Forget that silly little conference in Copenhagen deciding on a plan to tackle such a trivial thing like the climate of the planet…this is the real controversy. The removal of a bike lane in Brooklyn, the most egregious act to hit the cycling world since Ed Koch tried to ban bikes from Midtown Manhattan.
First the bike lanes were removed.
Then some citizens decided to paint them back.
Then they got busted for criminal mischief.
Then there was a ton of press on the issue.
Then Sunday the 13th, Time’s Up clown brigade organized a “mock funneral,” for the dearly departed bike lane.
Then, there was threat of a Naked bike ride protest in the assumption that the bike lane removal from a predominately Hasidic Jewish community was directly related to claims of too many scantily clad cyclists going thru.
and Transportation Alternatives protested the protesting of the protest, saying this is very divisive and antagonistic.
The winner of last week’s ipod touch contest is this gem from Kevin Dillard.
The theme of the week was: The most loaded bike, and this one from Slaughterama in Richmond, VA shows off a nice load of people trying to fit on one bike, which is one of the events of this awesome gathering of bike freaks. Although I really like this attempt from the previous weeks winner, Brian Griggs which really plays on the theme of loaded.
Kevin wins 1000 points towards the ipod and a beenie hat from the movie B.I.K.E.
will give Brian 100 points for the nice attempt and this submission from Ed Boyak which is slightly more fitting:
So here are how things stand:
Brian Griggs has 1100 points
Kevin Dillard has 1000 points and
Ed Boyak has 100 points.
And now for this weeks theme:
We are looking for photos of someone riding while talking on their phone or using an ipod. Now Bikeblognyc, does not condone this behavior, but we know it exists, so the more egregious the better. Feel free to stage these photos, creativity counts but more points if you get a good “gotcha” of someone txting while riding or straight up, no hands riding will playing a new iphone app in one hand and answering their nextel in the other.
This weeks prize is a DVD of the documentary B.I.K.E., who are also makers of the new Tall Bike Joust App.
(photo by: Fred Askew Photography)
Timeâ€™s Upâ€™s 12th ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE BIKE RIDE
& OUTDOOR AFTER PARTY
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Meet 10:30pm at Washington Square Park,
under the Arch
New York City Time’s Up.org
Start the year off right- on your bike or skates! Don’t get stuck in a smoky bar or some corporate-sponsored event! Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in the great outdoors with Music! Dancing! Rude Mechanical Orchestra Marching Band! Fireworks! and Great Merriment!
We’ll be riding up to Belvedere Castle in the middle of Central Park for the best (and free!) New Year’s Eve dance party in town with marching band, Rude Mechanical Orchestra and fireworks! Dress festive–don’t forget your noisemakers and party favors–and bring food and drink to share!
Alternate Manhattan pick-up points:
10:50 p.m. at Madison Square Park, 23rd and Broadway, Flatiron side **If you don’t want to do the ride, you can just meet us at 11:45pm at Belvedere Castle.
Meet 10:00pm at Brooklyn-side entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge **Ending with a huge party with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra and fireworks at Belvedere Castle in Central Park (at 79th St.)
Make your New Year’s Eve resolution a pledge for your health as well as the planet’s by reducing your global footprint. Make a resolution to support your environment and non-profit groups like Time’s Up!
Click here to make a tax-deductable donation.
There is a Ghost Bike Dedication for Solange Raulston tonight, aka DJ Reverend Soul, who was killed on Nassau last week.
Just caught this last minute..
We will be gathering at 8pm this Sunday on the corner of Bedford Ave and N6th St. to commemorate a “Ghost Bike” for our dear friend and compatriot Solange Raulston.
Immediately following this we will all march down Bedford Ave. in a joyous parade of remembering for Solange. Horn players please bring your horns and raise a glorious noise!
More about Ghost Bikes here: http://www.ghostbikes.org/new-york-city
The parade will end at Bembe where Solange would spin her fantastic sets of soul music week after week. DJ Jesse Mann has written a beatiful description of the night here: facebook.com/event
In August, NYC cyclist Gabe Allen suffered a severe brain injury in an accident on vacation in San Francisco. He has been receiving medical care on the West coast and is trying to come back East. Last week he had a raffle of a Maietta Cycling custom bike.
Saturday, Gabe picked the winner.
They raised more than $14,000 through 700+ tickets!
Check out the latest in wheel technology from MIT’s SENSEable City Lab.
The “Copenhagen Wheel” somehow stores energy from braking and saves it for when cyclists need a boost.
From Wired Magazine: (article by: David Banks)
“During the climate conference in Copenhagen on Tuesday, MITâ€™s SENSEable City Laboratory announced a new project for bicycles that uses an energy recovery technology similar to a program used in Formula One racing.
The project, called the Copenhagen Wheel, is a regenerative brake that captures kinetic energy created under braking and stores the power in batteries for use later, similar to the KERS program used by some Formula One teams. The stored power is controlled by the bikeâ€™s operator, via a smart phone. When facing a climb (or when feeling tired or just lazy) the cyclist can release the energy to attain a limited power assist. The wheel can be retrofitted to any bike and – via the smart phone interface – also provides traffic and road conditions, exercise data and miles logged.”