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Great video on Bicycle Station in DC

Great job Streetfilms.org

I love my bike book progress

Matt Finkle and Brittain Sullivan have been hard at work on their photo book: I love my bike book. They’ve been putting up on their site great photos like this:

Hopefully you were able to stop by and be photographed with your favorite ride. Thanks Matt and Brittain for treking out to Park Slope in the snow.


Meanwhile they’ve enlisted great typography artist Chris Piascik, to design the book. He’s now got a facebook fan page to join, here.

Check out this interiview from feltandwire.com
and this cool video of his work:

Drawing a Q (Daily Drawing 03/36/2010) from Chris Piascik on Vimeo.

Nadir will be Here

(Nadir Olivet, on the right)
So Nadir Olivet, former messenger superstar, owner of La Carrera Cycles in Toronto, and one of the organizers of the next Cycle Messenger World Championships will be here in NYC for a week. Back on the road for Squid at Cycle Hawk Couriers.

I don’t think he’ll be riding this though:

But he will have paperwork on him to register people for the 2010 CMWC in Panajachel Guatemala.
If your interested give him a shout: (647) 299-1203 or email: wooracer@hotmail.com

Maybe you just want to hang with some old school couriers who were never in a cult.

That’s one way to get to Panajachel.

Another, would be to win tickets at the Squid’s 5th annual Velo City tour which is taking place in LA (May 1st), San Francisco (TBA), Chicago (TBA) and NYC (July 3rd) This is were urban riders and messengers compete on the track to win paid airfare to the CMWC.
More info: Cyclehawk.com.

This will also be in conjunction with a great fun ride based on the cult classic: Escape From New York.

Follow along at www.escapefromnewyorkfunride.blogspot.com

On Sunday, April 18th will be a screening of the movie at the bike friendliest bar around in Brooklyn, The Second Chance Saloon 659 Grand St.

Bikes, bikers and blowhards in NYC, make the news


On Monday, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was interviewed on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show by transportation issues reporter Andrea Bernstein.

Bike Lanes are a clear indicator of respect for cyclists on the streets and weather the city is taking bikes and those using them for transport, seriously.

Marty’s comments are an even clearer indicator that motorists don’t respect cycling as a viable mode of transportation and should never “stigmatize” motor vehicles. Oh, yeah and DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is some sort of crazy zealot who has an anti car agenda.

Oh Marty…FUGGGETABOUTIT!

Read more on Streetsblog.org

See a follow up video from Streetsblog reporter Ben Fried, who was at a local community meeting to discuss the new proposed bike lane.

This brings up my poll of the week:





What should happen with Prospect Park West?





Put in the 2 way bike lane as planned
make a one way bike lane
keep it the same
Make 6th Ave one way instead, with a bike lane
make a mixed use bikelane on the sidewalk (Marty Markowitz plan)



View Results



Make your own poll

Meanwhile…

Is it 700cmx or freestyle fixed gear? What is behind the new craze of doing tricks on fixed gears? NY Times spokes column reporter J. David Goodman finds out:

The Slowly Fading Cult of the Messenger
by J. David Goodman

(photo by: Raymond McCrea Jones/The New York Times)

The immortal class is looking a little more mortal these days.

With fewer packages to deliver and an increasing number of urban riders draping themselves with shoulder bags and cutting through traffic on track bikes, some say the cachet of being a bicycle messenger is wearing off for a new generation of street riders. It certainly is not the same as it was in 2001, when Travis Culley could write in his ode to the urban cowboy, “The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power,” that:

I am sometimes seen as a social misfit, a freeloader, a junkie, but I am also envied for the color, the vigor, the picture of America I can find while they push their way through the weekday treadmill routine.

Joseph Lanza, a messenger of six years who goes by the street name Joey Krillz, said that he had recently noticed a shift in attitude among some of the younger riders, especially those who prefer brakeless fixed-gear bikes.

“Previously, in the scene, if you were a courier, you were it,” Mr. Krillz, 29, said. “But now it’s like, no one cares if you’re a messenger anymore. It’s all about the tricks.”

As fixed-gear bicycles have become de rigueur for young urban cyclists in cities around the world, a new type of riding has grown up in the past two years, riders say. With so many now braving traffic in Midtown, the radical aspect of just being in the street has disappeared and a new style is emerging, one that appears more tethered to skateboarding and BMX bikes than to messengering.
read the rest of the article here.

Cycling the “last mile.”

Jarret Walker is a transit planning consultant, who helps design transit networks and with policy making decisions.

He writes the blog: Human Transit.

He sent me he latest article on how transit systems can help cyclists better incorporate with issues of the “last mile.”

Check it out: here.

alleycat in Nebraska

Jym Dyer told me about the growing bike scene in Omaha, Nebraska.

Check out this great flyer for an upcoming alleycat:

Find out more at badrabbitalleycat.blogspot.com

Another Stolen Bike-

Got this email from Brian Rubin:

To whom it concerns,

My bike was stolen last night, locked outside of my Fort Greene apartment. It was an old rigid Gary Fisher Mountain Bike, silver frame with silver reflective tape along the top and down tubes. The bike had slick tires with black plastic front and back fenders, a silver pannier rack on the back, and a chopped down handlebar with grip shifts. My bike was locked to another bike, which had been cut to set free. So unfortunately, now there are two bikes that are affected by this mischief.

I have low hopes of getting it back. It was not the most beautiful or upgraded bike, but it was my commuter bike and my baby. I loved that bike. Anyway, I wanted to get the word out that spring is here, and you should protect your property as best you can!

Thanks,

Brian

Any information, please call 303.514.7949 or email me at thebrianrubin@yahoo.com

Brooklyn by Bike celebrates 1 year

the blog, Brookyln by Bike is celebrating 1 year!! Ride with Anita and her friends on Sunday the 18th to Floyd Bennett Field.
More info brooklynbybike.com/rides.

Sweet

Check out who just made in onto: Hotdudesonbikes.com

the Next Bike Shorts

Submission deadline in May 15th.

More info bikeshortfilms.com