Strong Back, Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome”, obtain free bike repairs from Times Up and learn more about safe cycling in New York from The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

WHEN: 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday, May 16, 2010

WHERE:
The Old Stone House at Washington Park
336 3rd Street (bet. 4th and 5th Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHY: As the summer heats up in New York, it’s time to tune up your bike or pick up a new one and enjoy all the cycling activities the city has to offer. Whether you’re a parent looking for their child’s first bike or a cycling enthusiast on a budget, local professionals will be on hand at the second annual Brooklyn Bike Jumble to help with purchasing a new bike, picking up some new clothes and finding that part or accessory to get your bike back in shape.

The Brooklyn Bike Jumble has brought together New York’s premier cycling vendors at The Old Stone House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. On hand will be vintage Schwinns, kid’s bikes, cruisers, BMX, mountain bikes and fixed gears, both new and recycled. Bike artist Taliah Lempert will exhibit her paintings and new line of bike-themed children’s clothes. And The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will be available to help plan your next bike outing. In conjunction with Bike Month, The Old Stone House is hosting a new exhibition showcasing cycling’s history in Brooklyn.

WHO:
The Old Stone House
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Bike vendors including: Recycle-a-Bicycle, Outlier, Coast, Mr. C’s Cycles and Times Up
Artist Taliah Lampert
Photographer Keiko Niwa
Hundreds of area families and cyclists

Tables for private vendors are still available. For more information go to nybikejumble.com/vendor
To see photos of past events, please visit: www.nybikejumble.com/photos

About the New York Bike Jumble
The NY Bike Jumble, New York’s first and only outdoor bicycle flea market, exists to provide a safe, inviting place where the cycling community can connect with local neighborhoods to educate and invite more New Yorkers onto bike paths. From buying new and recycled bike parts from former racers and knowledgeable dealers, to learning cycling information from non-profit organizations, the NY Bike Jumble provides a one-stop destination for both novices and hardcore enthusiasts.

To more learn more about NY Bike Jumble, visit www.nybikejumble.com.

To speak with Harry Schwartzman, NY Bike Jumble founder and curator of “Strong Back, Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome”, please contact Frank Lentini at 917.699.5450/ frankleniti@gmail.com

Friend of mine got hit by a car…

I got back to town with some bad news.

A really good friend of mine, Jonathan Beck was hit by a car in Brooklyn Monday night (5/3/10) while riding home from work on his bike.

I don’t know how many blog readers knew Jonathan but he loved bikes and is a super warm and friendly person.

To say he’s is really into bikes is a understatement. He’s been an active member of bike community and was a big part of Freewheels, (www.bicycledefensefund.org) a coalition of cyclists who raised money to help with legal defense of cyclists being harassed by the NYPD at things like critical mass. He recently took a train cross country and rode around the West Coast and went all the way to Copenhagen just to buy his beloved Bullitt Cargo bike. We’re talking obsession.

(photo by: Keiko Niwa)

He constantly commuted to work by bike and being a camera assistant in film and tv, he always had random hours and different locations throughout the city.

Monday night, the impact from the car broke his fibia and tibia bones in his leg as well as his hip in three places. Luckily he had no major injuries above the waist and he never hit his head.

After a number of surgeries, Jonathan is recovering at New York Presbyterian on the Upper East Side. He will probably have to be in the hospital for another couple of weeks.

He’s in good spirits and we are all hoping for a fast and healthy recovery.

He could really use some cheering up so please leave comments here for him to check in with.

Jonathan, so sorry this happened to you. I guess we all know the risks of riding a bike in NYC, but your positive energy and spirit is an inspiration.

Get well soon my friend and lets get you back on the bike soon!

I’m on vacation

So I’m taking a long awaited family vacation to some place that looks like this:

So enjoy your start of bike month NYC, and I’ll be back sometime around May 8th.

TA has a new look, just in time for bike month

Transportation Alternatives has a new look for their website.

Just in time, because Bike Month is just around the corner…starting Saturday May 1st.

Check out the events page for all that is going on for the month of May.

Some highlights include:

Bikenewyork’s TD Bank Five Boro bike tour-May 2nd.

The opening of the Bespoke hand built bicycle show at the Museum of Arts and Design -May 11th

Time’s Up Coast to Coast ride with frame builders Johnny Coast and Seth Rosco-May 15th

The NY Bike Jumble swap meet-May 16th

The 7th annual Bicycle Fetish Day,-May 22nd

Help Chombo’s Grill

An outstanding member of our NYC bike community, bike polo super star and events organizer, Chombo:

(photo by: Fred Askew Photography)

Was in a bad accident and lost some teeth.
Please help if you can.

Find out more here.

Bike Law, Q & A.

From being ticketed after you’ve been doored by a car to having your bike stolen on Houston Street because Obama’s in town…you may be having some questions about your legal rights as a cyclist.

Megan Olendorf, alerted me that there will be an online forum to discuss bike laws.

Wednesday, April 28 at 11AM PT / 2PM ET, Avvo (www.avvo.com) is hosting a free Q&A session with a lawyer who can address everything related to Bike Law.

Here is the link to sign up: nakedlaw.avvo.com/law-101

Essentially, people can call in from a telephone or join in over their computer. If they have a legal question but can’t make it next week, they can also send in their question ahead of time. We’ll be sure to ask it and then send the recorded answer after the session.

We think it’s a great opportunity for bikers facing a legal issue to get some free help, or more importantly, raise awareness to prevent legal issues in the future.”

Where are the Pyramids? a new fixed gear movie

David Auner is a film maker who shot a documentary in Cairo about 5 fixed gear riders on a quest in the Middle East.

Check out their action trailer:

More info visit: wherearethepyramids.com

or on Facebook.com

Cops will return stolen bikes, one owner wants to sue


Gothamist has been all over this story about how the NYPD stole all the bikes on Houston Street because they thought their might be used as bombs. It is a police precedence to remove bikes along the route of a presidential motorcade…its just the way they went about it, showing a continued lack of respect for the New Yorkers and their property.

One owner is not to happy that his $150.00 lock was cut and is $900.00 bike was damaged. He is intending to sue the city.

Read more here.

Boston, making strides in bike safety

Boston is know for being a hostile environment for cyclists but things are starting to look up with a bike friendly Mayor, Thomas M. Menino and a new city program for biking, Boston Bikes Program.

read more in this article:

Bike safety efforts pick up pace in city
By Eric Moskowitz

No one would mistake Transportation Secretary Jeffrey B. Mullan for a fixed-gear hipster, spandex-clad racer, socks-over-pants commuter, or other full-time denizen of the cycling world. He rides infrequently enough that the facilities staff at the State Transportation Building recently confiscated his 1980s model Peugeot from the building’s bike room, thinking the bicycle had been abandoned.

But on Wednesday, there was Mullan on his reclaimed bike, pedaling through the streets of Boston in a rush-hour sign of solidarity with the bicycling community, en route to the inaugural Bicycling Safety Summit convened by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The summit represented a high-water mark in the continued effort by local cyclists to gain the ear of officials and promote a cultural shift toward equal status for bicycles on the roads — a tall order in a city consistently ranked among the most hostile to bicyclists. Still, they have an ally in Menino, who three years ago launched the Boston Bikes program with the goal of making the city a cycling haven.

Read more here.

Documentary about couriers

Kenton Hoppas is a film maker trying to raise funds for a documentary about what it’s like to be a bicycle courier. He is following Squid in NYC and James Addison in Portland.

He is using the website Kickstarter.com where you can find out more about his project and perhaps donate to the cause.