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Sanitation thinks ghostbikes are eyesore

Quick, someone start a Facebook page called: “open letter to NYC sanitation: ghostbikes are NOT eyesores.”

Article in NY Daily News:


Sanitation Department wants to remove ‘eyesore’ bike-death memorials

BY ADAM LISBERG, EDGAR SANDOVAL AND KATHLEEN LUCADAMO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Monday, June 21st 2010, 4:00 AM

The city says it’s time to give up the ghost.
Ghost bikes, painted white and chained to street signs, light posts and fences as tributes to New Yorkers killed by cars, could soon be cut from their hallowed spots under a new city plan.

Read the complete article here.

Seriously, this is part of the continued lack of respect for cycling in NYC.

The city should encourage this memorial and not treat it like eyesores. It’s the least it can do for these people and there families in the absense of any investigation into these deaths or making substantial policy change. Why not work with the bicycling community and at least put in memorial bike racks. Something. Same thing with abandoned bikes. The city refuses to enforce on bike theft, then takes a hard line when bikes get stripped and calls it eyesores. What really needs to happen is cyclists need to become more organized as a voting block and tell politicians how we really want this city. Let’s form a cyclist party.

Coney Island Ride

Sunday June 27, 2010

Ride: 1 -4 PM

Reception 4 -6PM

Closing commemorative bicycle ride and reception for ‘Strong Backs, Weak Minds, the saga of the Coney Island Velodrome’

NY Bike Jumble and the Old Stone House announce the closing reception of the ‘Strong Backs, Weak Minds’ exhibition, preceded by a mellow bicycle ride from the Old Stone House to the former site of the Coney Island Velodrome.

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.This will be the last chance to see the exhibit before it goes online.

The New York Bike Jumble is an organization that promotes cycling in New York through the hosting of bicycle flea markets and through celebrating the long history of cycling in this city. Please visit www.nybikejumble.com for more info.

Hell Hath no Fury Alleycat

Heather Loop is throwing an alleycat for the ladies. An all girls race leaving from the Bicycle Film Festival Anthology Film Archives. 2nd Ave and 2nd St. NYC. Sunday, June 20th.

3pm registration
4pm it’s on!

There will be a BBQ and goldsprints afterwards at the East River Bar.

66th South 6th Street Williamsburg Brooklyn. 8:00pm
Indoor racing open to men and women.

Sunday-37th annual skyscrapper classic

Just a reminder, Sunday is Father’s day and there is a classic road racing event in Harlem.

Here is a press release I was sent:

Rockstar Games, the venerable publisher of the Grand Theft Auto series and Red Dead Redemption, is proud to present the 37th annual Harlem Cycling Classic. Founded by the late David Walker, an NYPD Community Affairs Officer, the event celebrates health, fitness, and the vibrant Harlem neighborhood. The day begins with races for amateurs and professionals alike, as well live performances by DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba! and hip-hop icons Biz Markie and Mister Cee. Adding to the atmosphere will be New York City’s celebrated Wafels & Dinges and Frites & Meats food trucks for all in attendance and Jumbotron screens highlighting the day’s events.

The event will take place this Sunday, June 20 at Marcus Garvey Park, located at 121st Street and Fifth Avenue. Festivities begin at noon and will last until 6:00pm

Warriors screening Saturday

Yesterday was the second day of festivities for this year’s bicycle film festival which also happens to be the 10 year anniversary of bike movie
mayhem. Thursday was the opening of the joy ride art show which is becoming a festival tradition. Artists from around the world show off paintings, photographs and sculpture all pertaining to…you guessed it, the bicycle. The show is at the Dash Gallery, 172 Duane St. in lower Manhattan. Last night the < a href="http://www.poleriders.blogspot.com"> PoleRiders showed up with their now famous pole dancing trike to the gleeful joy of the gallery partipants. Although an art installation of it’s own, the trike couldn’t fit in the gallery so the party ended up in the streets. This of course quickly brought the NYPD who never want to miss a party having anything to do with bikes. They claim they were responding to complaints of neighbors angry with excessive noise. The police responded by blasting some sort
of new sound canon which of course is…even worse excessive noise.

pictures and a report back from Animal
magazine here.

