Urbanvelo.org premiere urban bike culture rag, is coming out with issue #15:
from their site: Urban Velo #15 is at the printer, and the new issue will be available online by September 1st. Subscribe to the print edition and weâ€™ll mail your copy as soon as theyâ€™re available. And remember, you can subscribe to the Podcast version and iTunes will download the new PDF automatically.
Rush hour in Denmark’s capital seems anything but rushed.
City workers glide through the streets – trousers tucked into their socks and briefcases slung on to the side of their bicycles.
Some even have children following on behind, wrapped in waterproofs and perching on special trailers known as cargo bikes.
The air feels fresh and there is not a traffic jam in sight.
With less than four months to go until Copenhagen hosts the United Nations climate change summit, the city has announced its vision to become the world’s best city for cyclists.
In Copenhagen, a third of people already cycle to work, school or university.
There are about 350km (217 miles) of cycle routes around the city.
from his website: Bertelli Bici (bici is the italian slang for bikes) are unique bicycles that you won’t find in any store in New York City.
Every bici is hand mounted, finished and fine-tuned by me, Francesco. I combine brand new parts, “new old stock” and vintage parts found at flea markets, old bikeshops, collectors and from my trustworthy suppliers. The final result is that you won’t find exactly the same combination in any other bicycle out there. And your bicycle will be unique.
Soon, in this website, you will be able to take a look at my first builds available for sale.
(picture by: the gibbon)
Ah, remember the good ol days, 5,000 of us cyclists came out to NYC to join in a great spontaneous event known as Critical Mass. Come to Union Square tonight at 7:00pm and ride with at least 5 other cyclists and more than 50 cops.
or go see some great bike core punk bands at KT’s bike shop in Bushwick Brooklyn. www.velobrooklyn
Park(ing) Day is an international event that reclaims parking spots and transforms them into engaging, people-friendly public spaces for one day a year.
Park(ing) Day NYC is a New York City Streets Renaissance collaboration which supports the conversion of parking spots throughout New York City’s 5 boroughs into human-friendly places for a single day. These small, temporary public spaces provide a breath of relief from the auto-clogged reality of New York City, and aim to spark dialogue about our valuable public space and how we choose to use it.
In 2009, the POP.Park Competition will transform Park(ing) Day NYC from a once-a-year act of reclamation to an everyday statement. The winning submission — transportable, affordable and easy to use–will add the immediate potential of public space to every block, every day of the year.
Call for Submissions
In celebration of Park(ing) Day 2009, Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) is hosting a new park(ing) spot competition. We’re bringing Park(ing) Day out of the box by challenging creative types to design a portable and affordable pre-fabricated POP.Park that people can use to reclaim public space each and everyday of the year. POP.Parks will be public spaces produced from readily available, reclaimed or post-consumer recycled materials that will emerge from a regular, cardboard box. POP.Park competition finalists will be invited to construct their prototype on Park(ing) Day 2009 and entries will be judged by POPular text-message voting. The winners will be announced at T.A.’s annual REDUX event and the winning POP.Park prototype will be fabricated and sold on the T.A. website.
POP.Park finalist entries will be included in a workshop at the upcoming Conflux Festival (Sept. 17-20th) which is an annual New York festival for contemporary psychogeography, the investigation of everyday urban life through emerging artistic, technological and social practice.
Today is the start of Bike! Bike!, a gathering of bicycle cooperatives from all over the US.
From their site: Bike! Bike! is an international annual conference organized by and for Not-For-Profit bike projects. It takes place in a different city within the United States each year (perhaps it will expand to one of our neighbors one day?). This year it will be hosted by the Grease Pit in Minneapolis.
Rob Foran sent me this message: “Staten Island’s elected officials and our local paper are trying to eliminate DOT bike lanes, and are encouraging drivers to park their cars and to drive in them. A motorist was recently arrested here for an alleged assault on a bicyclist. Website below has info and links to contact officials, I’m asking as many people as I can to help me save the few bike lanes Staten Island has. It just takes a few minutes. Thank you !!”