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City decided for 2011 CMWC

Looks like Warsaw Poland won the bid for CMWC 2011.

How do you say congratulations in Polish?

Shout out to the Pedalpushersclub.com

Just wanted to give a big shout out to The Pedal Pushers Club

They sent me a couple of awesome tshirts and a belt.
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They print one of my favorite designs:
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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 info@good-tee.com 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.

Caption this photo

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(great art work as seen on Unurth.com

Chrome bags is giving a way a bike

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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.

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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.

Courier industry in decline, especially in DC

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

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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.

Read the rest of the article here.

Saturday is ride like a pirate day.

ARRRRRRRRRGH.
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.
2:30 PM
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.

Looks like Salt Lake City Utah is having one too:

2nd annual Ride Like a Pirate Day : Pirates vs Ninjas from zed bailey on Vimeo.

Check out: Salt Cycle.com
and more on International Talk like a Pirate day: talklikeapirate.com

Bikes on Myrtle

I’m working on Myrtle Ave taking snapshots of the bikers going by:

Time’s Up events September

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1. VIDEO COMMITTEE MEETING
Monday, September 14th, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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2. FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE/ SPACE UPDATE MEETING
Monday, September 14th, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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3. PARK(ing) DAY
Friday, September 18th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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4. GREENING THE GOWANUS
Saturday, September 19th, 10 a.m.
Location TBA
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5. PIRATE RIDE
Saturday, September 19th, 2:30 p.m.
Union Square Park South
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6. BICYCLE CLOWN BRIGADE RIDE
Sunday, September 20th, 2 p.m.
Meet at Washington Square Park under the arch
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7. VOLUNTEER MEETING: CALENDAR AND EVENTS PLANNING
Monday, September 21st, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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8. SOUL & FUNK RIDE
Thursday, September 24th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park
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9. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, September 25th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side
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10. PEDAL TO PADDLE FUN
Saturday, September 26th
Start location and time will be sent to pre-registrants in advance of the ride
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11. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, September 26th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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12. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now in NYC and Brooklyn! **
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Workshops will be held at ABC No Rio which is located at 156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets.
Wednesday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Time’s Up! Brooklyn which is located at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford Avenue
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BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR: here.

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1. VIDEO COMMITTEE MEETING
Monday, September 14th, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Please come and bring your ideas, energy and dedication to Time’s Up! and our environmental mission. Time’s Up! has many different video opportunities. Documenting both the positive environmental change and the corporate destruction of our environment.
Bring snacks to share with others and we promise some exciting news and lots of fun upcoming projects.

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2. FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE/ SPACE UPDATE MEETING
Monday, September 14th, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Time’s Up! needs your help to keep our environmental and bicycling events and workshops growing. The fundraising committee meets once a month to brainstorm and implement creative ideas for sources of funding, including grants, individual donations, parties, membership drives, etc. We’re also looking for funding/in-kind donations for continuing in our present spaces or finding a new space. Please join us for this strategizing meeting with your ideas, energy, and willingness to take concrete action to start raising money.

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3. PARK(ing) DAY
Friday, September 18th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Parking day is a citiwide event where parking spots are reclaimed from idle places for cars to sit into vibrant creative mini parks. We will be in front of ABC No Rio where Time’s Up! hosts bicycle mechanic workshops three days a week. Bikeblognyc, your guide to urban bicycle culture is hosting a live television show as part of Park(ing) Day. Michael Green, creator of bikeblognyc.com will be hosting the show and interviewing members of the bicycle community. Guests will range from politicians to bikeshop owners talking about bicycle culture in NYC and many of the issues reported on in bikeblognyc.
Come by or tune in and be part of this great event turning parking spaces into parks.
Also- At 2 p.m. we’ll be making pirate costumes and decorations for Saturday’s Pirate Ride.

www.parkingday.org

http://times-up.org/calendar/detail.php?calendarid=2397

http://www.bikeblognyc.com/

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4. GREENING THE GOWANUS
Saturday, September 19th, 10 a.m.
Location TBA

Birds, bats, garbage, and plants! Come help Time’s Up! green the Gowanus Canal with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.
Time’s Up! is teaming up again with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to green up the Gowanus Canal! This heavily polluted canal runs through much of Southern Brooklyn and fills neighborhood groups with both concern and hope for a healthier future.
To volunteer for this or subsequent volunteer days, please email: volunteer@gowanuscanalconservancy.org or call the Conservancy at 718-541-4378.

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5. PIRATE RIDE
Saturday, September 19th, 2:30 p.m.
Union Square Park South

Arr, matey… In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we’ll be taking to the streets on our bikes armed with pirate accents and even worse pirate jokes. Don’t forget your eye patch and bandana.

http://talklikeapirate.com/poopdeck35.html

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6. BICYCLE CLOWN BRIGADE RIDE
Sunday, September 20th, 2 p.m.
Meet at Washington Square Park under the arch

Join the Time’s Up! Bicycle Clown Brigade, a group of colorful trickster cyclists as we clear Brooklyn’s new bike lanes of illegally parked cars. We’ll be dancing, lecturing, and handing out dunce caps and gold stars, turning the streets into a roving classroom. Lesson #1: Bike lanes are for bikes!

