This is a call for work – Artists, Thinkers, Creators – We seek your human-powered machines, bicycle-based inventions, and interactive kinetic sculpture. In May of 2010, Rock Paper Scissors Collective is hosting BEYOND BICYCLES, a celebration of the art, science, and politics of harnessing human power. Our inspiration is the bicycle, a simple machine that has transformed our experience of moving through the world. We see the bicycle as possibility, the tip of the big ol’ iceberg of human potential energy.
BEYOND BICYCLES will be an exhibition documenting the many ingenious uses of human power past and present. The Gallery space at Rock Paper Scissors Collective is limited so large works will only be displayed during opening night. Our month long exhibition will consist of a collection large color photographs of works, accompanied by a printed zine. There will also be a web zine which will be more extensive than the printed version.
The International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations (IFBMA) is pleased to announce that Zurich messenger Luk Keller has been awarded the 2009 “Markus Cook Memorial Award” (MCA) for Services to the International Messenger Community. The IFBMA has awarded the Markus Cook Award (MCA) since 1998 to the person who has inspired and empowered the wider messenger community, and who put all messengers before themselves.
For over ten years messengers around the world have benefited from Lukâ€™s commitment to community. He was one of the organizers of one the most influential Cycle Messenger World Championships, CMWC 1999, the race that brought â€œGoldsprintâ€ roller racing to the international messenger community. Luk has also been a driver behind many other major events such as the Swiss Messenger Championships and the X Days Side Show.
But Luk is much more than an ordinary race organizer. Human Powered Rollercoaster champion, Dirk Dijkhuis notes that Luk â€œorganizes races to benefit other people.â€
Nothing demonstrates that more than the annual Global Gutz benefit race which was created by Luk and others in 2000. Global Gutz is a race that occurs simultaneously around the world so that messengers can race against the each other without leaving their city. Funds raised from the race are used to send the winners to the current yearâ€™s CMWC. The base for Global Gutz organizing has passed around the world over the years, returning to Zurich this year as Luk took the reigns of organization once again in 2009.
After a very successful CMWC 2009 in Tokyo. The Tokyo Bike Messenger Association (TKBMA) found themselves about $34,000 in debt. Luk stepped forward to again to benefit others. He announced the â€œTokyo Fundraiser Cupâ€ which challenged messenger communities to organize local fundraisers to help erase the TKBMAâ€™s debt. The city that raises the most money will receive a trophy as the most supportive city and two free registrations for the 2010 Cycle Messenger World Championships in Panajachel Guatemala.
As fellow 2009 Markus Cook Award nominee, Steve Froehlich said, this year has once again shown the world that, Luk “is the spirit of our community.”
The next stop for the bicycle film festival is another first time city, Denver. October 28th-31st, which also coincides with another great event for this Halloween weekend.
In my ongoing series in interviewing festival directors I spoke with Jen Nordhem who is a strong figure in the local Denver bicycle community. Here is our interview.
-Name. Age, where you live (ride)
Jen “Hurricane” Nordhem, 25, Denver
-what bikes do you own?
Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel Road bike, Cannondale Capo brakeless.
-what will be your next bike purchase?
Ha! I’m so broke. I wish I could buy a cross bike, anyone want to sponsor me? I’m fast!
-what’s been your involvement in local bike culture? Hosting races? Blogging? Etc.
Oh, God. Here we go…
I was a courier in my hometown of Chicago, then moved here to Denver and worked as a courier until a year ago. My ex-boyfriend and I started CycleJerks.com which is now just up there on the internet, dead. We threw some pretty epic races, Gang Bang was the largest alley cat Denver’s ever seen. It was three events total: a short alleycat, a dusk til dawn scavenger hunt, and a brunch/awards/beermosa party. Tons of fun.
-what is the local scene like? Fixed gear?, messenger events, group rides? Critical mass? Bike polo?
Denver is this weird cycling vortex. We’ve never played polo, but bike soccer instead, until 6 months ago when the polo club Mallet Mafia started. Critical Mass is non existent but The Denver Cruisers ride every Wednesday reels in around a thousand people. A lot of people live car free, I only know a couple people with cars and they barely get used. With the mountains nearby there’s a lot of culture crossover, fixed gear kids also have road bikes or mountain bikes. Personally, I’ll ride my track bike in the city and then will jump into a kit and ride my road bike to the mountains.
-what got you involved in the BFF?
The previous organizers couldn’t hang and resigned with three weeks until the event. So they called me.
-has the BFF been to Denver before?
This is BFF’s first year in Denver! A couple friends have organized Denver Film Cycle, a similar project, for the past few years and they always tried to get the BFF here, so it’s really exciting that we finally get to have this international festival in our city.
-what’s going to be going on for festival ? Street party, rides? Art show?, alleycat?
Thursday is Joyride, the BFF traveling art show. We’re making it our own with five local artists doing live painting: Scot Lefavor, Sam Turner, Chris Huth, Josh Wills, and Aron Dubois. Also, with bicycle art pieces from Sandra Fettingis, April Farnum and Adam Sikorski and music from DJ Soup. This will all go down from 7-11pm at Lisa Kowalski Gallery, 2762 Walnut.
