Rolling down the walls.

Saddle Up, NYC! Your Local ABC Is Rolling Down The Walls!

What: Rolling Down the Walls!
When: Saturday, September 12th, 2009, 5 pm – late
Where: Grand Army Plaza to Fort Tilden Beach
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On Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 5 p.m., New York City Anarchist Black Cross will host the second annual NYC off-shoot of the continental Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s Running Down the Walls ( . The 8-mile bike ride to Fort Tilden beach is to celebrate the end of summer while raising much-needed funds for the ABCF’s Warchest program and the New York chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

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Bicycle Film Festival-Seattle. September 11-12th

The Bicycle Film Festival, continues its world tour with a stop in Seattle, for the first time.

I spoke with Ryan Schuetze who runs the site gomeansgo and is the director of the BFF Seattle. I wanted to get an idea of the local fixed gear scene which he seems to be an active part of and whats planned for the festival.

-Name, age, where you live (ride)

Ryan Schuetze, 31, Seattle, WA

-What bikes do you own?

Coaster brake rain bike, 1979 Schwinn Typhoon, 1982 Colnago, NYCBikes fixed gear, 1958 Frejus Track, Kona Single Speed Mt. Bike

-What will be your next bike purchase?

Sadly, my bikes are in various states of disrepair. A newer road bike (yah for index shifting and dual pivot brakes) and a rock solid fixed gear for city riding are in my sights. I’ve also been really interested in getting a cargo bike, but want to test ride more of whats on the market.

-Tell us about goMeansgo productions?

GO MEANS GO is a project that focuses planning and promoting cycling events in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a blog, a brand, a business, and a bridge. GMG blends my two passions of community organizing and cycling. I’m giving GO MEANS GO all I’ve got right now, because my dream is to make a modest living encouraging people to have fun with, and on their bikes.


-What got you into freestyle fixed gears?

I bought the NYCBikes about 6 or 7 years ago and had it delivered to Alaska, where I lived at the time. I just started riding it like my mountain bike, down stairs, and jumping off shit. I like seeing the innovation and rediscovery that is going on. It’s definitely got BMX roots, but it’s way quicker to get around on. I like riding, and don’t turn tricks like these other folks, but it’s fun to fool around.

-What is the fixed gear culture like in Seattle?

Seattle has been holding it down for fixed gear culture for quite a while. Dustin really did a lot through Cadence and Fast Friday, The “Next Best Thing” kept it going for a while, and now Future Tense has been keeping the standards high. A lot of the faces have changed over the last few years, but Seattle has been steadily progressing.

-Who is the talent coming out of Seattle on fixed gears?

There are a lot of talented riders in Seattle. Some new, some having been around a while. If you don’t know who Keo is, well… you aren’t paying attention. Ha.. Really though- Keo keeps it at 11 all the time, and is a strong, well rounded rider. Others? Tyler Johnson is definitely a name to watch. Justin Av, Chris Clappe, and Allender trackstand/dances with his bike like nobody’s business.

-what about the other bike scenes? Alleycats, messengers? Bike polo, critical mass?

Seattle has some of the best polo players in the world. Team Smile just took the World Polo championships after winning the North American tourney that took place here
The Dead Baby Bike club represents the bulk of the freak bikes in Seattle, and are bunch of good people. The annual Dead Baby Downhill, taking place the first Friday of August is nuts, and probably the largest one day bike party on the West Coast.
Seattle is home to a small and getting smaller messenger community. Tight knit, and hard working, they pulled off a great event with the West Side Invite this year, in it’s first Seattle visit. I got to meet quite a few folks during the WSI, and and are a solid bunch of riders that put up with some wet weather and steep hills on a regular basis.
As for alley cats- they are most popular with folks that don’t work downtown. A diverse group of riders keep the events fun, as well as competitive. Some races focus more on one than the other. When I put a race on, I work hard to ensure that the prizes are good. I like to get smaller companies’ names out, and into the hands of the people that ride hard for it.
I keep a calendar at ( that I keep up to date with local bike events. Check it out. And if there are any NW events coming up, let me know.

-What got u involved with BFF this year?

This is the first year the BFF has come to Seattle, so someone was needed on the ground to help with the local production. I met Jill Meisner, who works with the media for the BFF, through a friend, and went down to Portland to help her out with the BFF there. The BFF is exactly what GO MEANS GO loves to do- so it seemed a natural fit.

-What’s planned for the festival?

Being the first year, we were a little unsure of what to include. Time didn’t allow for the addition of an art show or rock show, but we’re rollin’ deep with 7 programs, roller sprints, an alley cat, and an afterparty.


