Also on Saturday, Time’s Up is sponsoring 2 more great free rides:
HoeDown Dance Party for the Community Gardens!
Garden Ride / Procession / Dance to Save the Community Gardens
What: A festive celebration of Spring / dance party to celebrate and defend New Yorkâ€™s beloved and once again endangered community gardens
When: Saturday, May 15th, 2010, 2:00 PM
Start: 2:00 PM, Center of Tompkins Square Park
End: After party at Dias y Flores Community Garden Lower East Side. 522 E. 13th St, between Avenues A & B Subway: L Train to 1st Avenue, from 4-6 PM.
Why: Because the 2002 deal to save the gardens is coming to an end and the city is dragging its feet. Ten years ago, we fought, screamed, dressed like tomatoes and sunflowers and fought for the community gardens. Today, these gardens are once again under threat of development.
So, this year year weâ€™re asking you to come dressed like your favorite garden vegetable, bring some noise, defend, and celebrate the monumental achievement of the community gardens.
Come see how custom bicycles are built with NYC framebuilders Johnny Coast & Seth Rosko. Johnny and Seth are opening their shop to the public and will be demonstrating brazing and welding techniques as well as discussing frame design. Finished bikes and works in progress will be available to view.
Enjoy some BBQ and Beer as well as music provided by DJs Dirty Finger, Porkchop & James Stacher.
Times-Up! will be leading a group ride from Manhattan & Williamsburg to the shop. First group will leave from Tompkins Square Park at 12:30 PM. Brooklyn riders will be met at Washington Plaza (the park on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge), leaving at 1 PM.
Visit www.johnnycoast.com & www.slrosko.com for more info as well as photo galleries of their work.
Afterparty to follow at Tandem Bar, 236 Troutman Street.
WHAT: Families and bike enthusiasts will gather at The Old Stone House at Washington Park for Brooklyn’s only annual cycling-focused flea market. Local bike vendors will be on hand to sell bicycles, accessories and provide cycling tips to jump start the summer cycling season. Known for making cycling accessible to all New Yorkers, bikes at the Jumble will be available from $50 – $200 dollars.
Along with purchasing bikes ranging from racers to cruisers, cyclists can have their pictures taken with their favorite rides, view the new exhibit “Strong Back, Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome”, obtain free bike repairs from Times Up and learn more about safe cycling in New York from The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
WHEN: 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday, May 16, 2010
The Old Stone House at Washington Park
336 3rd Street (bet. 4th and 5th Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
WHY: As the summer heats up in New York, it’s time to tune up your bike or pick up a new one and enjoy all the cycling activities the city has to offer. Whether you’re a parent looking for their child’s first bike or a cycling enthusiast on a budget, local professionals will be on hand at the second annual Brooklyn Bike Jumble to help with purchasing a new bike, picking up some new clothes and finding that part or accessory to get your bike back in shape.
The Brooklyn Bike Jumble has brought together New York’s premier cycling vendors at The Old Stone House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. On hand will be vintage Schwinns, kid’s bikes, cruisers, BMX, mountain bikes and fixed gears, both new and recycled. Bike artist Taliah Lempert will exhibit her paintings and new line of bike-themed children’s clothes. And The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will be available to help plan your next bike outing. In conjunction with Bike Month, The Old Stone House is hosting a new exhibition showcasing cycling’s history in Brooklyn.
The Old Stone House
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Bike vendors including: Recycle-a-Bicycle, Outlier, Coast, Mr. C’s Cycles and Times Up
Artist Taliah Lampert
Photographer Keiko Niwa
Hundreds of area families and cyclists
About the New York Bike Jumble
The NY Bike Jumble, New Yorkâ€™s first and only outdoor bicycle flea market, exists to provide a safe, inviting place where the cycling community can connect with local neighborhoods to educate and invite more New Yorkers onto bike paths. From buying new and recycled bike parts from former racers and knowledgeable dealers, to learning cycling information from non-profit organizations, the NY Bike Jumble provides a one-stop destination for both novices and hardcore enthusiasts.
To more learn more about NY Bike Jumble, visit www.nybikejumble.com.
To speak with Harry Schwartzman, NY Bike Jumble founder and curator of “Strong Back, Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome”, please contact Frank Lentini at 917.699.5450/ email@example.com
A really good friend of mine, Jonathan Beck was hit by a car in Brooklyn Monday night (5/3/10) while riding home from work on his bike.
I don’t know how many blog readers knew Jonathan but he loved bikes and is a super warm and friendly person.
To say he’s is really into bikes is a understatement. Heâ€™s been an active member of bike community and was a big part of Freewheels, (www.bicycledefensefund.org) a coalition of cyclists who raised money to help with legal defense of cyclists being harassed by the NYPD at things like critical mass. He recently took a train cross country and rode around the West Coast and went all the way to Copenhagen just to buy his beloved Bullitt Cargo bike. Weâ€™re talking obsession.
Essentially, people can call in from a telephone or join in over their computer. If they have a legal question but canâ€™t make it next week, they can also send in their question ahead of time. Weâ€™ll be sure to ask it and then send the recorded answer after the session.
We think itâ€™s a great opportunity for bikers facing a legal issue to get some free help, or more importantly, raise awareness to prevent legal issues in the future.”
April 26th, 2010 | Category: Bike News | Comments are closed
Gothamist has been all over this story about how the NYPD stole all the bikes on Houston Street because they thought their might be used as bombs. It is a police precedence to remove bikes along the route of a presidential motorcade…its just the way they went about it, showing a continued lack of respect for the New Yorkers and their property.
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.
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
By Eric Moskowitz
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.