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google maps now includes directions for bikes.

Bike Theft in the age of Twitter

found from Joe Hendry from messmedia.org

A Bike Theft in the Time of Twitter
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
New York Times, March 9, 2010

Austin Horse thought he was just leaving his bike for a second when he ran into the lobby of an office building at 28th Street and Madison Avenue last Tuesday afternoon to make a pickup.

Mr. Horse, a messenger since 2005, expected a quick turnaround — run up to the desk, get the package, get back on the bike — and locking his bright orange track bike would just slow the whole process. “I had it fake-locked,” he said, describing how he had placed a U-lock through the back wheel without closing it, as a decoy. “Normally, a pickup like that, it takes 30 seconds.”

But there had been some confusion at the company, and the package was not ready for him. Ten minutes passed, with Mr. Horse standing around the lobby, watching the bike through large glass windows, growing increasingly antsy. Finally, the package arrived, and he went to the desk to get it, turning his back to the windows.

A minute later, the bike was gone.

Read the rest of the article here.

Team TA

I’ve been asked to post this by Molly Sullivan, Events Coordinator for Transportation Alternatives.

Does this sound like you?
• Natural-born leader
• Avid cyclist who enjoys teaching other about the joy of cycling
• Has a desire to see others succeed
• Willing to donate time to give back to NYC’s leading advocacy organization for biking, walking and public transit.
• USA Cycling Certified (Not required – just a bonus qualification!)

Then consider becoming a coach for TEAM T.A. this spring. TEAM T.A. is a group of riders who will train for the NYC Century Bike Tour and fundraise together to support Transportation Alternatives. Transportation Alternatives offers some goodies and fundraising assistance for their hard work raising $1,000 each to support our advocacy work.

Now here is where YOU come in: Attend the Coaches Happy Hour on Thursday, 3/11/2010 at 6:30pm our office. Bring a resume and a list of qualifications that make you the perfect fit for a TEAM T.A. coach. It will be a very relaxed gathering and a nice way to meet each other.

In return for donating their time to weekly training rides, coaches will ride the NYC Century Bike Tour for free and receive a limited edition TEAM T.A. jersey!

This is a brand new initiative and it’s an opportunity for you to be involved with Transportation Alternatives in an exciting way. Please write me to let me know if you’re coming to the Happy Hour or if you have questions. See you then!

Molly Sullivan
Events Coordinator
Transportation Alternatives
127 W.26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 646-873-6031
Fax: 212-629-8334

http://transalt.org

JOIN TEAM T.A. http://nyccentury.org/TEAMTA

Our mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

Molly Sullivan
Events Coordinator
Transportation Alternatives
127 W.26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 646-873-6031
Fax: 212-629-8334

http://transalt.org

JOIN TEAM T.A. http://nyccentury.org/TEAMTA

Our mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

Video Wrap Up

I meet Marty from Vuelo Velo at the start of this year’s monster track. He was showing off his gorgeous track bike and we talked about his experiences at this years NAHBS.

Interview with Marty Renwick of Vuelo Velo from Vuelo Velo on Vimeo.

another video from NAHBS from Michael Wendell

2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show from Michael Wendell on Vimeo.

Seen on Trackosaurusrex.com

East West Smashup

EAST WEST SMASH UP from AMBUSHE on Vimeo.

Sent to me by Michael Stebler, a short movie he made based on the movements of the messengers of Bern (Switzerland) during a work day.

Sent to me by Merritt Raitt, about the race fantasies of a bike commuter in Portland, Oregon.

No Idea what to make of this one:

Cool Burning Man bike from 2006

And a bunch from Lockedcog.com

RVA Jam/ DP2 Weekend from Torey Thornton on Vimeo.

2009 Chicago Cyclocross Cup from Heather Jurewicz on Vimeo.

FIXIE BX from WILDCAT WILLY on Vimeo.

NAHBS WEEKEND | PART 2 – THE JAM from Mike Schmitt on Vimeo.

From urban velo
Global Ride Video Productions just released this trailer for their latest traing video in production, featuring Pittsburgh’s legendary Dirty Dozen. This underground road race goes up the 12 steepest hills in Pittsburgh, going up what is arguably the steepest “city” street in the world at 35% grade, Canton Ave.

More from Monster Track 11

Here is some info from Krillz of smashenger.blogspot.com.

And a video I shot of the group ride across the Williamsburg Bridge. Critical Mass of track bikes.

