This year’s 2010 Cycle Messenger World Championships are being held in Guatemala. September 3-13th.
Here is a little taste of what to expect.
“Bikesplorations” is a free summer program to teach young people about urban planning and design.
Also check out the Velocity Blog for more information and keep up with the program.
hmmm, something for the NYPD to think about.
When cops harass cyclists during Critical Mass, they learn from it, according to this blurb in LAist.
read more here. especially if your with the NYPD.
Will have to wait to find out what happened on NYC’s 2nd participation in the World Naked Bike Ride.
Meanwhile I had a mission to scout out the Bronx for our upcoming book on biking in NYC. I combined this effort with Stone Tone, who’s been organizing messenger style alleycat races here in NYC for a couple of years.
In two weeks, he’ll be throwing: Rumble Thru da Bronx now in it’s seventh year.
First I stopped over at Vanderbilt Ave. to check out their auto free World Cup viewing party. The street will be closed to motor vehicles for the next two Saturdays, which is becoming a tradition throughout the summer known as Summer Streets.
Thanks to the DOT, Vanderbilt has received some bike friendly attention and is excellent option for riding through Brooklyn. It also houses the bike shop: Brooklyn Bike and Board.
More about that from the Brooklyn Paper.
Then I went on to link up with Tone at the Wreck Room, over on Flushing.
We had a few Bloody Mary’s and then headed out to confirm the checkpoints for Rumble. Since most New Yorkers don’t know the Bronx, this race makes everyone an “outta-towner.” It becomes much more about endurance and hopefully following the wheel of someone who’s done their homework. To level out the playing field its has been a tradition to post all the checkpoints on line and to pre-ride the course.
Tone decided to review his checkpoints and invited anyone else to come along for the ride.
we headed over the only path to the Bronx from Astoria, the RFK bridge formerly known as the Triborough.
Then hung out in Pelham bay park after a tiring ride.
See all the photos on facebook.
Here are the Checkpoints according to Tone:
1. st. marys pk(e.146/st.anns)
Here is a list of all the checkpoints on google maps.
The race always ends up at Orchard Beach with a party and amazing food West Indian food by Roz.
You may recognize Taliah Lempert from the biking community or for selling one of her t-shrts at local flea markets and craft fairs. She is the artist who makes amazing paintings of bicycles.
This Weekend is the opening of her show at the Elkzine Gallery.
The Right Bike for the Right Situation
At the Elkzine Gallery,
A press release:
The bicycle is everywhere, the readymade that inspired the readymade. It is a tool, a work of art, a gratifying and enjoyable rolling machine depicted
These paintings lure the viewer into looking at bicycles in a way they never have before, while simultaneously bringing home the crucial importance
Lempert’s thoughts on her favored subject are both straightforward and worth quoting:
“The world opens up. Moving through the neighborhoods, the sites and people on the way. Fast, often faster, than any other way
In Lempert’s paintings the vessel of motion is paradoxically shown at rest, the dormant features of a kinetic machine
Directions: F train to Carroll Street, walk east (towards the Gowanus) on Carroll Street, left on Hoyt, then right on President.
Presented with the cooperation and support of the Tinneny family and Macro-Sea.
Last week I visited my friend Jonathan who was nailed by a car in Fort Greene, back in May.
He under went some lengthy surgery and a skin graft and was able to leave the hospital a couple of weeks ago.
He seemed in pretty good spirits despite having a bunch of metal in his hip and a walking cast covering a broken tibia and fibula.
He was rather embarassed about this and wanted it to be known he is not looking for fund raising, rather a hang out with friends from the bike community and film production world.
I know its hard to believe but it just keeps going:
A press release:
Rolling Orange will open it’s doors on Saturday June 12th at 2 PM, 269 Baltic Street in Brooklyn.
Rolling Orange is going to be more than a bike store; our mission is to introduce Dutch cargo and city bikes as common part of the Brooklyn streetscape (and beyond).
Back in May, the three of us writing the book got a nice tour of Governor’s Island with Elizabeth Rapuano and Ellen Cavanagh of the Governor’s Island Preservation & Education Corporation. The whole idea is that this small land mass shaped like an ice cream cone just off of the southern tip of Manhattan is now becoming a great little summer spot that is practically auto free. The island was once a State park and home to Coast Guard housing. Now its owned by the city and is opened for weekends all summer long with great activities and concerts.
This weekend is the creative and interactive Figment Festival. The whole island is turned one big hands on art installation.
From their site: Figment celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artits and our communities to find new ways to create, share, link, and dream.
On Sunday, June 13th, Time’s up will be heading to Governor’s Island with a pirate theme ride:
It’s the second annual pirate pillage of Figment!
When we board the island, several pirates will perform sea shanties on a reckless rampage that ends in the belly of a whale! Come along if ye dare!
Join us early for building pirate regalia 10:30am.
Facebook event page.
Also Anita of Brooklynbybike.com will also be having a group ride out to the island. From her site:
New ride June 13th, 1pm to Governors Island!
This ride has two meetup locations. Meetup under the Grand Army Plaza Arch at 1pm or at at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge at 1pm.
Governors Island has more than five miles of car free biking and is the home of Figment this weekend. Plus we will be celebrating our #bikenyc buddyâ€™s birthday by playing croquet and eating and drinking to our heartâ€™s content. Join us!
Apparently Mikael Colville-Anderson of the blog Copenhagenize.com will be on the ride.