Check out the latest coverage from Punk legend and bicycle reporter Chris Ryan (Team Spider) on the spot at the Pogan trail downtown.
A wrap up of news coverage:
Read his full report here.
Kevin from the Wheelmancompany.com
Sent me some information on their new hip bags, perfect for riding in NYC.
Pogan probably wouldn’t be in any trouble except for some pesky video footage shot by a tourist in Time’s Square who captured the hit. It went viral and the whole world saw just what the NYPD thinks of group bike riding in NYC.
Now the officer is standing trail for his actions which started Yesterday.
Here is article from the NY Times:
Trial Opens for Ex-Officer Accused of Shoving Bicyclist
One was a rookie police officer, the other a free-spirited cyclist.
They converged on the busy thoroughfare that night with different objectives. The officer, Patrick Pogan, was there to monitor a group of bike riders, called Critical Mass, that the Police Department had long viewed as a nuisance. The cyclist, Christopher Long, was part of the groupâ€™s effort to remain together in its ride through Manhattan.
Jefferson Sigel, has also been shooting photographs for the NY Daily News. Here is there coverage from the start of the Pogan trail.
Ex-cop who body-slammed cyclist off his bike is portrayed by his defense as ‘clueless rookie’
BY Oren Yaniv
Originally Published:Monday, April 19th 2010
An NYPD cop caught on video body-slamming a bicyclist in Times Square was portrayed Monday as a clueless rookie suckered by a pot-smoking troublemaker out for a payday.
Ex-Officer Patrick Pogan was so inexperienced that when he was assigned to Critical Mass – a monthly activist bike ride – he thought he was going to a Catholic Mass, his lawyer said.
“He thought he was going to St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” said defense lawyer Stuart London.
But prosecutors painted the 24-year-old Pogan as a reckless cop who violently took down cyclist Christopher Long in July 2008 – and then tried to cover it up.
Read more: here.
The Trail continues today when Christopher Long will take the stand.
My Take on this:
I personally don’t feel the need to vilify one particular rookie cop for his actions. This is a systematic problem of law enforcement in this town who have a personal grudge against a group bike ride they had no problem with until the 2004 Republican National Convention and have since gone out of their way to waste taxpayer dollars and resources, not to mention engage in violent and dangerous behavior.
It’s important to note how all this would be going down if that video footage hadn’t gone viral. I can guarantee you, Pogan would not be on trail and Christopher Long would have to be defending himself on charges of “assaulting a police officer with his body.” The NYPD would be furthering their lies that critical mass has been taken over by anarchists with no regard for people of this town, who’s goal is to stop traffic and disrupt our common ways of life.
They NYPD should get on board with critical mass and biking in general for its impact on increasing bike ridership which is a valuable activity for the health and environment of this city. Not wasting more of our time and money with unnecessary lawsuits and trails.
Time’s Up is hosting a great event this Thursday, to go with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
EARTHDAY IS EVERYDAY BIKE RIDE & AFTER-PARTY JUSTSEEDS ECO ART SHOW
7pm BIKE RIDE Meet at Union Square Park South, Manhattan.
Earth day bike ride starting 7pm from Union Square Park South. Dress in green with respect for the planet! Festive musical ride will end at a 8pm, BBQ and dance party at Time’s Up Brooklyn space and East River Bar @ 97 South 6th Street, Williamsburg. Bring food to share
The Justseeds Collective will also be exhibiting members prints of an ecological & environmental nature following the Times Up Earth Day bicycle ride. Included in the exhibit will be previews of the upcoming Justseeds portfolio Resourced.
Resourced is a portfolio of handmade posters designed by over 30 different artists, including Chris Stain, Gaia, Armsrock, Design Action Collective, and many Justseeds Members. Justseeds is an artists’ owned and operated cooperative that is dedicated to producing socially engaged artworks. Prints and projects can be viewed at Justseeds.org
For more information on the ride go to times-up.org/index.php?page=earth-day-ride
Environmental awareness and not polluting transportation are continuously on the increase. With your continued support, we can continue to make these positive changes.
Support Time’s Up! Environmental Organization today by making a donation or becoming a member:
Check out our upcoming calender of events packed with events, bike rides and workshops.
(photo by: Blech)
TenNine Radio’s latest episode is up. Canadian based on-line radio show about the world wide culture of cycle couriers.
Message from show producer: Biker Bill:
“Hey our next show is finally ready! www.109radio.com/home.php
In this episode we managed to go the distance, literally!
I’m too sensitive. This year the list came out again, and like the Jefferson’s I moved up…That’s right, I made the top 20 at number 19.
Also it’s a great resource to see other cycling blogs and the author has been kind enough to link all their addresses and twitter accounts.