Tonight there are lots of bike movies at the festival including: “the Birth of Big air.” about bmx legend Matt Hoffman. The festival runs through Sunday and all screenings are in Manhattan at the Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd ave. between 2nd and 1st Ave.)

Tomorrow there is a ton going on:

There is the BFF block party, out front of the anthology, 12-7pm. Another BFF tradition. A whole days worth of tricks events, vendors and a gathering of NYC bike culture. Think of it as a bicycle block party.

At 4:00pm there will be a screening of “the best of BFF.” I am proud to have a documentary I helped to make called: “Warriors, the bike ride.” Back in 2002 the messenger community decided they wanted an event that all city riders could be a part of. Something that would really symbolize NYC, especially post 911. The answer was a ride based on the cult classic the warriors. 800 people participated in this all night event that followed the path of the movie warriors from the Bronx to Coney Island. Along with bike punk legend and film maker Chris Ryan (Team Spider) and award winning film maker Jesse Epstein, we compiled hundred hours of tape to show off this amazing time. There will also be a screening of another classic. Andrew Lynn and Elizabeth Press’s “Still We Ride” about the crackdown on critical mass following the Republican National Convention in 2004. There will be a bike ride to this 4:00pm screening hosted by Chris Ryan and Time’s Up. Here are details:

Title: Still We Ride Ride
Date: Saturday, June 19th, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 99 S 6th St, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Summary: Has it really been 5 (!) years since the STILL WE RIDE premier at the Bike Film Fest? Why yes it has, and now SWR is headlining Bicycle Film Festival’s greatest hits as the BFF celebrates its 10 (!!) year anniversary… feeling old yet?
Details: Well work off those years with a Times-up! Still We Ride RIDE, starting at the X-up Brooklyn Space, the ride will be led by SWR co-director Chris Ryan as he takes you on an exploratory tour of key locations, arrest points, and detention centers, while not forgetting to highlight the strengthening of bicycling community and video collectives, who are now so strong, organized and efficient, that they may secretly owe a debt of gratitude to the NYPD and their relentless persecution.
Tentative schedule:

1:30 PM – Meet in front of the XUP space at 99 South 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

1:45 PM – Ride over WillyB Bridge…

2:00 PM – Pick up riders on Manhattan side WillyB Bridge (then see the Manhattan Sights)

3:15 PM – Pick up Tompkins Square Riders (then see East Village sights)

3:40 PM – Lock up at the BFF Street Party @ Anthology Film Archives…

4:00 PM – See the movie… recommended to get tix in advance (SWRR riders will get a special SWR Gift)

more info about this film: stillweridethemovie.com

Don’t forget about the Alleycat too, hosted by Stone Tone. It ends at the BFF.

Meet at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn.
12pm registration, 1pm race. $10.00

Bicycle Film Festival NYC-kickoff Party

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

BIKES ROCK
SANTOS PARTY HOUSE
96 Lafayette St.
8:00 – 4:00
Free with BFF Password: BIKES ROCK
21+
8:00 Doors
DJ C.lo
9:00 Frances Rose
10:00 NINJASONIK
Complimentary Brooklyn Brewery Beer from 8:00 – 9:00
Brooklyn Brewery specials all night

bicyclefilmfestival.com

Pro-Racing comes to Harlem, June 20th-Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, Pro cycling comes to Harlem for the 37th Annual Skyscrapper Classic.

Here is a press release:
Get out of the house of Father’s Day! Join other families and bike enthusiasts for a day of racing, games, prizes, music and food at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, presented by Rockstar Games.

In addition to the thrilling races, families can enjoy live performances by DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba! and hip-hop icons Biz Markie, Mister Cee, amongst other performers.

The annual bike race brings together amateurs and Olympians alike in a day of family entertainment and high-end cycling. World-class cyclists scheduled to compete include Olympic Champion Walter Perez of Argentina and four-time World Champion Franco Marvulli as they race for the $15,000 first prize on the 0.75 mile, perfect square racecourse. In addition, families can register to participate in the children and community races.

(photo by David August Trimble, from last year’s race.)

The late David Walker, an NYPD Community Affairs Officer, founded the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic with the purpose of inspiring children to ride bicycles for exercise; to introduce them to a healthy lifestyle; to provide a productive outlet to harness their energy; and to teach safety, responsibility, and sportsmanship. The present-day event pays homage to the classic American bike races of the Roaring Twenties that were rich with speed, money, and glamour.

