Daily cyclist and artist, Canadian Stephen Lund likes to create large scale GPS doodles as he is rides his bike.
As reported on Bored Panda, and other news outlets, Stephen “began his unusual craft in 2015 to unwind and be creative; since then, he’s logged 22,300km, and his longest piece has been a 220km mermaid.”
Check the above links for more fantastic images. Can you think of any images you’d like to see created on NYC streets?
As reported by the Gothamist, and other news outlets, just before 5:40 PM on Tuesday 2/16/2016, 59 year old avid cyclist, Stanley “Lee” Marshall, was struck and killed as he was biking on Richmond Road (at the intersection of Andrews Avenue), in Staten Island.
The family is seeking contributions to cover funeral and medical expenses for him on a Go Fund Me page devoted to Lee’s memory.
According to the family: “Lee Marshall was a friendly and selfless man who would give you his last dollar and the shirt off of his back. He had no material wealth but behaved as though he had through the generosity of his character,” the page reads. “He was always ready and willing to help whenever he was asked, and lived a very simple and solitary life.”
718 Cyclery hasn’t just been sitting around in the Snowpocalypse. They’ve already hosted a Fat Tire bike race. Held in the trails of Queen’s Cunningham Park on 1/30/16 (pushed a week due to record snow storm) they put on a fun, challenging event and an opportunity for riders to test out those crazy looking fat tire bicycles. Read more about it in their blog.
Now their hosting another event this Saturday (2/6/16)
Sasla Demo Ride, 9:30am in Queens, Cunningham Park.
Sign up on their site: 718c.com
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I’ve also started up my yearly events calendar: here. Let me know if you have events to post.
Catching up on old news, sadly bassist Lemmy, a bona fide rebel, rock God, and founder of Motorhead, died of brain cancer on 12/28/2015.
His first claim to fame, came in 1972 as the lead vocalist on the single ‘Silver Machine‘ a song about a silver bicycle, a number 3 UK hit, with his previous band Hawkwind.
Written during the space age and the 1970’s ‘Bike Boom‘ the song is described partly by its lyricist Robert Calvert in Wikipedia as thus:
“‘Silver Machine’ was just to say, I’ve got a silver bicycle, and nobody got it. I didn’t think they would. I thought that what they would think we were singing about some sort of cosmic space travel machine. I did actually have a silver racing bike when I was a boy. I’ve got one now, in fact.”
You’ll be missed Lemmy!
I just took a ride in a Silver Machine
And I’m still feeling mean
Do you want to ride
See yourself going by
Other side of the sky
Well I got a silver machine
This blogger has had a bit of a hibernation since July-2015. I just needed a good Snowpocalypse to come out of my AirBnB ice cave.
Here is a posting from a ‘mystery’ guest who wanted to share his experience with cycling in the snow and the issues of the lack of priority of bike lanes when it comes to snow removal.
On Saturday 1/23/2016 a near record blizzard dumped anywhere from 26 to 30 inches of snow on NYC.
While NYC emergency services were still busy clearing the streets of snow, one intrepid cyclist, wondered Sunday afternoon if the Manhattan Bridge bike path would be cleared enough to get to work, the next morning.
Here is a video of his long journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan (warning PG-13).
Post Blizzard Manhattan Bridge Bike Lane – Exposed – 1/24/2016 – 3:10 PM
One can see, a serious job was not made by the City to maintain this vital route, putting an undo burden on the cyclist for his/her own safety.
If it were not for some above freezing weather temperatures the last few days, #bikeNYC would be in a much worse place.
So it seems you will either have to wait for the City to get around to it, or you can file a complaint here. and hope for the best.
Red Bull has been ahead of the curve (pun intended) when it comes to constructing tiny tracks and having urban street racers test their skill in both speed and daring. This year the Mini Drome challenge returned to NYC in a 19th century dance hall turned art space in Maspeth Queens. In order to up the challenge, a figure 8 track was constructed which added a whole new degree of difficulty from the standard circular direction. Competitors had to navigate tight turns as well as switching directions on the over-under wooden track.
This New York based company, founded by Dave Weiner and Conner Swegle, took many of the innovations from their Priority bicycle line and applied it to two sizes of kids bikes. The idea was to give parents a maintenance-free experience in teaching their kids how to ride and make better, longer lasting kids bikes.
Here is a Press Release:
NEW YORK, NY (June 15, 2015) On the heels of winning Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Best In Class Design award, New York-based Priority Bicycles successfully funded their second Kickstarter campaign. The campaign launches a new line of innovative kids bicycles, the Priority Start, which re-imagines the cycling experience for both children and parents. Reaching its funding goal with over a week and a half left to back the project, this milestone brings Priority Bicycles’ total Kickstarter funding in its first year in business to over $600,000.
“With the funding of our second campaign that allows us bring our concept to riders of all ages, it signals that Priority is continuing to deliver innovative products in high consumer demand,” said Connor Swegle, CMO and Co-Founder. “It’s great to have our backers not only support our growth, but play an important role in a feedback loop that ultimately helps us develop and refine the features and products they want.”
The successful Kickstarter campaign enables Priority to now deliver on their mission of “making cycling simple” for all age ranges. While the original Priority Classic was engineered to bring simplicity to recreational riders through low-maintenance, high quality bicycles, the Priority Start is designed to make riding more simple for kids 2-8, as well as for parents who are teaching children to learn to ride and sharing the passion for cycling.
The Priority Start features many of the signature elements the company’s original line of bicycles became known for, including a grease-free belt drive in lieu of a greasy chain, and a rust-proof aluminum frame. The bicycle also features air-free Easy Go tires that never go flat, and the patent-pending Priority Start System of simplified training wheels for on-the-go adjustments without the need for tools. The Priority Start is available via Kickstarter until June 24th at an introductory rate of $199 for the 12” model and $209 for the 16” model. The bicycles are scheduled to ship in October 2015.