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Christopher Long sues NYPD for 1.5 million

we all saw the video of Christopher Long being body-checked in Time’s Square during critical mass. Now he is suing the NYPD for trying to cover up the tackle.

Read the article in the NY Dailynews here.

Bicycle Film Festival…Next Stop Minneapolis, July 8th-12th

This is the 4th year in a row the BFF has hit Minneapolis, which has often been rated one of the top places to bike in America.
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I had a nice chat with Amy Kuretsky, who is organizing the festival for the Minneapolis leg.

—-Name, Age, Where do yo live (ride)

Amy Kuretsky, 26, south-side of Minneapolis

What bikes do you own?

My daily ride is a Bianchi Pista, but I also have a Schwinn ladies cruiser from the 50’s, and a single speed made up of all dumpstered parts that a friend built for me several years back after a bike of mine got stolen.

What will be your next bike purchase?

I’ve been lusting after the Swobo Baxter for a while now…

What is the bike culture scene like in Minneapolis (I know that’s a complicated one…just a general overview)
Messengers? Alleycats? Polo? Mutant bikes?

There’s a bit of everything. There’s some study somewhere that ranks Minneapolis as the number two city behind Portland for commuters by bike. So there’s a ton of suburbanites that wear spandex that you see all over the roadways. But other than that there’s a strong urban bike culture here. It helps having QBP (makers of Surly, Salsa, All City, etc) close by. Minneapolis has more Surly Steamrollers on the roads than you can shake a stick at. There have been a lot of alley cats for the last several years, but just recently Minneapolis has started to have a small bike polo crew.

Has there been a Bicycle Film Festival in Minneapolis? If so how was it received?

This will be the fourth year that Minneapolis will host the BFF. Every year it gets bigger, better, and crazier. Last year our post party Saturday night went until 5:30am. I plan on being sleep deprived until next week.

Looks like a jam packed weekend? Give us the rundown on what is going on?

This is our longest festival we’ve ever put on here. It starts off on Wed with No Age playing the bikes rock show. Then Thursday through Saturday are films with afterparties each of the nights. Our hometown computer/bike nerds Coldsprints will be putting on a roller race championship Friday night. Saturday during the day will have an alleycat and then Saturday night is a party in the alley at One on One and then for those who somehow aren’t hung over on Sunday there is a MPLS polo tourney.

Who will be coming to the festival, Will we see new faces?

Everyone. No really, we get a wide variety of the cycling community to come out for the BFF every year. Thursday night our films are shown at this ridiculously awesome art deco single screen movie theater called the Riverview, and that always draws some of the neighborhood families and local cinephiles.

Are their any local films and if so what are they about?

Actually, this year there are three local films. Something Bright to be Seen in Our World directed by Mike Hazard and Emily Rumsey, A Gentleman Never Sweats by Alice Shindelar, and Down by the Weep Hole: The Story of the Stupor Bowl directed by Nathaniel Freeman. The Stuporbowl movie is the one that nearly everyone in the bike community is clammoring to see. It documents the coldest and generally most intoxicated alley cat that gets put on every year here in Minneapolis. That race is legendary.

What do you hope people will ride away with from the BFF this year? How will it impact the biking community and culture around?

I hope that people get inspired to make their own bike movie. Even if they’ve never done any filming or editing before. I want to see more films from Minneapolis especially.

Whats it like to ride a bike in Minn.? Is their infrastructure? Has the city been responsive to the rise in popularity of cycling? What needs improving the most?

It can be fantastic and it can be really frustrating. There is an amazing rails to trails system here in Minneapolis. We have some of the most interconnected trail system around. There are definitely some places that need improvement though (downtown, campus, etc). This past year has seen the largest increase in bicycle related deaths in our community and it’s really shaken everyone up. The city is being pretty responsive though. We were lucky enough to be one of the cities to receive federal grant money for the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program so there are five people who are employed by the city and all they work on are bike related projects.

Is there Critical Mass in Minn? Whats the level of Car vs Cyclist perspectives in general?

Critical Mass meets the last Friday of every month at 5:30pm in Loring Park! The perspective is pretty bad. There was a big blow up between Critical Mass and some drivers and then the cops a few years back and then there was a big backlash from the bike community. Since then it’s gotten a bit better for Critical Mass, but individual cyclists still have it pretty bad. Just the other day I had an old man yell “CUNT!!” at me over an over after he almost clipped me with his F-150. Fun times….

