(great art work as seen on Unurth.com
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.
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
By Steve Hendrix
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.
Time’s Up will be organizing a pirate ride.
Looks like Salt Lake City Utah is having one too:
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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.
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.
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.
Birds, bats, garbage, and plants! Come help Time’s Up! green the Gowanus Canal with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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/
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.
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/
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
Come learn how to fix bikes from 2-4, and then work on your own bike from 4-6.
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.
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.
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
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.”
The baby had a bit of a cold so I wasn’t able to check out the Bike Jumble swap meet. Luckily Allen from cycling WMD has a full report and pictures.
One way we can express ourselves politically is to vote, when not too busy holding signs of Obama as Hitler and being afraid federal death panels are going to pull the plug on Grandma.
Voting is a bit less time consuming and angry, but you generally don’t get prime time news coverage on Glen Beck’s show.
Still I recommend exercising this basic right and tomorrow is the primary in NYC.
Boob-berg might have it the bag for mayor because he’s the richest but there are still some really good candidates in close races who need your vote.
I am here to endorse and encourage my cyclist friends to vote for Public Advocate Candidate:
Here is a video to sway you:
Here is some inspiring text to sway you even more:
Norman Siegel has been at the forefront of the struggle for the cyclistâ€™s civil rights since August 2004. This video covers the history of Normanâ€™s involvement with the highly publicized battle of the NYPD against cyclists on the streets and inside the courts.
The grassroots effort to create the video was done for a total cost of $100, a significant difference to the thousands being spent in most of the other NYC political races.
This passionate response from individual volunteers working on Norman Siegelâ€™s campaign fits the office he is running for, that is like no other in the country.
â€œWhy would the public want a person in the public advocateâ€™s office that won because of wealthy donors and endorsementâ€™s from insiders,â€ says Ben Shepard, volunteer of Cyclists for Siegel.
â€œOnce the public views the video, theyâ€™ll be reminded that Norman Siegel has been working already as the â€œPeopleâ€™s Lawyerâ€ for decades, including the cyclists and all the others that heâ€™s helped successfully to fight back when the government was doing them wrong,â€ says Austin Horse, who was represented by Siegel in his struggle against the NYPD.