One of my childhood characters I grew up with has passed away. It reminded me of this episode of “Diff’rent Strokes,” about Arnold wanting a bicycle. (click the image to see the video, for some reason I couldn’t embed this)
Yes, this episode was about a child molester bicycle shop owner, but re-watching it I focused on some of the more bicycle related issues. Such as how bad Arnold wanted a bicycle and how even rich Mr. Drummond didn’t have any place to store a bicycle in his fancy NYC apartment.
Wanted to give a big thank you to Peace Coffee based out of Minneapolis.
They approached me about re-posting an interview I did with Zach Schaap and Patrick Stephenson who put on 30 Days of biking in April.
This is a really amazing coffee distributor who are super involved with bikes. They have their own racing team, sponsor events and make deliveries by bicycle.
Blondie of Arabia
a workshop of new solo play
Written and performed by Monica Hunken
Directed by Laura Newman
Lighting Design by Evan True and Jessica Hinkle
June 3rd, 4th, 5th
$10 for military/senior
No advance ticket sales. House opens 7:30pm.
10% of proceeds go to support Follow the Women
an international organization comprised of over 500 women who go on long bike pilgrimages to support peace and an end to violence in the Middle East.
BLONDIE OF ARABIA
Two weeks before Christmas, Monica flew into the heart of the Persian Gulf to work with a catering company at a royal wedding party and ended up biking across three countries in the Middle East.
This play chronicles the true story of her desert odyssey. Watch the broke blonde American swerve her bicycle through close encounters with military capture, sex tourism, Gulf royalty, three wedding parties and near death.
As Monica perseveres in her adventure as a parade of one, defeating trouble at every turn, indulging her super-hero fetishism, she discovers her biggest adversary might be herself.
Also check the Bike Month site for more info on events this weekend.
Friday, May 28th
You’ve probably heard about the disaster British Petroleum has cause in the Gulf region. Did you know they don’t want their workers wearing protective gear? Not even if the workers provide their own respirators. Wouldn’t want people thinking the spill is too toxic, even though dozens of the clean up crew are now going to the hospital with health issues.
Democracy Now had a great story about this on their program yesterday. Show hosts, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez interviewed Clint Guidry, president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association and found out how BP is not only screwed up the spill but is also endangering people in the clean up effort just to avoid bad PR.
Find out more Here.
If you’d like to get involved with a little Street Action here in NYC there is a flash mob today:
BP FLASH PROTEST
6:00PM sharp at the BP gas station at Houston St and Lafayette
**Important – Donâ€™t be early â€“ Donâ€™t be late
Flash Protest of BP Oil Hemorrhage
New York City | 6:00 â€“ 6:15pm | May 28th 2010
BP service station on Lafayette and Houston
*Donâ€™t be early â€“ Donâ€™t be late
WHO: Code Pink NYC, Freedom Glory Project, Time’s Up! and the citizens of New York
WHERE: BP GAS STATION, 21 EAST HOUSTON STREET (at Lafayette)
WHEN: May 28th, 2010 6:00pm â€“ 6:15pm
WHAT: : Drenching themselves with oil, hundreds of protestors will gather to shame BP. Protesters will mourn the deaths of the 11 workers, devastation of wildlife, and livelihoods destroyed all along the Gulf Coast. They will call for BP to be held accountable, for an end to offshore drilling and for a total restructuring of our energy towards renewable clean sources.
WHY: – BP, TransOcean and Halliburton must halt drilling world wide
– BP, TransOcean, and Halliburton must not be allowed new drilling permits
– Immediate shutdown of Atlantis Platform in Gulf, 89% of critical blueprints not approved
– Oil companies redirect energy and financing to renewable clean fuels;
– US government to expose the true extent of the disaster
– The halt of censorship and intimidation of the press
– Accountability for BPâ€™s criminal actions
– Cooperation with the press, scientists, and others assisting with the cleanup
Then head on over to the:
CLEAN ENERGY CRITICAL MASS
7:00PM at Union Square Park North.
Bring lights, bells, creativity and positivity as always.
Or for the family their is:
Here is a message from ride organizer Rene Netter It looks like it will stop raining by Friday evening so the next Ditmas Ride will be this Friday (5/28) around 7:00 pm. We will meet in front of the VoxPop @ the corner of Cortelyou and Stratford.