Are their favorite biker hang outs in Minneapolis? Any bike cooperatives, non profits? Bike organizations?

If you’re ever in downtown Minneapolis over the lunch hour, stop by One on One bike shop. They’ve got a cafe with coffee and lunch items and you’re sure to run into a bunch of messengers while you eat a delicious lunch. On the west bank of campus there’s the Hub which is a great bike co-op and the Grease Pit which is a collectively run free bike shop that will help you fix your own bike. There are so many non-profits and organizations related to cycling I don’t even know where to begin. Minneapolis has a really great cycling community that is really self propelled…we like to take care of each other.

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Favorite biker bars?

Grumpys for stiff drinks and Karoke, the Sunrise for a 3.2 bar, Palmers for when you’re any of the BLBC, Pizza Luce downtown to find the messengers after work…I could go on and on …

Future plans biking events in Minn?

On August 22nd Bike Jerks are putting on they’re annual All-City Championship alley cat. Jeff puts on some of the best alley cats ever I can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve for this year.

Your future cycling goals?
Somehow I’ve still never biked to Stillwater (Wisconsin). It’s almost like a right of passage here in Minneapolis. I really would like to do that before the summer here is over.

Anything you wished I’d asked you?
I’m suprised you’re not like every other New Yorker that asks me why I didn’t get Prince to play…

Ok, it’s time to play…Caption that (bike) Photo

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(photo by Fritz)

July 11th, Trackstar’s Courier Classic

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It’s on again. Get your team ready.

Bike theft story. Needs advice.

So I got this email from James who had a bike stolen, which brings up a fundamental issue, what to do if you find your stolen bike and someone is posting an ad for it on craigs list.

Here is the story:
6/30/09
“My name is James Chae and I recently got my bike stolen from right in front of my house in Williamsburg.

To put a long story short — I came back from a long ride — parked my bike right in front of my corner bodega unlocked (big mistake, I know) and after less than a minute the bike was gone as soon as I stepped outside. Mind you, my bike had ALSO been stripped of its parts (wheels, handle bar, stem, and brake) a week earlier. So, this is causing me a GREAT deal of strife.

But, to my surprise the dumbass who stole the bike has posted it on craigslist.

(It has now been taken down from craig’s list)

But I am 100% positive this bike is mine because 1) I JUST bought new components for it and 2) it’s my damn baby!
If you could please offer some advice on how best to wrangle this son-of-a-bitch into returning my bike I would really appreciate it. I can procure emails and receipts to prove the bike is mine to the police. I am going to file a police report today as well. But I am trying to get some more info in how to best handle this situation without it turning into a bigger mess than it already is.

Thanks!”

– James
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If anyone has advice on this situation, please post comments.
In the meantime, be on the look out for this stolen property:

Details:

Red Bianchi Fixed gear — decals rubbed off, but bianchi is still written on the rear stem.
Nitto B123 Track Drop bars / black Origin stem
Chrome fork
Black Suntour Swift 700c rims / machined sidewalls / laced to generic black hi-flange hubs
Blue lined Hutchinson tires
Black saddle.
Leftside bmx brake lever
Silver front brake
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Damn, more stolen bikes

Be on the look out for this ride:
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Stolen in NYC on July 3rd.
More info at the Stolen Bikes Page

The Fashion World Speaks again…

This is so extremely ridiculous its funny, look at what all the bike messengers will be wearing for Spring 2010:
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Especially because: “Your local bike messenger is probably a scrawny, over-inked meth head with bad hair,”

Find out more insights at Louis Vuitton’s preview

I liked it better when they were misrepresenting our Ghost bikes.

Thanks Kim Reynolds for the link. Too Funny.

Stage map on Versus

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Good Tour de France coverage on Versus

Promo for CMWC 2009-Tokyo

Eli Chessen, of the blog Tokyo Jitensha wants you to come to Tokyo.
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Here is more about it:
“On September 19th-23rd and the 26th, Tokyo will be home to the largest International Bicycle Messenger Race/Event in the world. We know you’ve all been waiting for a good excuse to visit Japan. Despite the bad global economy, we whole-heartedly hope that as many bicycle messengers and their friends will attend this event as possible. TKBMA has been working hard to prepare the most exciting cycling event possible. They’ve been studying to improve their English in order to better communicate with all the international messengers who will be coming to Tokyo. Are their efforts obvious?
This video shows a BBQ party organized in order to promote the event, drum up new supporters and volunteers, and bring the organizers and volunteers closer together. The BBQ was held at Shiokaze Park in Odaiba (just a short walk from the site CMWC 2009 will be held).
Gundam was in attendance, as well. But, he stayed powered-down, so no one was hurt.