Monster Track 11 from Michael Green on Vimeo.

According to Joey Krillz twitter feed, Their was a sprint to decide the winner of this year’s Monster Track 11. Alfred, Chris T, J.T., Filipe and Heather for the ladies had to sprint from Canal to 56th to 14 to 47 back to canal. East to west.

J.T. was the winner.
(picture from Kevin Dillard of Demoncats.com, from last year’s Monster Track)

Congratulations to J.T. in winning his first Monster Track.
More details, coming soon.

The Monster Track Bag

Just got a view of Reload’s Monster Track Eleven prize bag.
Sweet.
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This weekend…Monster Track 11

NYC’s most famous fixed gear only race.

Feeling pumped?

Here is what you need to know about NYC’s track bike holiday,

MTweekend

also foot messenger and poet, Kurt Boone will be on hand, Saturday, at Monster Track Headquarters Affinitycycles. He’s involved in a photo project, documenting MT participants so come by, hangout, get your picture take, race!!

More info at: NYCmassive.com/mt2010

With this guy running things…
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anything can happen.

MT11, spoke card:
spokecard

New feature…Poll of the week

I thought it would be a good idea to start polling people on various topics about biking in NYC. So here is the first poll a new weekly series. Also please post comments on this topic for more lengthy discussions and opinions on the subject.





Do you think the administration of NYC cares about biking?





Yes, very much so. I am so pleased with all their work.
Mostly, a huge step in the right direction
50-50, I’m torn.
Not really, a few bike lanes is not nearly enough
Not at all, it’s just a bunch of token improvements



View Results



Make your own poll

a rant and ride…Tweet This

So Judge Lewis Kaplan, upheld a ruling that more than 50 bikes in NYC need a permit to ride put forward by the NYPD with a blatant selective enforcement grudge against Critical Mass. Funny thing, the lawsuit that judge’s decision came out of was put forward by the 5 boro bike club who was trying to say the ruling was unconstitutional for their group rides and all the court wanted to talk about was critical mass, which could have no representation because no one speaks for this spontaneous occurrence that happens in over 400 cities around the planet.

Meanwhile National Geographic Traveler ranked NYC the 2nd most bike friendly city in the US, unless of course you try and ride your bike in a group and then you will meet with the 6th largest standing army on planet Earth who hates you, the NYPD. I don’t know about you but this puts a pretty sour taste in my mouth that we are supposed to relish in all these D.O.T. improvements, much of which this article is based on, like putting a bike lane down a pedestrian esplanade in Broadway or removing a bike lane in Brooklyn, and somehow feel good about being a bike friendly city. Please. Perhaps National Geo should come here and go on critical mass or explore all of the ongoing lawsuits against bike riding here in the big apple.

Honestly, I know Billionaire King Bloomberg is going to save us from the highest unemployment in NYC since the 30′s and one of the largest budget deficients with new stadiums in Brooklyn, but do you believe you need a permit to ride your bike? Is this America or the Soviet Union 1956? or maybe Iran today. I thought this was New York City? I thought the terrorists lost on 911 because they are “freedom haters.”

I mean seriously, forget about Iraqi elections or nation building in Afghanistan. You can’t even ride your bicycle without a PERMIT IN NEW YORK CITY.

I say, ride your bikes. On the last Friday of the month, on the first Friday of the month, ALL THE TIME.

This Friday, one New York City loving bike rider is calling for a Freedom Ride.

From Mellow Yellow:
“Hey Cyclopaths,

What is easier to will into being? An early spring, or a huge fun bike ride?
Weather forecast is looking very positive with temps cracking 40 degrees this Friday, so if you’ve been sadly de-biked due to snow, come out and enjoy the fun!

1st fR!deay!
A celebration of community and sustainable transportation in the streets of Manhattan
March 5th, 7pm
Union Square North

SPREAD THE WORD!

Also, check out the latest update of my ridiculous new blog
criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com

RIDE SAFE”

It seems to me, the real “Freedom Haters” are Judge Kaplan, the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg who want to limit you from freely riding your bicycle here in NYC. I say its time to take back our city!

Here are the steps to do this:
1) Join Twitter
2) follow along with a new twitter page dedicated to NYC CM: twitter.com/critmasspanic
3) setup this page to txt (SMS) on your cell phone so you can get updates and standby for spontaneous “flash mob” rides coming as soon as the weather is better.