The purpose of the Ditmas Rides is for us to have fun and to celebrate and spread a way of getting around we already enjoy. There is no planned route and we the participants will decide where we would like to go shortly before the ride starts. Ditmas Park has a lot of small streets so hopefully we can have a joyful and stress free rides. I myself are planning to bring my daughter Nona Lily along and hope that other parents will bring their children as well.
************************************************************************* Saturday, May 29th
Freegan Bike Workshop presents:
Bicycle Field Day in Tompkins Park! (facebook announcement)
12:00pm – 6:00pm
That’s Tompkins Park in BROOKLYN, not to be confused with Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park.
corner of Greene Ave. and Marcy Ave.
Check Google Maps for proper location.
The Freegan Bike Workshop has been working hard towards re-establishing their awesome programs for the communities of Brooklyn, specifically Bed-Stuy, since the loss of the 123 Space. This “fun-packed day of celebrating, fellowship & bicycles” will include games, food, free tune-ups, workshops and dancing. No doubt this will get the FBW back in the swing of teaching kids how to build their own bikes and give the cycling community another desperately needed workshop space! Come out and show your sup
Join the Freegan Bike Workshop for a fun-packed day of celebration, crafts, and bicycles! The dayâ€™s activities include:
– bike decorating!
– free bike tune-ups!
– a bike scavenger hunt!
– free food & refreshments!
– a “bike wash”!
– workshops led by our volunteer mechanics!
– music, dancingâ€¦and more!
Kids and adults are encouraged to attend with or without their bicycles. â™¥ â™¥ â™¥
Time’s Up has been putting on all kinds of great Free biking events for Bike Month. Here is a video from last weekend’s 3rd annual Doggie Pedal Parade:
Next up this Saturday:
Time’s Up Graffiti Ride.
Take a unique tour by bike on Time’s Up legendary street art ride.
2:00 pm, Brooklyn 99 south 6th st, off Bedford Avenue, right under the Williamsburg Bridge (Brooklyn Side)
Then at night there is the Riverside Ride, more info here.
************************************************************************* Sunday, May 30th
Bronx FUTURE GREENWAY RIDE
This Sunday, March 30, you will have another opportunity to delve into Bike Month activities in the Bronx with a ride specifically designed to envision the future of the Bronxâ€™s Harlem River Waterfront Greenway! We will be meeting outside the Cypress Avenue Station (6 Train) at noon and riding over to check out the current state of the waterfront on the Bronx side. From there, we will be crossing over to the Harlem side of the river, and making our way along some of the newly completed greenway along the Harlem River. Experiencing the contrasting routes along the waterfront will help us to visualize how amazing and important it is to advocate for a similar waterfront greenwayâ€”on the Bronx side of the river. The ride will be relatively short and slow-paced, so please feel free to bring riders of all ages and abilities along for the ride!
Distance: 10 miles
Location: 6 train to Cypress Avenue Station
East 139th St.& Cypress Ave., Bronx, NY Google Map.
Brought to you by: Transportation Alternatives
More info email@example.com
and there is
It might be a wet one due to rain but tonight:
Event Details :: Pirate Radio Dance Ride
Title: Pirate Radio Dance Ride
Date: Thursday, May 27th, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Tompkins Square Park
Summary: Dress like a pirate and bring a battery powered radio and be part of the Pirate Radio Revolution!
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Chrome bags and apparel out of San Francisco knows how to appreciate their messengers. They figured if couriers can ride bikes in the hills of this West Coast gem, they might as well be able to ride a barrel connected to some ropes. That’s right they threw an old fashioned rodeo right in their store.
Read the recap here.
They also know how to appreciate the feet of us riders. They’ve just come out with a new shoe…the Toburk Slip-on.
Here is a press release: After countless requests to build a classic slip-on shoe that will hold up on the bike, Chrome is proud to announce the newest addition to their footwear line, the Tobruk.
The Tobruk is filled with details that make riding in them easier and the shoe, itself, tougher. Those features include:
Â· Low profile design to better fit into a toe cage
Â· 100% vulcanized construction
Â· Weatherproof 1,000 denier Cordura with back-padding
Â· Re-enforced nylon/glass fiber shank to support the midsole
Â· Board lasted sole to eliminate pedal hot spot
Â· Skid resistant contact rubber on the sole
Â· Polyurethane contoured crash pad insole
Â· Durable rubber heel cup with reflective safety hit
Â· Center gore slip-on design
After leading the way in both bag and apparel design and manufacturing, footwear was the natural extension of Chromeâ€™s commitment to building durable, functional products that last. It just so happens that they look great too.