In respect and solidarity with the tragedy in Miami of the hit and run of Christophe Le Canne, Time’s Up is hosting a tribute ride in NYC.
Miami Solidarity Ride
Sunday, February 7th, 2010
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Summary: Tribute ride for Miami and their recent response to the tragic death of Christophe Le Canne.
On 1/17/2010, Christophe Le Canne, 44, was killed in a bike lane from behind, reportedly by a hit and run drunk driver and delayed emergency response in Key Biscayne, Florida. On 1/24/2010 1000′s of Miami cyclists came out on a memorial ride in Christophe’s name. Now is your opportunity to pay tribute to Miami for their brave action during their time of grief.
A saying of Christophe’s is ‘The Journey is the thing!’. So we will visit ghosts bikes, roadways where there are, used to be, or could be bike lanes, and maybe water or bridges on our travels.
The day after our ride the suspect will have his first hearing.
Just wanted to give a shout out to Bucky Turco of the blog Animalnewyork.com,for getting mentioned in the top 20 blogs about NYC in the Village Voice, this week. Animal has a very insightful look into NYC graffiti and street art culture and he’s got a thing for bikes too. It’s kind of like the Vice magazine of Gothamist.
Nice work Bucky.
Meanwhile I discovered a few other bike blogs I thought I’d shed some light on:
Sally Carson is a web designer and fixed gear rider out of Richmond Virginia. Check out her site Fixpert.
More about her from her bio: Iâ€™m a retired bicycle messenger. I used to suffer through every type of weather delivering packages on my bike in New York City, and then in Richmond, Virginia. Here on Fixpert.com, I write about a lot of issues that touch on city cycling and messengering. Spending two years as a messenger completely changed the course of my life (in a positive way) and was the spark that made me fall in love with bikes forever and ever. ( love you bikeys! <3 <3 <3 )
I posted this video last week, but Pedal.tv is a webseries about biking and food. Or, according to their website: ”
WHAT IT IS:
PEDALING: is a host-driven and character based web-series. Each episode highlights the best and most eclectic riding in the area and culminates in an informative and engaging lifestyle activity.
PEDALING Series is an original production of Panforte Productions and BrakeThrough Media. PEDALING NYC is presented in partnership with Specialized Bicycles, Whole Foods Market, Capo Forma, and with the promotional support of Bike New York.
A quick round up on some bike events this weekend.
Friday was critical mass around the world. You probably wouldn’t know it in NYC.
Only a hundred and fifty people came out to San Francisco, the birthplace of this historic biking phenomenon. With low turnout and a potential police investigation, it has regular participants asking, “Is the SFPD planning a crackdown of Critical Mass?” This was the headline of a recent blog posting from a fairly new website dedicated to SF critical mass.
Here is a recent news story from a CBS local news affiliate KPIX which chronicles that SFPD Chief George Gascon is reviewing department policy on Critical Mass, as part of his commitment to cut crime by 20%.
(Yes the offensive crime of riding your bike in a group)
Meanwhile a group of cyclists got together in Portland for their first tweed ride.
In the warm sun of Pamplona, Spain, thrill seekers flock to run from an insane horde of sharp horned beasts in the running of the bulls. In Nome Alaska, adventurers brave frigid temperatures and long miles of extreme endurance for the Iditarod, world famous dog sled race. Both of these exhibitions, involve animals and here is NYC we have our own creature involved in a bizarre spectacle called: The Idiot. This species have to be half crazy to run a few miles in costume, strapped to a shopping cart in an event known as the Idiotarod. Perhaps its for the drunken stupidity of it all, or to answer a calling to engage in a unsanctioned, non-permitted event which is yearning deep inside many New Yorkers. Maybe its just a chance to get yourself fifteen seconds of fame on NY’s permiere blog/news site Gothamist.
Here is some coverage of the event in case you missed it.
I feel the need to tip my hat to any type of event that has a renegade street theater spirit and makes the NYPD scratch their heads and say, “UH, should I be busting this?”
For me it a signature event and when I see the makings of costumed people pushing shopping carts I know its about the moment I made my first blog posting back in February of 2005.
Actually it was a posting on the 1st of the month and was pretty brief: “The streets of New York City have a lot of random ice spots still on them but comuting to work by bike, is still the way to go.” With lengthy insights like this, I knew I was destined to be an authority of biking in NYC and become a blogger, especially one who can’t spell words like commuting.
So I have to congratulate myself and say that Bikeblognyc.com has officially turned 6 years old!
So Thanks to me.
Thanks to all those who ride bikes in NYC and live to tell about it and blog about it.
Thanks to all those who have supported me and still not sure what the hell I’m doing.
Thanks to all the bike nerds around the world
Thanks to all those who have contributed to this blog.
Thanks to all those who give a shit about this city and want it to be a healthier, less polluted place and know that part of the answer is world bicycle domination.
Its freezing cold outside in NYC and Friday is a good day to read lots of spam by UGG boots and Christian Louboutin who keep posting comments on my blog. Thanks for the interest guys, but only if you have them in green. Friday is a day to make lots of short postings so without much detail, here are a whole bunch of upcoming bike culture related events around the globe: (Check the flyers for Dates)
Some film screening information:
Here in NYC, it’s Bike Shorts, the monthly festival where you can win a hundred bucks cash for your five minute bicycle short. Now in a new joint in Brooklyn, Public Assembly NYC, formerly Galapogos in Williamsburg, 70 N. 6th St between Kent & Wythe
There is Filmed by Bike in Portland Oregon in April 16th-18th.
Here is a trailer:
Get your submissions in now.
Vancouver’s signature fixed gear film is sweeping the country…the Revival. It’s having a screening in Boulder Colorado:
and looking to the future,
The RedHook’s Criteruim will be:
March 20th, 2010
A message from race organizer, Dave August:
The Red Hook Criterium enters itâ€™s 3rd year in 2010.
As my birthday tradition this race is â€œfixedâ€ and brakeless only. The format remains the same. 20 fast laps around a tight, twisty, and dangerous circuit through the desolate Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn.
The racing circuit follows last yearâ€™s route including the now infamous â€œOtsego Chicaneâ€ and the â€œBeard Street Cobblesâ€.