Reporter Claire Glass of the Brooklyn Paper sat down with me and wrote a nice article. Thanks Claire for giving me a voice.
(photo by: Claire Glass)
This biker is no â€˜Snobâ€™!
By Claire Glass
for The Brooklyn Paper
Published April 20th, 2010
Park Sloper Michael Green â€” who started his two-wheeled life as a bike messenger during the wild early 1990s â€” has a forthcoming book that challenges some of urban cycling communityâ€™s most-sacred notions.
es, Greenâ€™s book, â€œBike NYC,â€ will be a bike-centric Lonely Planet-style tour guide, but the main point is celebrate a libertarian approach to biking.
Hence the problem with bike lanes.
â€œBiking is about taking matters into your own hands,â€ Green said. â€œPeople ask me how I can be a bike advocate if I donâ€™t use bike lanes, and I say, â€˜Once the city gives you bike lanes, youâ€™re expected to stick to them â€” and thatâ€™s limiting.â€™ â€
Greenâ€™s no elitist, taking a different approach than the so-called â€œBike Snob,â€ who also has a book out right now (see main story) Rather, Green doesnâ€™t want to waste time dividing the biking world up between â€œusâ€ (the hardcore riders) and â€œthemâ€ (those people you see in Prospect Park with their kids on the tag-along).
So you want to travel around a city by bicycle, I mean who doesn’t? Here is an article from the NY Times with some tips on finding a bike either for rent or to buy:
The Frugal Traveler: Pushing Pedals, Not Budgets
By MATT GROSS (Photo by: Yana Paskova for The New York Times)
Photo Caption: The Recycle-a-Bicycle outlet in New York sells bikes that have been refurbished by schoolchildren trained in bike mechanics.
It was a busy day. In the morning, Iâ€™d followed a creek as far upstream as I could, until it disappeared underground. At midday, Iâ€™d stopped in town for a slice of pepperoni pizza. And in the afternoon, Iâ€™d explored a chain-link-fence maze at the edge of a university. Now, with dinnertime approaching, I was pedaling home on the trusty bicycle that had taken me to the far corners of my world. I was 10 years old.
That blue BMX may have been the last bike I owned, but in the past quarter-century Iâ€™ve never lost my appreciation for the freedom of movement that two wheels offer. Powered not by expensive gas but by cheap leg energy, easy and usually free to park, bicycles are perhaps the ideal vehicle for a frugal traveler, capable of taking you across a city or, if you have the time and ambition, around the world.
They can, however, get pricey, whether youâ€™re renting a hybrid for a couple of days or investing in a serious road bike that will take you coast to coast. And it only gets more complicated (and more expensive) when youâ€™re doing it in another city or another country. As usual, of course, there are a few ways of ensuring youâ€™re saving money on your ride. Letâ€™s talk about rentals first.
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Poor officer Patrick Pogan. Remember him? He was the rookie cop who delivered the shocking body blow to Christopher long in Time’s Square during a critical mass ride. Officer Pogan wasn’t really overreacting, rather following along with an pattern of violent behavior by the NYPD against a group bike ride, they just don’t like. We know this because this wasn’t the first time someone was violently arrested in Times Square. Recently cyclists were awarded 97,000.00 for similar behavior.
Pogan probably wouldn’t be in any trouble except for some pesky video footage shot by a tourist in Time’s Square who captured the hit. It went viral and the whole world saw just what the NYPD thinks of group bike riding in NYC.
Now the officer is standing trail for his actions which started Yesterday.
Here is article from the NY Times:
Trial Opens for Ex-Officer Accused of Shoving Bicyclist
By JOHN ELIGON
Published: April 19, 2010
One was a rookie police officer, the other a free-spirited cyclist.
They converged on the busy thoroughfare that night with different objectives. The officer, Patrick Pogan, was there to monitor a group of bike riders, called Critical Mass, that the Police Department had long viewed as a nuisance. The cyclist, Christopher Long, was part of the groupâ€™s effort to remain together in its ride through Manhattan.
Read the whole story here.
Jefferson Sigel, has also been shooting photographs for the NY Daily News. Here is there coverage from the start of the Pogan trail.
(photo by Jefferson Sigel)
Ex-cop who body-slammed cyclist off his bike is portrayed by his defense as ‘clueless rookie’
BY Oren Yaniv
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Originally Published:Monday, April 19th 2010
An NYPD cop caught on video body-slamming a bicyclist in Times Square was portrayed Monday as a clueless rookie suckered by a pot-smoking troublemaker out for a payday.
Ex-Officer Patrick Pogan was so inexperienced that when he was assigned to Critical Mass – a monthly activist bike ride – he thought he was going to a Catholic Mass, his lawyer said.
“He thought he was going to St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” said defense lawyer Stuart London.
But prosecutors painted the 24-year-old Pogan as a reckless cop who violently took down cyclist Christopher Long in July 2008 – and then tried to cover it up.
The Trail continues today when Christopher Long will take the stand.
