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
WEAR WHITE, DECORATE YOUR BIKE WHITE!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 â€˜Snobâ€™!
By Claire Glass
for The Brooklyn Paper
Published April 20th, 2010
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.
es, Greenâ€™s book, â€œBike NYC,â€ 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.
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).
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
By MATT GROSS (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, Iâ€™d followed a creek as far upstream as I could, until it disappeared underground. At midday, Iâ€™d stopped in town for a slice of pepperoni pizza. And in the afternoon, Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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 youâ€™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 youâ€™re doing it in another city or another country. As usual, of course, there are a few ways of ensuring youâ€™re saving money on your ride. Letâ€™s talk about rentals first.
Sent me some information on their new hip bags, perfect for riding in NYC.
Message from wheelmencompany- “Our newest product is the Chutney Hip-Bag. The bag is available in 3 colorways,
and its durable waxed canvas exterior, 1000 denier nylon lining and includes a
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Poor officer Patrick Pogan. Remember him? He was the rookie cop who delivered the shocking body blow to Christopher long in Time’s Square during a critical mass ride. Officer Pogan wasn’t really overreacting, rather following along with an pattern of violent behavior by the NYPD against a group bike ride, they just don’t like. We know this because this wasn’t the first time someone was violently arrested in Times Square. Recently cyclists were awarded 97,000.00 for similar behavior.
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
By JOHN ELIGON
Published: April 19, 2010
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.
Read the whole story here.
Jefferson Sigel, has also been shooting photographs for the NY Daily News. Here is there coverage from the start of the Pogan trail.
(photo by Jefferson Sigel)
Ex-cop who body-slammed cyclist off his bike is portrayed by his defense as ‘clueless rookie’
BY Oren Yaniv
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
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.
The Trail continues today when Christopher Long will take the stand.
111 Centre Street (3 blocks south of Canal St.), room 733. Starting around 10am
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.