Well it’s that time again, when bike couriers from around the world, duke it out to see who’s the fastest and can remain upright after downing the most beers. This year, its Saki shots as the world’s bike messengers descend upon TOKYO Japan.
The CMWC (Cycle Courier World Championships) is September 19th-23rd.
Two DJ’s from the eclectic radio station WFMU are about to make radio history.
Here’s the scope:
Monday, September 28th, 2009.
Be a part of the world’s first-ever completely mobile bike-powered radio broadcast: RIDIN’ DIRTY with DJs Marty McSorley and Trent.
We will be doing a radio show live from behind a bike, strapped to an 8-foot trailer, provided by the excellent Band of Bicycles – complete with an on-bike sound system and power generator. The show will be broadcast live on WFMU 91.1fm, and worldwide at WFMU.org.
We have a lot of fun lined up already – mobile liquid love from Delicious Beverages, DJ sets from some of the the thousands of artsy types who live along the route, and bike-blended smoothies at McCarren park.
But we need your help to fill in the blanks!! DO you have an amazing bike-powered invention you’d like to chat about / demonstrate on the air? Do you have a bike-themed DJ set you’d like to contribute via your iPod? Just want to caravan around and cause some trouble? Let us know how you’d like to contribute along the route.
Here is out approximate plan, subject to change, of course.
6 – 8pm – Picnic in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, under Manhattan Bridge, Dumbo
8 – Broadcast starts, caravan heads to Commodore Barry Park (Flushing Ave at Navy Street)
8:30 – 9 – Hang at Commodore Barry Park, with guest DJ sets, live performance
9 – Head up Flushing Ave / Kent Ave towards…..
9:30 (Arrive at) waterfront park at Grand Street and River Street
9:30 – 10 Waterfront park hang / DJ / performance
10:00 head up Kent / N. 11th Street towards…
10:30 (arrive at) McCarren Park soccer field / track
10:30 – 11 McCarren hang / smoothies / wrap up show
Please email: email@example.com ASAP if you’re interested in performing / sharing / caravaning. Please also spread the word to other bike-minded heads who might have something to share, let’s make it happen for REAL!
Any questions, lemme know.
Love + 2 wheels,
Trent, Marty McSorley, Band of Bicycles, + Delicious Beverages
So I will be hosting a live web stream from our parking space as part of Parking Day
Park(ing) Day is an international event that reclaims parking spots and transforms them into engaging, people-friendly public spaces for one day a year. Throughout the city, people will be taking over these spaces and turning them into mini parks, another experiment in having a more livable city.
Bikeblognyc.com, your source for urban bike culture in NYC and beyond is hosting a live web stream from our parking space at 156 Rivington St. (between Clinton and Suffolk St in the Lower East Side of Manhattan)
The idea is that I will be having guests stop by throughout the day, from 9am-5pm and sitting down for 15-20 minute interviews. Think of it as a live talk show, with prominent members of the bicycle community here in NYC. Part of my quest to have more journalistic endeavors and to become the NPR of the bike blog world.
This will be in coordination with Time’s Up, an amazing environmental action and education non-profit that has been providing bike repair workshops and free events for over 20 years.
They sent me a couple of awesome tshirts and a belt.
They print one of my favorite designs:
They have a simple statement on their site describing what they are about:
The Pedal Pushers Club: We ride bikes. And make t-shirts. That’s about all there is to say about that. Need more? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call anytime at 718-314-8353. You can reasonably expect us to answer most of the time during the day and sometimes at night.
Right now they are giving a special offer. When you use the discount code “nycbikeblog” take 20% off.
They can also do vinyl for such things as stickers and they are making me a banner for Friday’s parking day.
Chrome bags, out of San Francisco has been dedicated to making fine quality messenger bags for over 14 years. They know the needs of Urban bikers from the West Coast to Tokyo. Chrome has always been a huge supporter of bike events and messenger style races.
Now they are making a line of clothing including a rugged pair of shoes, perfect for fitting into a toe clip for short trips or long weekend rides.
They are now having a promotion to give away a Raleigh Rush Hour bicycle.
For every order placed, you will be automatically entered to win, from now until the end of September.
DC couriers are getting hit especially hard due to the number of legal documents being electronically filled now.
Here is a recent article in the Washington Post pointed out to me by DC courier and race organizer John Dinn of lesdemoncats.blogspot.com
In Washington, a Two-Tire Industry Goes Flat
Athletic rebels swathed in Lycra, zipping in and out of traffic to beat the delivery deadline, watch their livelihood evaporate.
By Steve Hendrix
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Getting a meticulously prepared legal brief to a courthouse or federal agency on time used to require a bit of comic-book valor. Just before deadline, exhausted lawyers handed off the document to a character in the tight Lycra of a superhero, the shoulder bag of a Pony Express rider and the bulging thighs of an athlete. One of Washington’s legions of bicycle messengers would then dart through perilous traffic and any weather to deliver the goods in the nick of time.
Now, as the last of the area’s courts and agencies begin to allow electronic filings instead of demanding piles of paper, deadline dramas in many law offices are being reduced to little more than hitting the “send” button.
The courier business — for decades a quirky by-product of Washington’s No. 1 industry, paper-pushing — finds itself in rapid decline. Tighter security restrictions imposed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have closed off many government office corridors to couriers, and the recession has dampened activity at law firms and lobbying shops, rendering the life of a time-sensitive document in the District a lot more boring.
The number of full-time couriers in Washington has fallen from a high of about 400 in the 1990s to about 150, said Andy Zalan, a longtime bike messenger and head of the D.C. Bicycle Couriers Association.
Saturday, September 19th is officially international talk like a pirate day.
So NYC is getting on board, with a bike ride.
Time’s Up will be organizing a pirate ride.
Union Square Park South
Summary: Arr, matey… In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we’ll be taking to the streets on our bikes, armed with bad pirate accents and even worse pirate jokes. Don’t forget your eye patch and bandana.