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-lane-liberation

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7. VOLUNTEER MEETING: CALENDAR AND EVENTS PLANNING
Monday, September 21st, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come be a part of Time’s Up! and help us plan our late summer events!. This is always a fun meeting with a lot of energy. Help suss out upcoming rides and events, including clown rides, garden clean-ups and more. New volunteers welcome.

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8. SOUL & FUNK RIDE
Thursday, September 24th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park

Get on board the Soul Train as we ride and dance through traffic, bringin’ the funk to the heat of the streets where it belongs! Say it loud: I bike and I’m proud!

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9. CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN
Friday, September 25th, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Side

Critical Mass is a spontaneous celebration of what our streets could look like. this fun group ride encourages new cyclists and creates safer streets and new green infrastructure. Strap some music to your bike and make sure to bring appropriate lights and bells.

For more information see http://www.critical-mass.org/

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10. PEDAL TO PADDLE FUN
Saturday, September 26th
Start location and time will be sent to pre-registrants in advance of the ride

Join us for a bike ride across 59th Street Bridge to the Long Island City Community Boathouse where we will enjoy a paddle by kayak and views of the Manhattan skyline.
This ride is for Time’s Up! members only as there is a limit of 10 people. Email timesupvideo@gmail.com to reserve your spot on the ride and find out the details. If you’re not already a Time’s Up! member, visit times-up.org and be sure to join before the ride!

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11. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, September 26th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Come join bicyclists and skaters (and the occasional unicyclist) for a leisurely ride through Central and Riverside Parks. Weather? Our record suggests we only call off these rides when no one in their right mind would have fun. Appropriate for experienced skaters, and bicyclists of just about any skill level. We hope these rides encourage more folks to enjoy the parks at night, without motor vehicles, in a quiet, safe, relaxed setting. The ride is about 12 miles long, and we return to Columbus Circle around midnight.

Check out pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianmcgloin/tags/riversideride/

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12. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-co-op

*MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS*
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WOMEN AND TRANS BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT
Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes

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FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

*BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS*
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FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.

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BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Every Sunday, Lessons from 2-4 p.m., Open Workshop from 4-6 p.m.
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

Come learn how to fix bikes from 2-4, and then work on your own bike from 4-6.
1st Sunday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Sunday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Sunday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Sunday- Wheels and Spokes

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times-up.org

Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization working to make New York City- and the world- a healthier and more sustainable place to live. All of our events and campaigns are free and open to the public- educational and fun bike rides, bike repair workshops, movie nights and presentations, community garden workdays and outreach, bike and public space advocacy and more.

Who’s the Liar?

Ok, I just can’t help it but this is such a great response to the antics of a racist Republican from South Carolina who can’t keep his mouth shut when his President is speaking.

Keith Olbermann from MSNBC makes a nice point about presidents who really do lie.

Messenger story

This story comes from Joe Hendry who archives all news about couriers on his site: messmedia.org

Bike courier returns $20,000 he found sitting atop ATM

By: Carolin Vesely
Winnipeg Free Press, September 14, 2009

As someone who makes his living delivering important envelopes — many of which contain sensitive financial information — to businesses, Matt Magura can empathize with whoever forgot nearly $20,000 in bank deposits on top of an automated teller machine in downtown Winnipeg last Tuesday. Lucky for him or her — and for the Assiniboine Credit Union — the 29-year-old bicycle courier took a detour from his route around 11 a.m. that morning to deposit his GST cheque at the ATM in the lobby of the Medical Arts Building on Kennedy Street.

While looking for a deposit envelope, Magura noticed a bundled stack of them sitting on top of the machine.

“I saw a $100 bill through one of the peep holes,” he said during an interview Sunday. Turns out the envelopes contained around $8,000 in cash and at least that much in cheques.

“They came out of the back of the machine and were obviously supposed to go into the bank. It was probably the day’s, or maybe even the long weekend’s, worth of deposits,” said Magura, adding that there were at least four people behind him in line.

Since he was en route to a delivery, the First Choice Courier & Messenger rider said he took care of business first, then personally delivered the misplaced loot right to the Assiniboine Credit Union’s head office on Main Street.

“They were completely surprised,” he recalled. But grateful, too. The credit union rewarded the honest messenger with a $50 gift certificate to Boston Pizza.

“I was happy to get anything, really,” he said.

Magura, who has been making his living as a messenger for about eight years, said he hopes the fallout isn’t too harsh for the bank employee who emptied the ATM but left its contents behind.

“I hope they’re not in s and didn’t lose their job,” he said. “This stuff happens.”