David Auner is a film maker who shot a documentary in Cairo about 5 fixed gear riders on a quest in the Middle East.
Check out their action trailer:
More info visit: wherearethepyramids.com
or on Facebook.com
One owner is not to happy that his $150.00 lock was cut and is $900.00 bike was damaged. He is intending to sue the city.
Read more here.
Boston is know for being a hostile environment for cyclists but things are starting to look up with a bike friendly Mayor, Thomas M. Menino and a new city program for biking, Boston Bikes Program.
read more in this article:
Bike safety efforts pick up pace in city
No one would mistake Transportation Secretary Jeffrey B. Mullan for a fixed-gear hipster, spandex-clad racer, socks-over-pants commuter, or other full-time denizen of the cycling world. He rides infrequently enough that the facilities staff at the State Transportation Building recently confiscated his 1980s model Peugeot from the buildingâ€™s bike room, thinking the bicycle had been abandoned.
But on Wednesday, there was Mullan on his reclaimed bike, pedaling through the streets of Boston in a rush-hour sign of solidarity with the bicycling community, en route to the inaugural Bicycling Safety Summit convened by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
The summit represented a high-water mark in the continued effort by local cyclists to gain the ear of officials and promote a cultural shift toward equal status for bicycles on the roads â€” a tall order in a city consistently ranked among the most hostile to bicyclists. Still, they have an ally in Menino, who three years ago launched the Boston Bikes program with the goal of making the city a cycling haven.
Read more here.
Kenton Hoppas is a film maker trying to raise funds for a documentary about what it’s like to be a bicycle courier. He is following Squid in NYC and James Addison in Portland.
He is using the website Kickstarter.com where you can find out more about his project and perhaps donate to the cause.
Tomorrow, April 26th, Monday…former cop Patrick Pogan will take the stand for his criminal trial. Friday (4/23) Pogan spoke for the first time about what his rationale was for body checking Christopher Long in Time’s Square back in Critical Mass, July 25, 2008.
The trial continues on Monday with Pogan’s cross-examination.
Those who would like to attend: 211 Centre St. room 733, at 10am.
Cycling activist, Mellow Yellow, who writes the blog: Criticalmasspanic, has some opinions on the importance of the monthly ride, plus report backs on the last !st fRideay ride which meet up with a crew from Staten Island.
Here is also a plug for Friday’s Critical Mass ride, April 30th:
“Regardless of the outcome of the above trial, we should have a very interesting Manhattan CM this Friday. Last month we walked out. This month we may hit numbers that apparently require a parade permit. And some of us are going to dress in all white to represent that we are all ghost riders until we have truly safe roads. We’ve already lost too many wonderful bike-riding people to motor vehicles this year. Come and contribute to how this all plays out…keep it positive!
GHOST RIDE (or walk) THE MASS!!!
Ride Safer, Ride Massive!”
Thanks to Gothamist for giving a shit about this and for doing some research. They made a few phone calls and got the police to admit where the stolen bikes were from the Houston Street Earth Day debacle.
Find out the info here: Gothamist.com
It still doesn’t answer the question: Why did they remove the bikes in the first place and why the NYPD feels so threatened by bicycles in the city.
Turns out they do have a policy of removing bikes when motorcades are in the area and they did put up signs the night before. The signs however, only say…No Parking. Most people would interpret that as applying to motor vehicles.
It truly is in bad taste and reflects the NYPD’s disrespect for its citizens, especially those who ride bicycles.
If you had a bicycle taken on Houston Street, please get in touch with me. Also twitter any information with the hashtag #stolenbike.
I’ve been trying to have space on my blog for people to post when they’ve had a bike stolen. Well this one may take the cake.
As our mayor was in Time’s Square celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day:
His goon squad, the NYPD was stealing bikes on Houston street because of some supposed substantial threat of “pipe bombs” in bicycles. President Obama was here in NYC and his motorcade was going down Houston…so logically the cops cut locks and took all the bikes parked there.
The story first broke on this blog: thisisfyf.com
Then later appeared on Gothamist.com
If you have had your bike STOLEN, by the NYPD on Houston St. please contact me so we can figure out how to get it back!! Then we can figure out how to tell Bloomberg what an un-environmental hypocrite A-Hole he is…So glad he bought himself a third term.
Happy Earth Day NYC. I think this shows how much Bloomberg and the NYPD care about the planet.
Got this from Ian Stearns:
Had a bike stolen last night. Saw that you list stolen bikes so thought I’d let you know.
It was locked up on the street at 5th Ave. and 5th St. in Park Slope. (This is only the second time I’ve left it out overnight. Was so tired when I got home, fell asleep in my clothes before bringing it in).
It’s a 2006 blue Gary Fisher Men’s Hybrid bike with silver writing. Has what I think they call “Oxford style” handle bars. I’ve got the serial number if needed.
Any info on this bike contact Ian: Ian.Stearns@comedycentral.com
In a world where certain individuals aren’t necessarily reflecting the best attributes of our bike community…not naming any names here.
I’m just trying to keep it positive…and promote a new book project.
Reporter Claire Glass of the Brooklyn Paper sat down with me and wrote a nice article. Thanks Claire for giving me a voice.
This biker is no â€˜Snobâ€™!
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.
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).
Read the whole article here.