Sunday November 15th, 2009
11:00am – 3:00pm
336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Continuing to celebrate NYCâ€™s unique cycling culture, The New York Bike Jumble has once again partnered with Brooklynâ€™s The Old Stone House to chronicle the new generation of urban riders.
On Sunday, November 15th from 11:00am – 3:00pm at The Old Stone House, professional photographer Keiko Niwa will photograph cyclists alongside their bikes. Along with receiving a hi-res image for personal use, cyclists can also be profiled on the New York Bike Jumble website showing off their bike and telling others why they choose to ride.
Bike commuters, recreational cyclists and families are invited to have their picture taken and record your beloved bike, memorialize your adventures or even have a picture taken for insurance purposes. Whatever the reason, weâ€™ll take that picture for FREE!
NY Bike Jumble founder Harry Schwartzman will be on hand to answer questions about bike maintenance and finding great deals on new and used bikes. We will also have free homemade cookies!
See you there!
Contact: Frank Lentini, 917.699.5450 / email@example.com
About Keiko Niwa
Keiko Niwa has been making photos for over 10 years. She comes from a family of photographers and grew up surrounded by photography in her fathersâ€™ studio in NYC. Keiko started her career in commercial still life photography and soon realized her passions lay photographing real life and not still life. She has expanded into weddings, events and child photography. Her work has been published on multiple popular wedding blogs, print ads and catalogues. Keiko’s photographic interests are always expanding and evolving. Visit her website and blog for updated work: www.keikoniwaphotography.com
About the Old Stone House
The Old Stone House is a modern reconstruction of the Vechte-Cortelyou House, a 1699 Dutch stone farmhouse with important ties to American history. Today, the Old Stone House is operated as a historic interpretive center dedicated to its crucial role in the American Revolution and in the evolving histories of Brooklyn, New York and the United States. The Old Stone House serves as a dynamic community resource through its education programs and events. In addition to historical exhibits open to the public, the House is available by appointment for tours, classes and rentals.
Thursday, 11/12 6:30 PM
The James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall
Broadway at West 117th St, (Manhattan)
With the recent turn to pedestrian zones, bike lanes and greenways in New York and in many cities around the world, there is a growing sense that a new kind of urbanism is possible, one no longer dominated by the culture and politics of the automobile. â€œRights of Wayâ€ will examine the issues surrounding bikes and pedestrianization, and will explore sustainability, finance, public health, and the ways in which the street can serve as a fulcrum in debates about public space and urban life.
David Smiley, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Barnard College
Noah Budnick, Transportation Alternatives
Richard R. Gonzalez, Urban Design Lab at The Earth Institute
Margaret Newman, NYC Department of Transportation
Linda Pollak, Marpillero Pollak Architects
Sheila Somashekhar, Sustainable South Bronx
Clear2Go(TM) is giving one lucky winner the chance to win a bike ride with our partner, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong! The prize includes a sweet TREKÂ® bike and a 3-day, 2-night trip for two to Austin, TX where you’ll have the chance to take a solo ride with Lance while your lucky guest unwinds!
Head to the Ride With Lance Sweepstakes page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/C2GoRideWLance) to enter for a chance to win and learn how to secure your own Clear2Go(TM) water bottle with filter (Lance has one!). You can earn extra entries into the sweeps by taking part in our Photo Flashes!
Here is an article from the Miami Herald that shows how their monthly critical mass ride is improving cycling.
The monthly Critical Mass bike ride through some of Miami’s busiest streets has grown substantially over the summer and fall.
BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI
We are riding our bicycles right down the middle of Flagler Street at dusk, 180 or so strangers and I, and the feeling is slightly illicit and totally exhilarating.
Traveling in a solid mass, we occupy nearly the full width of the street, to the astonishment of a knot of early evening drunks outside an East Little Havana cafeteria who whoop and screech, in a mix of delight and derision, as cyclist after cyclist rolls by.
