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Bicycle Film Festival is looking for an intern in NYC

please contact:
heather@bicyclefilmfestival.com
or call (212) 255-6102

if interested.

Thursday, Rights of Way-Panel Discussion on the bikes and pedestrians in NYC

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. “Rights of Way” 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.

MODERATOR
David Smiley, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Barnard College

PANELISTS
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

Enter to win a ride with Lance Armstrong

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Check this out:

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 TREK® 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!

NYC Halloween Alleycat 2009

NYC Halloween Alleycat 2009 from Diablo

Miami critical mass going strong

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
aviglucci@MiamiHerald.com

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.

Read the whole article and see the video here.

also visit: miafixed.com
and miamibikescene.blogspot.com for info on the local Miami bike scene.

Cranksgiving is November 21st.

The annual alleycat that races to get food to feed the hungry.

cranksgiving.org

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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 – 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 2009’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 Mary’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!

Video of Time’s Up event: Pedal to Paddle.

Steve McMaster, sent this video of one of Time’s Up many events. This was a bike ride to a Kayak swim on the East River.

Story about Bicycle Industry doing well in this economy

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.

Audio:
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 —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 aren’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

Get the rest of the story here.

A History of Cycling, interactive display by Eric Corriel

Got this message from artists Eric Corriel:

“Michael,
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.

Sincerely,
Eric Corriel”

On display now until January 3rd, 2010

NY Times reviews Balance Bikes for kids

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Yishane Lee, did some product testing for the NY Times on the trend of bikes for kids with no pedals.

Check it this interactive slideshow here.

Some results:

mykinderbike.com -$89.00
Skutt, sold at REI, for $95.00
runbikes.com – $89.99
gliderrider.com $97.00
stridersports.com $98.00