Cops will return stolen bikes, one owner wants to sue

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.

Read more here.

Boston, making strides in bike safety

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 building’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 — 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.

Documentary about couriers

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 where you can find out more about his project and perhaps donate to the cause.

Pogan Trial-Cross Examination Monday.

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!!!
Friday, April 30th
7pm Union Square North

Ride Safer, Ride Massive!”

Mellow Yellow

Bikes found…sort of.

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.
(Photo from Martha Cooper on Gothamist)

Find out the info here:

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.

Stolen bike alert, the NYPD on Houston St.

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:

Then later appeared on
(photo by: Anthony Rebholz/Thisisfyf)

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.

Stolen Bike Alert

Got this from Ian Stearns:

Hi Michael,

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.

Many thanks!


Any info on this bike contact Ian:

Heading to Guatemala?

So who’s heading to Panajachel for the 18th Annual Cycle Messenger World Championships?

Register today and be eligible to win this sweet bag from Reload:

More info here.

Article in the Brooklyn Paper

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.

(photo by: Claire Glass)

This biker is no ‘Snob’!
By Claire Glass
for The Brooklyn Paper
Published April 20th, 2010

Park Sloper Michael Green — who started his two-wheeled life as a bike messenger during the wild early 1990s — has a forthcoming book that challenges some of urban cycling community’s most-sacred notions.
es, Green’s book, “Bike NYC,” will be a bike-centric Lonely Planet-style tour guide, but the main point is celebrate a libertarian approach to biking.

Hence the problem with bike lanes.

“Biking is about taking matters into your own hands,” Green said. “People ask me how I can be a bike advocate if I don’t use bike lanes, and I say, ‘Once the city gives you bike lanes, you’re expected to stick to them — and that’s limiting.’ ”

Green’s no elitist, taking a different approach than the so-called “Bike Snob,” who also has a book out right now (see main story) Rather, Green doesn’t want to waste time dividing the biking world up between “us” (the hardcore riders) and “them” (those people you see in Prospect Park with their kids on the tag-along).

Read the whole article here.

Good tips on renting or buying a bike when traveling

So you want to travel around a city by bicycle, I mean who doesn’t? Here is an article from the NY Times with some tips on finding a bike either for rent or to buy:

The Frugal Traveler:
Pushing Pedals, Not Budgets
(Photo by: Yana Paskova for The New York Times)
Photo Caption: The Recycle-a-Bicycle outlet in New York sells bikes that have been refurbished by schoolchildren trained in bike mechanics.

It was a busy day. In the morning, I’d followed a creek as far upstream as I could, until it disappeared underground. At midday, I’d stopped in town for a slice of pepperoni pizza. And in the afternoon, I’d explored a chain-link-fence maze at the edge of a university. Now, with dinnertime approaching, I was pedaling home on the trusty bicycle that had taken me to the far corners of my world. I was 10 years old.

That blue BMX may have been the last bike I owned, but in the past quarter-century I’ve never lost my appreciation for the freedom of movement that two wheels offer. Powered not by expensive gas but by cheap leg energy, easy and usually free to park, bicycles are perhaps the ideal vehicle for a frugal traveler, capable of taking you across a city or, if you have the time and ambition, around the world.

They can, however, get pricey, whether you’re renting a hybrid for a couple of days or investing in a serious road bike that will take you coast to coast. And it only gets more complicated (and more expensive) when you’re doing it in another city or another country. As usual, of course, there are a few ways of ensuring you’re saving money on your ride. Let’s talk about rentals first.

Read the rest of the article here.

Also consider buying a cheap bike from the Time’s Up Space in Williamsburg.
99 South 6th Street off Bedford Ave right under the Williamsburg Bridge.

The mechanics are now starting to sell recycled bikes for about $100.00. Check their website, for hours. (Seems like hours are limited and based on the bicycle mechanic workshops, plan ahead)

Here is a short list of some places to rent bikes.

Also check Transportation Alternatives resource pages for some tips on buying used bikes.