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Amsterdam maybe for 2011, CMWC

Not to think too far ahead but if the world is going to end in 2012,
Maybe Amsterdam isn’t a bad place to go out with a bang.

Looks like their working on a bid:

www.cmwc2011amsterdam.blogspot.com/ front-2011

Keep

NYC, Fox news Affiliate’s anchor, Ernie Anastos is keeping in theme with celebrity outbursts with this quote:

Just look at the expression on his co-anchor’s face:
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Hilarious.

Meanwhile it looks as if Shino has come back from breaking both legs to won the alleycat at this years CMWC in Tokyo…still need to confirm this.

Here is some celebration video from hkfixed.blogspot.com

CMWC 2009 : Sept 22 from B9T on Vimeo.

Man, Shino, You’re an animal…keep “FUCKING that Chicken!”

Thursday, Time

Great event this Thursday, 9/24/09

Time’s Up is having another Dance Party Ride with great tunes blasting out of their sound bike.

Meet at Tompkin’s Square Park at 7:00pm

This ride will then head over to:

HANDS OFF UNION SQUARE PARK PAVILION!
CREATIVE INTERVENTION ON THURSDAY NIGHT!

WHAT: Funky Protest Cheese Party to interrupt Union Square
Partnership’s Harvest in the Square, an annual private
self-congratulatory dinner for Those Who Would Privatize the Pavilion.
WHERE: South end of Union Square.
WHEN: Thursday, September 24th at 8:00pm.
OR Join the Times Up! Soul and Funk Ride, at Thompkins Square Park at
7:00pm, and ride from there (times-up.org)

KEEP PUBLIC PARKS PUBLIC!
PARKS ARE FOR PEOPLE NOT FOR PROFIT!

Background:
Danny Meyer and the Union Square Partnership have plans to turn the
Pavilion building at the north end of this park – a public building
built with public money for public use – into a private upscale
restaurant, a plan that has been aided and abetted by councilwoman
Rosie Mendez, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. These plans ignore the
noble history of that very special place, and, perhaps worse, ignores
the needs and desires of the residents of the Union Square area, and
indeed all of New York City.

The area around Union Square has the highest density of restaurants in
the entire city.

New York City has the least amount of public space per capita of any
city in the country.

The Union Square Park Pavilion is seen by many as the birthplace of
the Labor Movement. It has historically been used as a children’s
play space, a community gathering place and a center of free speech
and free assembly.

LEARN MORE:
unionsquarenotforsale.wordpress.com
www.saveunionsquare.org
www.unionsquarepartnershipsucks.org

TAKE ACTION:

Contact Rosie Mendez and tell her NO restaurants in Union Square Park
District Office Phone
212-677-1077
Legislative Office Phone
212-788-7366

Escape from New York.

I know what comes to mind,
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Think again,
This is the 15th annual signature event for the New York Cycle Club
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

General Description: (from their site)
Escape the crowds and ride out of Manhattan into our favorite cycling territory: the West Hudson Highlands.

Choose one of three beautiful, well-marked routes of 50, 65 or 100 miles, all beginning and ending in Manhattan. Each route offers picture-postcard views of the Hudson River and Palisades as you cross the George Washington Bridge and ride through the hidden pleasures of Bergen and Rockland Counties.

Enjoy the support and hospitality of The New York Cycle Club. This is the day our club goes all out to deliver a food-filled, fun-filled and fabulous day of riding to our brethren in the cycling community.

This year’s ride profits will benefit both Recycle-A-Bicycle, a youth training and environmental education initiative, and Transportation Alternatives, advocates for non-polluting, quiet, city-friendly travel.

or you might enjoy the fix-a-flat contest:
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Escape New York, NY Cycle Club “signature ride,” is Sat. Sept. 26. Start: 7, 8 and 9 a.m. Finish 1 p.m. onward. Location: Sakura Park, 122d & Riverside opposite Grants Tomb.
FYI — We’ve already got about ONE THOUSAND riders registered for Escape NY. Could it be the grand prizes in the raffle? They are fabulous: a VBT cycling vacation in Tuscany…and a Trek Madone bike.

Only gourmet fuel will do for our participants: H&H bagels, City Bakery pastries, Gelato Guiliana, FUZE, etc: www.nycc.org/eny/index.shtml#FOOD

Contacts day of ride:
Ellen Jaffe, ENY chair, cell: 917 620.8428
Grace Lichtenstein, PR NYCC: cell 505 463-1564

Call or email anytime for more,
Grace Lichtenstein
pr@nycc.org

Grace Lichtenstein
PR coordinator, NY Cycle Club
212 580-3285 (landline)
505 463-1564 (cell)

This week INTERBIKE

This week its Interbike, The premiere bicycle tradeshow and convention, in the most unfriendly bicycle place in the US…Las Vegas.

viva las vegas

Tomorrow will be the first interbike, bicycle Tweet-up…
Check it out biketweetup.blogspot.com

Here’s an article from Bicycling Magazine’s Blog.