Films are Friday and Saturday at Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli, six programs in all. Purchase tickets in advance here.
On Saturday at 1pm I’m throwing an alleycat, The Femalley Cat. The main race is ladies only but the post race event, The Femalley Drag, is open to men under one condition, they dress in women’s clothing. Details at femalleycat.wordpress.com. After the films we’re all going back to Lisa Kowalski Gallery for raffle giveaways, a costume contest, and dancing to DJ Tyler Snow.
Sunday we will be lurking in the park, playing Bike Soccer and Bike Polo at Civic Center Park at 1pm.
-who’s coming out?
E’rbody! When I was at Veloswap my friend handed a program to an older couple who responded, “We are already coming down from Aspen!” How cool is that?
-any local films or filmakers in this years festival?
Yup! Justin Godfrey directed and I filmed the short Trackstand Off for Cycle Jerks, also Fixie Dave is from Colorado.
-what do you hope people ride away with from the festival?
Inspiration. Inspiration to ride this winter, to try their first race, to never buy a car, to become an advocate.
-good places for cyclists to hang out at?
Pablo’s Coffee for a group ride meet up at 6th and Washington. For the hipsters, Sputnik for Sunday mimosas at Broadway and Elsworth, or 3 Kings Tavern for 40oz’s down the street for the rockers. Watercourse for veggie eats (10% off if you ride!) at E 17th Ave and Emerson. The Shoppe for yummy treats at E Colfax and St. Paul. Breathe for metal and punk rock spin classes and yoga for cyclists, taught by cyclists, at 27th and Arapahoe.
-how is the bike infrastructure? What needs the biggest improvements?
We have a couple bike only paths that are in great condition year round, no complaints there. Maybe bike lanes on some busier streets, but that’s the only improvement I can think of. There are even bike lanes that lead all the way to the foothills. Yeah, I guess we kind of have it made here.
-your future cycling goals?
I love competing, this spring I’m going to have my first racing season. That was the plan last year but then I went on 42 Ride. Actually, I raced my first crit this summer after riding 1000 miles to Illinois, 3rd place in a field of Cat 3’s. I was pretty psyched.
The track bike race series in Prospect Park, finishes up this Friday, October 30th with Match Sprints.
Here is a break down of the standing in the A group and Woman’s Field (B group wasn’t available)
A Field Points Break Down After Week 3
26 – Jody Pogue
26 – Giancarlo Bianchi
23 – Pete
21 – K-Tel
20 – Murray
18 – Anthony
15 – Neil Bezdek
15 – Brett Clever
15 – Jared Bunde
12 – Cooper Ray
12 – John L
11 – Tito
10 – Paul B.
10 – Lucca
8 – McLean
3 – Dave Trimble
3 – Ron
2 – Mattio
Just to name a few, Then there are a ton of Alleycat Races, starting off with NYC.
REGISTRATION 8:00pm – 9:00pm @ The “Ghettodrome” Hooker St, Lower Allston **$10
RACE 9:00pm(SHARP) – 10:30pm
AFTERPARTY 10:30 – “whenever we get tired” (or kicked out… DUH.) whisper me.
**COSTUME EARNS YOU $5 OFF REGISTRATION, so $5 instead.
and yo, don’t bitch that this race costs more than the others, obviously we’re making the rule with intent of encouraging you to dress up/make a larger pot.
(oh and- i know what all of you look like. so if you’re not dressed up in an actual costume i’m going to make you pay extra. don’t try to fool me.)
so do it. OR PAY MORE. choice is yours.
PRIZES = CASH & BEER/FOUR LOKO split between the 1st male/1st female and 2nd overall.
also, Shane from MassBike made the illest custom pentagram/chainring headbadge for 1st place overall. come up to Boston and win the damn thing.
and bike polo
New Orleans: October 30th
more info at nomambo.net
Baltimore: October 31st.
San Francisco: October 31st.
Urban Velo #16 is at the printer, and the new issue will be available online before the ghouls and goblins go home on Halloween night. Subscribe to the print edition and weâ€™ll mail your copy as soon as theyâ€™re available. And remember, you can subscribe to the Podcast version and iTunes will download the new PDF automatically.
The Pittsburgh crew recently had a Ramone’s Tribute alleycat, where participants not only paid homage to the great four cord punk legends…they became them. (thanks to a little help from photo shop)
Boomcrash.org is a blog a couple of good friends of mine started to document street artists response to the real estate boom and devastating crash that so many of us New Yorkers are in the midst of. From crane collapses, foreclosures, development out of control, stalled projects, and gentrification, this site is a visual documentation of New York’s BoomCrash.
About the site: “There is a visual conversation of sorts that has been taking place in the streets of North Brooklyn for some time now. Walk around the empty shells of buildings and the vacant lots and youâ€™ll see what we mean: Stickers, tags, posters, wordsâ€¦
People are already speaking to and about the BoomCrash and have been for a while. Of course they are, of course WE are. After all, if you live in certain parts of this city- Greenpoint and Williamsburg most notably- its hard not to notice what happened and, for some, its impossible not to respond.”
Last Friday, NYC messengers and cyclists came out to help raise money for one of their own, Mike “Grandma” McFadyen who was involved in a serious accident. People came out to the East River Bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn.