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Raising money for Gabe

I apologize for not posting this sooner, but donations are needed.

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A dear friend of the NYC cycling community, Gabriel Allen, was injured in a terrible bike crash back in August. Gabe was visiting San Francisco when he was hit by a car on his bicycle soon after he arrived in the city.

Here is a brief description of the accident off of the NYC fixed gear forum:

(August 14th)
Gabe was in a collision yesterday with car close at Duboce and Divisadero. I do not know if he broadsided the car or if it hit him–I was out of sight a block back–but there were many witnesses. He was on the sidewalk unconscious and an ambulance came within two minutes. He is in ICU at SF General, the #1 trauma hospital in the Bay Area. We were there within 10 minutes of the accident. His body is in disrepair: 4-5 fractures to the pelvis, a cracked rib, portion of his left lung collapsed, and brain swelling. There may be other things with his extremities, but it is low priority right now until they know his brain is all right. He’s sedated and will probably be for at least 72 hours until the trauma team has a better picture. His neck is fine, no nerve damage, no breaks to the spine, and no other internal organs were harmed.

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an updated website of Gabe’s status and donations can be made at www.getbettergabe.com

The family is in desperate need of funds for mounting medical costs and to transport him back to NYC (he is still in San Francisco)

Any donations will be appreciated.

New York Century is Sunday

Do you have what it takes?
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NYC Century Bike Tour
Sunday, September 13th, 2009
Rain or Shine
6,000 Cyclists, 5 route options, the #1 best way to see New York City.
Presented by Brooklyn Brewery and Trek
Register by September 11th and you will be entered win a mixed case of Brooklyn Local 1 and Local 2 beers with glassware courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. These award-winning, Williamsburg-brewed Belgian-style ales are 100% bottle re-fermented and go well with ham, spicy seafood and fine cheeses.
Choose Your Distance, Ride Your Pace: 100, 75, 55, 35 and 15 mile routes. The Century is your ride—as challenging or relaxing as you choose, but always fun and rewarding. All routes have been carefully designed with your safety and enjoyment in mind. No matter which route you choose, you will be fully supported by experienced marshals and mechanics along the route and plentiful food at scenic rest stops. Plus on ride day all riders will receive a commemorative organic cotton t-shirt. Sign up before August 21st and you’ll be eligible to use the express start on Ride Day.

More info at www.nyccentury.org

Sad News, Toronto Messenger killed.

This happened a few weeks ago but I thought it was worth a mention.
On August, 31st, 2009–Toronto Courier, Darcy Allan Sheppard was killed by former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant in a bizarre escapade of road-rage.

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There was this article in the New York Times.

Canadian Politician Charged in Death
By IAN AUSTEN
Published: September 1, 2009

OTTAWA — As the high-profile attorney general for Ontario, Michael Bryant had championed severe and controversial traffic safety laws. On Tuesday, he was charged with criminal negligence causing death and with dangerous driving causing death in an unusually violent episode of road rage involving a bicyclist.

The arrest of Mr. Bryant stemmed from a collision between a bicycle and an automobile in Toronto’s most prestigious shopping district late Monday evening. The episode started off as minor but swiftly escalated, leading to the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard, 33, who was identified as a bicycle courier.

read the rest of the article here.

There was a facebook group created in his honor, now with over 700 members, showing Darcy had a large impact on the local cycling community.

An article in the Toronto Star Phoenix about a memorial planned for the fallen cyclist.

Meanwhile, fellow couriers took it upon themselves to stage a symbolic protest honoring their friends untimely death.
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Almost 24 hours after the tragic scene, bike couriers blockaded the very street where Darcy was killed.

A video of a recent tribute ride:

Rest in Peace Brother.

In DC

I’m in the Nation’s Capital for a few days. My wife is working, while I check out the sites with the baby. Some people would call that parenting.

Looks like a lot of bike commuting here with people in their K street attire heading to the office. A lot of no helmets and side walk riding around DuPont Circle, where we’re staying. Got a glimse at one of the bike sharing racks. It’s weird being in DC as a tourist and not running from 17 divisions of bike cops for some large scale demonstration.

WBAI radio show about bikes

Just got word that life long city biker and radio show host for WBAI, Paul Fischer will be dedicating his next show to biking.

He writes:

“I’m Paul Fischer..spent 40 years in broadcast news…including stints as WBAI News Director way back when…and 24 years writing for Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News.

My show, What’s the frequency Kenneth, is on listener sponsored, non commercial WBAI…a Pacifica Radio station…and while my subjects vary, I thought it would be good to do something about biking…my not so secret passion. I was biking to work before CBS had a bike rack. By the time I left, they had at least 3…and indoor, heated. Anyway, this show is for “generalists” and about my personal experiences with biking…not a tech manual….not an advice show. It’s mostly meant to be fun to listen to…even as i’m playing songs about skeletal/bone breaks from a serious accident…and my determination to bike again..which I have. In other words, this show about biking…is about living a life that doesn’t quite fit peoples’ expectations. A cyclist’s life.”

Tune in: 99.5fm WBAI
Wednesday, September 9th
2pm

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Time’s Up events-September 4th-12th

2.CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, September 4th, 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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3. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, September 11th, 7 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect and Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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4. LAST SPLASH FOUNTAIN RIDE: SUMMER’S NOT DEAD
Saturday, September 12th, 1 p.m.
Hudson River and Christopher Street Fountain
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5. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, September 12th, 9 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.
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6. 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!

Become a member Here.