Las Vegas can use all the help it can get according to this article in Time Magazine.

Maybe the fall of Vegas is a good indication that it really isn’t important to water lawns and fill up the pond of the fake Eifel Tower in the middle of the desert, in the worst environmental crisis of our time. Probably more of an indication of just how un-environmentally conscious the bicycle industry really is, by choosing to repeatedly have their convention in the motherland of US excess and over-consumption. Just saying.

David Byrne at Barnes and Noble tomorrow.

David Byrne will be speaking at Barnes and Noble in Union Square,
9/22/09 (Tuesday)

To promote his new book Bicycle Diaries

New York, NY: 22 September 2009 @7pm, Barnes & Noble Union Square
* Civic Leader: Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation
* Urban Theorist: Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder of Terrefuge & Terreform ONE; on faculty at Columbia University and Parsons
* Bicycle Advocate: Paul Steely White, Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives

pictures from Tokyo

Prolly’s put up some pictures from the 2009 Cycle Messenger World Championships:

Including one of our own Champ in NYC, Austin:
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More pictures on flickr.
(got this randomly off twitter)
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Article on New Zealander going to worlds:

My life in sport: Ezra Phillips
New Zealand Herald, ‎September 17, 2009‎

Twenty seven-year-old Aucklander Ezra Phillips will carry the hopes and dreams of the nation in his satchel when he competes in the 17th world bicycle courier championships in Tokyo, starting tomorrow.

The event simulates real-life courier work, but will be held over a closed circuit around the Tokyo port area.
Phillips, the country’s only competitor, is aiming to qualify for the main race after three unsuccessful bids.
A lack of depth is being blamed for New Zealand’s problems in challenging for the coveted title.
Cycle courier numbers in Auckland have dropped from 50 to less than 20 in recent years as faxes and emails take over.
New Zealand’s competitive bicycle courier scene is also facing problems similar to those of rugby – the only other Kiwi entered for Tokyo lives overseas.
It is not all bad news however. Phillips’ fellow Aucklander Jenna Macgill won the women’s world title in Toronto last year.
But in a major blow for the sport, Macgill has quit the bicycle courier big leagues for university life and will not travel to Tokyo.

Is this a legitimate sport?
It is highly unusual but it is also becoming more common … worldwide it is a legitimate sport. Some organisers don’t allow non-couriers to enter but I reckon the more the merrier. We had the Eye in the Sky race around Auckland a few months ago, which was good fun.
Could it be described as orienteering at a faster clip but without the clipboard?
Yeah, it is pretty much city orienteering on a bike. It’s like your first day at work. You don’t know where you are going unless you knuckle down and study your map. The world championships are held over five days – first day is a practice run and then qualifying.

Qualifying is the hardest part. Some years there are up to 2000 trying to get in and only a total of 50 to 100 males and females qualify.
There are a number of different disciplines apart from the main race such as skills where you do things like backwards circles … there is another that is like drag racing where you hop on a roller and go up against an opponent to see who does the fastest quarter mile. You are on a stage and the audience is below, cheering you on.
Then there is the alley cats section – I’m not sure if Tokyo will have alley cats because it’s a bit of a grey area with the police. It’s an actual courier race through the streets. They give you a map with 15 points to get to.
Wouldn’t there be too much home advantage in alley cats? If a Japanese person didn’t win it in Tokyo that would indicate there is something seriously wrong with their courier riding.
Usually the locals don’t race.
I should think not. Moving forward … what’s your best finish?
Last year I missed out by one minute to qualify. I’d better qualify this year or else it’s going to get a bit depressing.

Absolutely. There is a lot riding on this. The knives will be sharpened. What about Sparc – can you score any money from that lot or are they too obsessed with the Olympics?

You have to be an association to get Sparc money. Maybe one day.

What got you into courier work?

I saw a documentary on Singapore Airlines about bike couriers riding around Auckland. That gave me the bug so I moved up from Tauranga seven years ago.

So you left sunny Tauranga so you could ride around Auckland on a bike all day. It doesn’t get much better than that, but just in case, have you had a worst moment?

A car T-boned me. I’ve been under a few cars.

Some competitive cyclists have told me that Auckland drivers are the worst in the world. Any comment? Are we that bad?