-Who is coming out?

Everybody who’s anybody. Film buffs that appreciate bikes, bike buffs that appreciate film, and buff people that appreciate being buff. It’s going to be super fun.

-Any local Seattle film makers or films?

Parasol is directed by Seattle filmaker Webster Crowell, and The Six-Day Bicycle Races is directed by Mark Tyson, using information supplied by Jeff Groman, who owns a shop on Bainbridge Island

-What impact do you hope the bff will have on the bike community?

As with anything that GO MEANS GO is a part of, I really hope it brings the community together, I want the overlap of art/film/bikes to be the focus. There are so many cyclists here, and I feel that there is a lot of division between the groups. Even those that don’t ride that often will have fun. A festival such as the BFF, with such a diverse group of movies, brings these people together, showing them that we all can agree on at least one thing: Bikes rock!


-What’s it like riding in Seattle? Is there infrastructure? What needs the most improvement? If you could be DOT commissioner of Seattle, what would be the first thing you would do?

I love riding in Seattle. The Bicycle Master Plan, though not perfect, has been doing much to improve the infrastructure. As far as improvements? As with most cities, education would probably be most beneficial. Get the drivers and cyclists talking. It does nobody any good when there are signs that cylists see and interpret differently than drivers. I am a big fan of the big boxes that allow cyclists room at the front of a light. Put bikes first, literally.


-Is there a lot of driver vs cyclist beef?

Of course there have been some instances that could be called beef. On a daily basis I would say there isn’t much. But it only takes one driver having a bad day getting stuck behind the dead baby downhill, or critical mass, or even a lone rider, to go from sunshine to shit in seconds. It really is about respect on the road. Beef is started when one road user feels more righteous or entitled than another.

-How has the popularity of cycling grown? What can you attribute the rise to?

Cycling has grown in popularity in Seattle steadily over the years. Improvements to the infrastructure, the work of various education and advocacy groups, the fact that Seattle is a fairly healthy city, and I’d like to think fun events that show a social, friendly, fashionable, and dare I say, sexy side of cycling; all of these are reasons that it’s grown.

-Cool places for cyclists to hang out in Seattle? (feel free to include links and shamelssly promote)

Well of course any event that GO MEANS GO puts together is bound to be a good time….
you can play polo all over Seattle more nights than not. I’ll give a shout out to 65th and Ravenna, because that’s my neighborhood
If Mt. Biking is your thing, you should head over to the I-5 Colonnade, which will blow your mind
Counterbalance Bicycles supports a team, and is always down to throw in for an alley cat or other events. They just opened up another location too.
If you need to fix your bike- Charles and Devin at Wright Bros. are carrying a lot of fixed gear parts, and the shop is one you definitely want to check out. You can learn to work on your bike yourself too
Thursday nights at Flowers Bar usually has a fair amount of bikes out front. We are having the after parties for the BFF there too!
Future Tense takes place monthly, and if you like turning tricks on a bike with no brakes, that’s the place. Zlog puts that together, and it’s a good time.
Caffeine and bikes go well together too, and Lighthouse Roasters has arguably some of the best coffee in town. That’s saying something, being Seattle and all.
There are lots of places that people go- but the reality is- we’ll see you on the street. There are lots of rides each week/month for different disciplines. Fast, slow, fixed, free, cargo bikes, or freak bikes. Just get on your bike and ride, the party will happen.

-What are your future goals for gomeansgo?

ART VELO takes place next month. A show based around cycling art. It’s going to be awesome. GO MEANS GO will continue to grow with the cycling community, as a bridge, and also as a business venture. I love putting on alleycats, but I’m interested in putting on sanctioned races as well. The idea is to make a modest income planning and promoting cycling events. This includes working with companies that have a vision to connect and become part of the cycling community. I love bikes and bike culture, and I think the thought that goes into these events shows. When I can focus wholly on planning and promotion, the events will only get better.

-What are your future cycling goals? Travel?

It looks like I may be making my first trip to Interbike. (September 23rd-25th) Holler at me!
I’d really like to do a cycling tour with my lady through Puglia in Italy.
I haven’t ever ridden in NYC, and would love to go for the 10th anniversary of the BFF next year.

-Anything you wished I’d asked you or failed to promote?

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.


an updated website of Gabe’s status and donations can be made at

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?

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.

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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
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.


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

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Time’s Up events-September 4th-12th

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)
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
Saturday, September 12th, 1 p.m.
Hudson River and Christopher Street Fountain
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.
** 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


Become a member Here.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

** Now in both NYC and Brooklyn locations! **

More info Here.

Every Monday, 6:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton Streets

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

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.

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.

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