It’s safe to say they have never seen a spectacle quite like this, and neither has Miami.
We have taken to the road — actually, we have taken the road — in the monthly Miami Critical Mass ride, a festive display of cyclist power that has grown exponentially over the summer and into the fall.
On this sweltering Friday evening, we are traffic. By design, the sheer mass of cyclists keeps motorists at bay as the group follows a 15-mile circuit at a moderate pace through downtown Miami, Little Havana and into Coral Gables, then back downtown through Coconut Grove.
Here is a lengthy press release:
CRANKSGIVING 11 November 21, 2009 2pm
Madison Square Park, New York City
For over a decade, the New York Bike Messenger Foundation (NYBMF), a 501(c) 3, has successfully organized Cranksgiving, a charitable alleycat race held in New York City. During the race each bicycle racer navigates his or her way to numerous grocery stores spread out across Manhattan, purchases designated food items at each store, arrives at the finish line with a bag full of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients â€“ and, finally — donates all of the purchased food to a homeless shelter.
With 106 racers, last year was the biggest Cranksgiving to date, and New York City’s largest alleycat for 2008. Over $1000 worth of food was donated to Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen on the Lower East Side and, in addition, two women & children’s charities (Nazareth Housing & Hudson Guild) received over 100 jars of baby food each. Additionally, $1682 was raised for City Harvest and $420 was raised for NYBMF. With an anticipated 200 racers, it is hoped that twice as much food will be donated in time for 2009â€™s Thanksgiving celebration.
On November 21, 2009 at 2pm, Cranksgiving racers will convene at Madison Square Park at the entrance of Madison Avenue and 25th street to register for the race. Here, they will plan their routes according to the race manifest which details the supermarket locations and required checkpoints. The race will begin promptly at 3pm and finish at Saint Maryâ€™s Soup Kitchen located at 440 Grand Street in Manhattan at approximately 4pm.
Sponsors including Kryptonite, Seagull Bags, Milwaukee Bikes, HoldFast, and Outlier have already donated prizes for participants, ensuring a highly competitive and exciting race turn out. It is hoped that corporate sponsors will also recognize the significance of their contributions to the causes of City harvest as well as the NYBMF and donate funds to help us raise more than the total rasied in 2009.
Bicycle Messengers, commuters and recreational cyclists looking to do a greater good will compete against one another in this city wide alleycat format race, while donating food for less fortunate New Yorkers this holiday season. All one needs to do to participate is show up, register, and race!
Pete Kocher and Jessica Murray, started the bike shop, Ride Brooklyn, during a bad recession and against better judgment. Seems like business is doing great, not only in NYC but around the country.
Here is a story from wnyc.org which I overheard this morning.
But also how the bicycle industry is booming.
Story: Cycling = Ka-Ching!
Growing Culture of Commuting on Two Wheels Drives Up Bicycle Sales
by Ilya Marritz
NEW YORK, NY November 10, 2009 â€”An economy that’s headed downhill is not a good thing. But a bicycle going downhill picks up speed. And the bicycle business has been up in the past year. As WNYC’s Ilya Marritz reports, it’s counter-cyclical.
REPORTER: Starting a business last spring was a foolish thing to do, and Pete Kocher knew it. The bank told him so.
KOCHER: They’re like, oh you guys arenâ€™t gonna be able to get a loan.
REPORTER: But rather than accept a bank’s assessment that a new bike shop in Park Slope was likely to fail, Kocher decided to move ahead. He hit up friends and relatives for money, and put everything else he needed on plastic.II
I’m a Brooklyn-based artist (and cyclist) and my most recent piece, A History of Cycling in Brooklyn is currently on display at the Brooklyn Historical Society. (128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street Brooklyn, New York 11201) It’s a piece of public art (video installation) that tries to convey the rich relationship between Brooklyn and the bicycle from 1880 to today. It’s interactive in the sense that anyone can contribute to it. You can get a sense of it here: www.brooklyncycling.com.