Yeah, I’d agree with that. They don’t indicate for three seconds and they do u-turns left, right and centre. I drive a car after hours and I try to practice what I preach. I’m actually more scared of the other drivers when I’m in my car on the motorway than riding my bike around.

Career ambition?

Become the world champ at least once and maybe get into track racing at some stage.

If you weren’t a courier what would you be doing?

Maybe a kayak instructor. Something outdoors.

Proudest competitive achievement?

Coming first equal in the alley cats in 2007 with another Kiwi rider. We were in good form and we worked as a team.

Sounds like that dodgy F1 stuff … what’s the best thing about your job?

The freedom to ride my bike, and meeting lots of different people.

Favourite course?

The Red Bull Eye in the Sky in Auckland.

Hobbies?

Kayaking and rock climbing.

Childhood hero?

A tough one …

I suppose we’ve had a dearth of famous courier riders to hero worship over the years?

I know … the closest I can think of to a childhood hero is Luke Skywalker

Speaking of which, who would play you in a movie?

Ohhh … someone short and cheeky.

Do you feel your sport gets enough public attention?

No, not really.

Come on. Let’s be honest. It doesn’t get any public attention, does it?

It does now thanks to you.

How long will you keep pursuing the world title dream?

So long as I can ride. It would be nice to have some fellow competitors. It would be good to go as a team. My girlfriend Melanie Douglas is going to Tokyo to film me although unfortunately cameras are not allowed on the actual course this year. We’re hoping to put out a doco film at some stage.

We’ll all know a lot more about it then, but what do people say about your sport now?

A lot of people tell me to go hard and don’t come back unless I win.

What’s the strangest item you’ve ever had to deliver?

I think it was some body parts from a hospital to a Remuera doctor.

What were the parts and did you ride particularly carefully?

No idea. They were in a chilly bin. I took every precaution.

article in NZ hearld
thanks to Joe Hendry of MessMedia

The Post: We’re Screwed…YES MEN at it again

We’re Screwed!
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Those fine culture jamming and Agitpropmasters, the “Yes Men” who brought you the fake NY Times, were at it again, this time making a NY Post highlight some real issues instead of outbursts form Kayne West…
Climate Change.

New Yorkers woke up today to see this issue bombard their senses and expose a real threat. According to Gothamist, over 85,000 printed editions were distributed city-wide.

You can read the whole thing at: http://nypost-se.com (it appears to be getting overloaded-or the Real Post is trying to shut it down)

More from Gawker.
and from the Yes Men’s Blog.

Video of event:

“SPECIAL EDITION” NEW YORK POST from The Yes Men on Vimeo.

Hey, that’s my friend Jesse Epstein!
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The Yes Men will be doing a demo tomorrow to help you survive the changing climate: (from Gothamist)
“in Stuy Cove Park, just north of East 20th Street on the East River, to demonstrate their post-apocalyptic SurvivaBall, “a self-contained living system—truly, a gated community for one. If you have a SurvivaBall, even if everyone else is dying, at least you can weather all storms.”
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There is also a new documentary coming about the dangers of a warmer planet, which asks the important question, “How Stupid are we…”
The AGE OF STUPID
Which is having its global premiere in 550 cities over the next two days. Today is the one in New York. To find out where its showing go here.
Trailer:

This film is in preperation for the successor to the Kyoto Treaty, the next UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Parking day in the dailynews

Got a nice photo in the Daily News.
(thanks for pointing it out Jefferson Siegel)

This was for park(ing) day 9/18/09 and our live web cast.

Green vs. Machine: Environmental advocates occupy parking spaces around Manhattan

BY MIRELA IVERAC AND CORKY SIEMASZKO
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Saturday, September 19th 2009, 4:00 AM

(photo by Jefferson Siegel/daily news)

“A group fighting to take back the streets from cars won a skirmish Friday in the struggle of man vs. machine.
Armed with city permits and lots of quarters, activists enlisted by Transportation Alternatives occupied 51 parking places around the city – and held on to them all day.
They turned those islands of asphalt into art galleries, performance spaces, and gathering spots for supporters who want to make the city “cleaner and greener.”
“In some cases, people were running their offices out of those spots while they fed the meter,” said Paul Steely White, the group’s head honcho.

Read the entire article here.

Ok, Times up or bikeblognyc didn’t get a mention, but we did get a photo and had the only live webcast at parking day.

Parking Day a big success

Parking day was a huge success. Lots of great guests throughout the day. I hope to make the individual performances and interviews available on line. Soon as I get back from a family gathering at the Jersey Shore.