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1. CALENDAR MAILING PARTY AND VOLUNTEER MEETING
Monday, August 31st, Starts at 4:30- come when you can!
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

Come be a part of Time’s Up! and help us plan our late summer and fall 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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2.CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, September 4th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)

Join us for a relaxing auto-free ride through Central Park. Enjoy the tranquility of the park and its beautiful ponds and waterways. This totally safe ride, with front and rear bike guides, is a nature lover’s dream in Manhattan! The ride moves at a very leisurely pace with a few stops to enjoy the scenery. We usually finish before midnight, back at Columbus Circle. Total mileage is under 10 miles. Any kind of bike will work.

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3. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, September 11th, 7 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect and Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge

Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation, exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. New York City’s first Critical Mass was in 1993.

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4. LAST SPLASH FOUNTAIN RIDE: SUMMER’S NOT DEAD
Saturday, September 12th, 1 p.m.
Hudson River and Christopher Street Fountain

Enjoy the best public watering holes in NYC as we dash and splash from fountain to fountain, jump in and dry off as we ride. Wear your swim trunks!

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5. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, September 12th, 9 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.

Join us for a totally safe, auto-free ride as we explore Prospect Park at night. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the fields, woods and ponds. Bike guides in the front and back. Bring your favorite bike: the one with the lights! The park is dark at night.

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

More info Here.

*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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Bicycle Film Festival in San Diego and Zurich

Bicycle Film Festival Zurich, September 2nd-6th.
With an art show at the Freitag Factory.
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A video from an art slam at the Freitag Factory, to give you an idea of the space.

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Bicycle Film Festival San Diego September 4th-5th.

Featuring a bmx bike jam hosted by San Diego’s first food bike delivery service: Manivela

Manivela Delivery from Manivela Delivery on Vimeo.

New Amsterdam Bike Slam

All summer, Roos Kouwehoven has been telling me about great events that NY400 has been doing as part of a melding of old world Amsterdam and New York. Celebrating 400 years of Dutch influence and Netherlands friendship, especially for such amazing inventions as the bicycle.

Now its time for the New Amsterdam Bike Slam
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Next week from the 10th until the 13th (during the NY400 week) the Amsterdam Cycling to Sustainability is organising the New Amsterdam Bike slam. Spread over four days, this event is a live design battle, where two teams of pioneering Dutch and American planners & designers present their visions to bring New York City cycling up to the level of the Netherlands, the only country with more bikes than people. Besides the battle the event includes a dance party and a world-class transportation summit as well.

If you are interested in forming a team, check out the schedule:

–Thursday, Sept 10th
New Amsterdam Bike Slam teams meet at NYU’s Puck Building, take a bicycle tour of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and start formulating their plans. Not open to the public.

–Friday, Sept 11th

Symposium: Global Trends in Sustainable Mobility
Location: Center for Architecture
536 La Guardia Place, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free and open to the public

A day of presentations by some of the world’s leading experts on innovative transportation policy.

In the morning, presentations by Frans Timmermans (Minister of European Affairs, The Netherlands), Enrique Peñalosa (Former Mayor of Bogotà, Colombia), Heather Allen (UITP Brussels), Adnan Rahman (ECORYS Transport), Willem de Jager (RABO Bank), and Ruth Oldenziel (TU Eindhoven). In the afternoon, workshops with Pieter de Haan (Institute for Shared Space), Herman Gelissen (OV FIETS), Arjen Jaarsma (Balancia), Jeff Olson (Alta Planning), Paul Steely White (Transportation Alternatives), and Pascal van den Noort (Velo Mondial / Amsterdam Cycling to Sustainability).

–Saturday, Sept 12

New Amsterdam Bike Slam and Dance Party
Cielo, 18 Little West 12th St, 10:00 pm – 4:00 am
Advance tickets available here.

After three days of preparation, the New Amsterdam Bike Slam teams face off in a live debate “battle,” and compete to provide the most compelling vision for making lower Manhattan and Brooklyn a bicycling area on par with Amsterdam. The battle begins at 10:00 pm, followed by a late night dance party at the renowned Meatpacking District club, with DJ John Julius Knight.

–Sunday, Sept 13th

New Amsterdam Bike Slam Award Ceremony
Battery Park, Castle Clinton Stage, 11:45am
Free and open to the public

As part of the Harbor Day celebrations, honoring 400 years of enduring friendship between the Netherlands and the United States, winners of the New Amsterdam Bike Slam receive their awards up on stage: free Dutch bicycles, courtesy of Workcycles. Presented by Mr. Job Cohen, Mayor of Amsterdam.

–Sunday, Sept 13th

New Amsterdam Bike Slam Cocktail Party
Admirals House, Governors Island, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
By invitation

Hats off to them, Outlier has new product for fall.

Stylish and functional bike-friendly fashion company, Outlier has its first product for fall.OUTLIER-Nail-Black-Profile

Nailhead is one of our favorite worsted wools. Its subtle pinprick pattern gives it an incredible depth of texture, and as a fine suiting fabric it’s made from the softest and longest wool fibers available. That makes it one of the best performance fabrics around because the finer wools breathe better than cotton, and wick moisture into the inner core of their actual fibers. It makes for an incredible cap and looks damn fine too. The Outlier Nailhead Cap is made in collaboration with master milliner Victor Osborne and produced in New York City for exceptional quality.

Available in Dark Gray, Dark Blue and a Light Bluish Gray.

More info available at: http://outlier.cc/2009/08/nailhead_cap.php
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