Cyclists can register in advance to compete at bikereg.com Race day registration will be available onsite.

Rockstar Games Presents 37th Annual Harlem Cycling Classic. June 20 in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park.
For further information, please visit: skyscraper-harlembikerace.com

GranFondo, Italian cycling comes to NYC-2011

Here is a press release about an event next year bringing the fine traditions of Italian cycling to NYC.
6,000 people riding in a group? Uh-oh…the NYPD isn’t going to like that.


Gran Fondo New York brings Italian cycling culture to the world’s greatest city. The inaugural Gran Fondo New York is set to take place on May 8, 2011. The 105-mile professionally managed event will feature the excitement of starting in New York City, a timed climb to the top of Bear Mountain, beautiful scenery, charming towns and the camaraderie of group cycling.

Gran Fondo is a popular cycling event stemming from Italy. With a peloton of 500 to 10,000 participants, a Gran Fondo covers at least 100 miles and goes over challenging terrain. In France and the UK such events are known as cyclosportives.

The Gran Fondo New York course will take the 6,000 cyclists from New York City to New Jersey across the iconic George Washington Bridge with stunning views of Manhattan. Riders will follow the Hudson River upstream on Route 9W and nearby rural roads and after 50 miles, arrive at Harriman State Park. There, the five-mile climb up to the top of Bear Mountain will be chip-timed. Riders can measure themselves against New York’s finest cyclists, teammates and friends. After descending, the course will wind its way back to the city. Along the way, cyclists will enjoy well-stocked rest stops with New York-style bagels, pretzels and doughnuts, energy gels, water, soda and electrolyte drinks. Throughout the day, medical and mechanical support will circle the course for anyone in need of assistance.

The undulating terrain of the course will challenge participants’ strength and stamina. The event is a great opportunity for competitive as well as recreational cyclists, with each participant choosing their own speed at which to complete the event. While the climb to Bear Mountain is the featured timed section, there are other challenging climbs en route that will also be timed.

After the race, prizes will be awarded across age groups, teams and Lui+Lei (him&her) categories. Among the meal options will be New York-style pizza and hot dogs, pasta and cake. Throughout the awards ceremony, raffle prizes will be distributed. Included in the entry fee will also be a professionally designed cycling jersey and various gifts from the sponsors of the event.

“Our goal is to bring quintessential Italian cycling culture to the world’s greatest city. The combination of ‘Italianita’ and NYC will make Gran Fondo New York an event not to be missed,” says Lidia Rekas the event’s organizer.

Mark your calendars, registration opens on August 1, 2010.

For more information please email info@granfondony.com, call +1 212 933 4033 or check grandfondony.com

Mill Pond Park, water access badly needed.

Harry Bubbins has been an activist and organizer in the South Bronx for years. Through the organization Friends of Brook Park he has helped establish community gardens, organized environmental tours and help bring to light local struggles of the South Bronx area.

The latest mission has been to provide water access to Mill Pond Park. Here is a recent blog entry and video:

A bucolic canoe trip along the serene shores of a recently built park on the Harlem River in the South Bronx of New York City. With interview of local residents who support advocacy efforts to make the waterway accessible to all.

Mill Pond Park Along Harlem River-

As Part Of Yankee Stadium Replacement Parks Project, New 10-Acre Waterfront Park Opens with no official waterfront access.

Mill Pond Park, a new 10-acre waterfront park created along the Harlem River does not currently allow human power boating access. Help us make canoeing possible in the safe protected coves.

As part of the Yankee Stadium Replacement Parks Project, the City invested $64 million in funds to transform this waterfront site into a new ten-acre park, but with no actual water access.

Parks plans to unveil the newly-restored historic 25,800-square-foot Power House building in Mill Pond Park and will seek an operator to develop 12,900 square feet of space for public programming on the building’s second floor. Friends of Brook Park wants to provide public canoe programming, environmental educational services and mollusk restoration with our Bronx-based partners.

As you can see from this video,such recreational opportunities are safe, desirable and highly needed in our South Bronx community.

For more information about how you can help achieve waterfront access in the Bronx, visit: www.friendsofbrookpark.org

New Bike Blog from Boston


Charlotte started a new blog about biking around the Boston area.

Check it out at bostonbicycle.blogspot.com