111 Centre Street (3 blocks south of Canal St.), room 733. Starting around 10am
My Take on this:
I personally don’t feel the need to vilify one particular rookie cop for his actions. This is a systematic problem of law enforcement in this town who have a personal grudge against a group bike ride they had no problem with until the 2004 Republican National Convention and have since gone out of their way to waste taxpayer dollars and resources, not to mention engage in violent and dangerous behavior.
It’s important to note how all this would be going down if that video footage hadn’t gone viral. I can guarantee you, Pogan would not be on trail and Christopher Long would have to be defending himself on charges of “assaulting a police officer with his body.” The NYPD would be furthering their lies that critical mass has been taken over by anarchists with no regard for people of this town, who’s goal is to stop traffic and disrupt our common ways of life.
They NYPD should get on board with critical mass and biking in general for its impact on increasing bike ridership which is a valuable activity for the health and environment of this city. Not wasting more of our time and money with unnecessary lawsuits and trails.
Time’s Up is hosting a great event this Thursday, to go with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
EARTHDAY IS EVERYDAY BIKE RIDE & AFTER-PARTY JUSTSEEDS ECO ART SHOW
Thursday, April 22, 2010
7pm BIKE RIDE Meet at Union Square Park South, Manhattan.
8pm AFTER-PARTY Just Seeds Eco Art Show & BBQ
Earth day bike ride starting 7pm from Union Square Park South. Dress in green with respect for the planet! Festive musical ride will end at a 8pm, BBQ and dance party at Time’s Up Brooklyn space and East River Bar @ 97 South 6th Street, Williamsburg. Bring food to share
The Justseeds Collective will also be exhibiting members prints of an ecological & environmental nature following the Times Up Earth Day bicycle ride. Included in the exhibit will be previews of the upcoming Justseeds portfolio Resourced.
Resourced is a portfolio of handmade posters designed by over 30 different artists, including Chris Stain, Gaia, Armsrock, Design Action Collective, and many Justseeds Members. Justseeds is an artists’ owned and operated cooperative that is dedicated to producing socially engaged artworks. Prints and projects can be viewed at Justseeds.org
Summer is coming so maybe your thinking of getting the whole family on bike. Bike trailers, seats and tag alongs can be in limited supply here in NYC so for some products, reviews and other information. Check out: bikekidshop.com
In this episode we managed to go the distance, literally!
All the way to T.O. to learn about the upcoming CMWC in Panajachel Guatemala,
coming this September. We will break the news about how we here at Ten Nine
Radio are helping out and show you how you can even lend a hand. Got time for a
CMWC delivery or two? We uncover â€œLa Ochoâ€ and help explain the leaked internet
pictures of the mock up. We reveal the cell phone initiative, announce the
winner of the CMWC Registration Raffle for an Awesome Pac Bag Ultimate OS, and let
you in on some other great goodies up for grabs, Both from the CMWC crew as
well as your Favorite Bicycle Messenger Radio Station where we will be throwing
some tracks on that you have suggested as well as make a special musical announcement
you may be interested in hearing. Word! Get Tuned!
Hope your all doin well, and keeping a handle on all your spring fever!
The Super Summer Prize Bag is growing!
ps this episode is a big file, over 140 minutes of material, let us know if your having difficulty downloading or streaming, this ones totally worth it if you have to wait I figure!
So last year maybe I was a little unenthusiastic about Londoncyclist.co.uk Top 50 cycling blogs of the world. Maybe because I placed a disappointing 31.
I’m too sensitive. This year the list came out again, and like the Jefferson’s I moved up…That’s right, I made the top 20 at number 19.
I am indeed honored and wanted to thank the site for their ranking.
Also it’s a great resource to see other cycling blogs and the author has been kind enough to link all their addresses and twitter accounts.
There were two other NYC blogs that made number 3, bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com and John Prolly’s site not only made it on the list but was number 8. Whoot Whoot.
The Ninth Annual R.E.Load Maypril Fools Fun Ride
Saturday, May 15th
*Registration/package pickup for pre-registered riders: 12pm
Race starts: 2pm
Entry Fee: $10 ** Maypril Fools Pre-registration
The Maypril Fools Fun Ride is one of the largest annual events on the east coast! Essentially a huge scavenger hunt, you’ll be given a huge list of stops at the start, each with a different points value assigned to them. Choose your own path through the ride, performing ridiculous tasks and searching for prizes. Whoever has the most points in the end wins!
This ride has always been about fun in Philly, for the WHOLE cycling community, and as such, is completely accessible for bikes and riders of all types! Whether you are sprinting towards a podium finish, or just casually hitting a few checkpoints with your friends, you’re guaranteed to have an awesome time at this event.
Everybody who pre-registers will receive an event tee shirt***, laminated spoke card, and entry to the after party. This year, we’ve got a HUGE space reserved for us, with music courtesy of Get Bent and Rock Tits.
Current sponsors include Magick Outlaw, Fabric Horse, Bicycle Revolutions, Depot, Built in Pittsburgh, Level, Awesome Dudes Printing, and of course, R.E.Load. We’re working on even more! There will be tons of prizes for a pretty deep amount of finishers, as well as random drawings for winners of various accessories, including our new Lockdown foot straps!