CMWC 2009 Tokyo Promo Video Part 1 from Eli Tokyo Jitensha-Jin on Vimeo.

Time’s Up events, This weekend!!

Reinventing the Wheel, and discussion with Steve McMaster of Time’s Up!
Thursday, July 9th, 6 p.m.
Atlantic Gallery, 135 West 29th Street

‘Reinventing the Wheel’ will begin with the moving and rarely screened experimental film ‘FIETSEN; (Cyclists 1965) by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken as he observes cyclists (and other means of transport) in Amsterdam, moving over the bridges on the canals. A lively discussion about the road ahead will follow with a lively discussion with transit experts including Steve McMaster of Time’s Up! and representatives from the NYC Department of Transportation and Transportation Alternatives.

atlanticgallery.org

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Check out the New York Times bicycle-related ‘Spokes’ City Room blog- where Time’s Up! volunteers are frequently represented!
cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com

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–SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support. You can even donate real estate!
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

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.

times-up.org

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Come join us for the rides, events and workshops listed below. Details follow the headlines.

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1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, July 10th, 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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2. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS AFTER PARTY
Friday, July 10th, 9 p.m.
East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue
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3. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, July 10th
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)
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4. TIME’S UP! MECHANICS AT WILLIAMSBURG WALKS
Saturday, July 11th, 12 noon- 7 p.m.
North 7th and Bedford, Brooklyn
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5. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, July 11th, 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. HISTORY, MYSTERY, MURDER AND MONEY TOUR
a.k.a. the Lower Manhattan Historic Ride
Saturday, July 11th, 10 p.m.
Manhattan Entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St./Park Row)
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7. 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 at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

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1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, July 10th, 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

Did you know that July 2009 is the five-year anniversary of Brooklyn Critical Mass?!

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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2. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS AFTER PARTY
Friday, July 10th, 9 p.m.
East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue

**CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS!**

New Volunteer Meet-N-Greet BBQ Potluck with DJ Suggested D
Starting at 9 p.m., following Brooklyn Critical Mass
Bring food to share- We’ll provide the grill.

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3. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, July 10th
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)

The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan. We should get there just in time for the fireworks! This is a casual ride at a relaxed pace.
Bring locks as we plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. We usually spend about an hour and a half in the park, on the beach (and in the water!), on the boardwalk, at Nathan’s, and everyone has a GREAT time! Some people return on the subway, and others ride back at a faster pace.

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=cyclone-ride

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4. TIME’S UP! MECHANICS AT WILLIAMSBURG WALKS
Saturday, July 11th, 12 noon- 7 p.m.
North 7th and Bedford, Brooklyn

The Time’s Up! Mechanics will be tabling all day Saturday as part of the final Williamsburg Walks event in Brooklyn. The Co-op mechanics will be conducting free bike repair lessons, safety checks, and answering any bike related questions throughout the day. Come by and say hi!
This exciting community celebration is promoting a re-imagination of public space by shutting down Bedford Avenue to car traffic from North 4th to North 9th streets. Local merchants, community groups, musicians and artists can be found, using the reclaimed space for a greater purpose than just automobile traffic.

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5. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, July 11th, 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. HISTORY, MYSTERY, MURDER AND MONEY TOUR
a.k.a. the Lower Manhattan Historic Ride
Saturday, July 11th, 10 p.m.
Manhattan Entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers and Centre St./Park Row)

Visit glamorous and notorious Lower Manhattan’s most famous spots in history, infamy, and unparalleled opulence: including the world’s biggest gold vault; New York’s legendary Five Points (scene of Scorcese’s movie Gangs of New York); site of Capt. Kidd’s home; the most important place in the history of the USA; the building that still bears the scars of the Wall Street bomb that killed 36 people- and much, much more!

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=mhmm-tour

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7. 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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After the Manhattan Critical Mass and the ABC No Rio after party, June 26th, bikers took to the street for the Michael Jackson Tribute Dance Party Ride:
Here’s another video: