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Vote today

Today was the vote in NYC for Mayor and other positions such as controller and public advocate (whatever that is)
I proudly cast my vote today, because I believe in term limits.
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A couple of other things I noticed about bikes. This is a good way to get the vote out.
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and I noticed Green Party candidate for city council district 37 (Brooklyn) David Pechefsky was offering free pedicab rides for Park Slope residents to be taken to vote. Ride on.

Halloween critical mass

If you have Halloween critical mass photos or video from NYC or around the globe…send them my way, or links.

Famous NYC halloween alleycat-tonight

Time: October 31, 2009 from 3pm to 7pm
Location: NYC
Organized By: Victor

Event Description:
Annual NYC Halloween bike messenger style race, aka alleycat.We will meet at Tompkins SQ park at 3 pm for registration and race about an hour after that.$5 entry fee goes to Grandma whom as you may know was involved in a car accident a couple of weeks ago. Bands are lined up and DJ’s are lined up for the after party and expect the usual(or unusual)shenanigans .dress up in your favorite hero or super villain .there will be a best dressed prize.
Registration at 3 PM
Start at 4 PM
Party at the Wreck Room 10 PM

Caption the photo.

In honor of Halloween, caption the photo:

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Bikers make cross country trip to raise money for MS

Jefferson Siegel sent me this article from the NY Daily News.
*Oct 24 - 00:05*(photo by Jefferson Siegel)
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Anthony Carey and Katrina Allison will begin a year-long cycling odyssey of 14,000 miles through 33 states to raise money for multiple sclerosis.
article:
British bikers to make cross-country trek in United States for charity

BY Christina Boyle
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Sunday, October 25th 2009, 4:00 AM

It’ll be the ride of their lives.

A British couple are embarking on an epic two-wheeled adventure Sunday, leaving New York to cycle the perimeter of the United States during the next 12 months.
London residents Anthony Carey and Katrina Allison plan to ride through 33 states and cover 14,000 miles while raising money for multiple sclerosis.
“I sort of reached that junction in life where I wanted to do something special,” said Carey, 38, a financial consultant.
“Because it’s such a daunting task, I’m pretty sure that every day is going to be something special.”
The lovebirds, who met in New York in 2006, will take a train to Newark this morning before hopping on their touring bikes for the first of many legs.
They plan to cycle an average of 50 miles a day from now to next Sept. 30, when they are scheduled to arrive in Manhattan toned and exhausted – and a lifetime of stories to tell.

“It’s almost as if you’re traveling through loads of different countries and seeing different terrain, different climates,” said Allison, 39, a lawyer.

Read more: here.

Call for artwork…

The Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective and community space in downtown Oakland, CA is looking for submissions:

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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 submission deadline is March 15th.

Send entries to:
gallery@rpscollective.com

Lance’s Art bikes going to Auction.

Looks like there’s going to be an auction. A friend of mine was at Sotheby’s the other day and spied this:
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Get your bids ready for the November 1st auction.

More info here.

Another flyer for Virginia alleycat.

The Halloween alleycat flyers get better and better.

Saw this on allhailtheblackmarket.com

scaredy cat 2009

Congratulations to bike courier, Luk Keller, winner of MCA

From Joe Hendry of Messmedia.org

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 Luk’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 “Goldsprint” 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 “organizes races to benefit other people.”

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 year’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 “Tokyo Fundraiser Cup” which challenged messenger communities to organize local fundraisers to help erase the TKBMA’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.”

Bicycle Film Festival, Interview series: Jen Nordhem, Denver

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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.
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-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.

That was then. These days I blog at wellitsirrelevant.wordpress.com which is about everything I love, bikes, veganism, local events, art, a place to support my friends, etc.
I also blog for the local designer boutique thefabriclab.wordpress.com. I’m working on the Femalley Cat is my upcoming race during the BFF for the ladies, femalleycat.wordpress.com And last, but not least, I teach spin classes to metal and punk rock at www.breathedenver.com. new yoga and spin boutique downtown.

-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.

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-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.

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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.

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-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.

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-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.

-anything you’d wished I’d asked you?

My dream boy is Jordan Hufnagel. There, I said it.