Follow London Cyclist on twitter: @londoncyclist
From the site:
The Ninth Annual R.E.Load Maypril Fools Fun Ride
The Maypril Fools Fun Ride is one of the largest annual events on the east coast! Essentially a huge scavenger hunt, you’ll be given a huge list of stops at the start, each with a different points value assigned to them. Choose your own path through the ride, performing ridiculous tasks and searching for prizes. Whoever has the most points in the end wins!
This ride has always been about fun in Philly, for the WHOLE cycling community, and as such, is completely accessible for bikes and riders of all types! Whether you are sprinting towards a podium finish, or just casually hitting a few checkpoints with your friends, you’re guaranteed to have an awesome time at this event.
Everybody who pre-registers will receive an event tee shirt***, laminated spoke card, and entry to the after party. This year, we’ve got a HUGE space reserved for us, with music courtesy of Get Bent and Rock Tits.
Current sponsors include Magick Outlaw, Fabric Horse, Bicycle Revolutions, Depot, Built in Pittsburgh, Level, Awesome Dudes Printing, and of course, R.E.Load. We’re working on even more! There will be tons of prizes for a pretty deep amount of finishers, as well as random drawings for winners of various accessories, including our new Lockdown foot straps!
John says the reason for being open so early on the weekends is to have a place for cycling clubs to meet and hang out before training or group rides. Zen bike will be a full serviced Scott, Kona and Felt dealer with everything from commuter single speeds, mountain bikes to high quality road bikes. They also carry Dahon foldups, kids bikes and have a nice selection of apparel, helmets and accessories. They even fix Babyjogger strollers. Rumor has it they soon will be getting a “big name” mechanic full time.
Future plans for the shop are to hold weekly workshops on riding the proper cadence and the best way to lock up a bike in NYC.
John’s philosophy is to work with people who are really embracing cycling as a lifestyle choice and want to make it part of their lives, not just the weekend warrior.
Also stay tunned…John will be challenging himself to loose a few pounds and get down to his racing weight. He’s going to install a trainer in the shop window and encourage people to come by and track his progress. Maybe even join him. Sounds like an excellent thing for the display window.
For the next three Saturday’s, April 17th (today–I know, a little late in the announcement) April 24th and May 1st, the shop will be having special discounts and serving drinks to celebrate their grand opening. Come on by.
Also, I got word through twitter…about another bike shop in Tribeca. For all you Dutch cruiser types check out the fancy pants Adeline Adeline 147 Reade St. between Greenwich and Hudson.
Saw this on their website: THE TRIBECA STORE IS OPEN!
Just in time for summer, the retail store has a selection of bikes from Pashley, Abici, Retrovelo, Batavus, Linus, and Biomega ready to take out for a quick ride right outside the store, or on the West Side bike path just 2 blocks away. The store also has a great selection of sophisticated accessories â€“ baskets, bags, helmets, and other beautiful things to dress up your bike.
Learn more about designer, Julie Hirschfeld’s new store, from this Refinery29
Check out the Yike Bike:
Read more at: Engadget.com
Then Mickey McManus of Maya.com sent me this link to the Ipad Sprocket Pocket. How to turn your brand new ipad into a clever turn signal. (ipad not included)
More about this:
A 5-minute film that shows how-to build your very own wearable iPad Sprocket Pocket. Watch the whole film and try to find the easter egg!
This was a MAYAmake 24-hour project.
The Sprocket Pocket, and the MAYA Sprocket iPad application were designed, prototyped, tested, manufactured in limited quantity (9 in first 24 hours were built and 4 were given away at an Apple Store just for fun to random bike riding iPad owners), packaged, and deployed all within 24 hours before the launch of the iPad.
Yes this is a silly example of having fun with an iPad. It’s also an example of “precycling” where we try to picture how you could recycle products after they aren’t expensive objects of desire. A $600 iPad today, will be a $300 one in a year, and a $50 dollar one a year after that, and soon you’ll be finding spare iPads in the cushions of your couch or in your cereal boxes as prizes for choosing NanoCrispies as your zap, spackle, and zop choice in the future.
So once that happens what do you do? We suggest wearing it.
The first day we wore these around town people suggested all sorts of other ideas:
For more information, to download the patterns or just find out what the heck we’re talking about, check out: www.maya.com/sprocket
Meanwhile in Monterey California, the Sea Otter Classic is in it’s 20th year this weekend. Part Pro cycling race event and part premiere cycling expo, here is a chance to show off more of the latest in cycling innovations from designers all over the world.
BikeRumor.com has some great coverage of the event and great write ups on new products like these:
Slick straight bars from Foesracing.com