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New Bailout Savior of CitiBikes…Donald Trump?

This just in, the financially struggling Citibikes (Citibikenyc.com) bike share may have a new savior…Donald Trump. The megalomanic with the perfect hair wants to add to his empire and use the bike share as a vehicle to advertise his conservative agenda.

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Transportation Alternatives executive director, Paul Steely White have more on this new development from today’s Brian Lehrer Show.

The Brian Lehrer Show
A New Citi Bike Savior: Donald Trump?


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The WNYC transportation team has seen early copies of a report on how the financially troubled Citi Bike program could be rescued by real estate mogul Donald Trump. Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives discusses the initial proposal for “Trump Wheels” and what it means for bikers all over New York City.

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Town Hall Forum for #visionzero

No April Fools-We want #visionzero with safer streets. Come make your voice heard at a town hall meeting in Brooklyn, 6-8pm-Tonight (4/1/14)

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April Fool’s Alleycat-Today.

Happy April Fools!!
Not for hair metal sensation, Cinderella:

It’s also the annual NYC April Fool’s Alleycat hosted by Steve “Pops” Klein.

This race is always on the first, no matter what day of the week and traditionally has checkpoints at some of the cities most unique streets (that are hard to find)
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A posting on: urbancyclistworld.com

April Fool’s Alley Cat
Organized By: Steven Klein/Pops
Alley Cat $1.00 fee – Cash! Prizes! Lock required!
April 1, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
Jackson Square/Greenwich Ave.&W.13th St.

Red Hook Crit #7 coming Saturday. Premiering a field for the Ladies.

It’s Red Hook Crit time. What started as an underground event to celebrate David August Trimble’s birthday…seven years later, is now one of the premiere cycling competitions in New York City.

Here is a guide from David himself on BikeNYC.org:

The Essential Guide to the Red Hook Crit 2014
By: David Trimble
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In 2008, I organized the first ever Red Hook Crit to celebrate my 26th birthday. As someone who came up with one foot in traditional road bike racing and the other in unsanctioned urban alleycat races, I wanted to create a competition that would combine the physical intensity of road races with the amazing rivalries and spirit from the urban cycling scene. Despite the modest turnout at that first RHC event in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the atmosphere was intense and the race was a memorable one, with Kacey Manderfield pulling ahead to victory in a tight sprint against her male rivals.

Seven years on, Red Hook Crit has become a New York City cycling institution and spread across the Atlantic, with additional races held annually in Barcelona and Milan. RHC events pit world-class competitors against one another, racing on brakeless track bikes, with thousands of spectators cheering them on. This year, we’re excited to be hosting our first Women’s Criterium and introducing a field of future women cycling champions.

Read more: here.
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Here is an article in The Street:

Brooklyn’s Hipster Bike Race ‘It’s Not About the Money’
By: Leon Lazaroff
March 26th, 2014

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Or maybe a prototypical Brooklyn happening featuring a horde of cyclists riding fixed-gear track bikes with no brakes at night around a tight course on a long pier facing lower Manhattan in front of 8,000 people, drinking and shouting and trying to figure out who’s winning.

Either way, the Red Hook Crit has evolved in seven years into something of a mecca among cycling enthusiasts with survivalist inclinations. And as the Crit, short for criterium, has grown, the borough that it calls home has been remade once again by its younger inhabitants, many of them eager migrants who’ve gravitated to the self-confident hipster capital of the world in hopes of being among the best of their generation’s artists, developers, thinkers and promoters.

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Read more: here.

This event has come a long way from when volunteers had to try and hold off cars from plowing into a pack of speeding track bikes on the cobblestone streets near IKEA.

This year there was so much interest from the ladies, they got their own race.

One of those favorited is Stanridge Cycling sponsored rider: Katie Arnold.
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This winter she’s been tearing it up on the Cyclocross circuit.

She’ll be rockin her Stanridge designed by London based street artist Ben EINE.

Speaking of the ladies, Susi Wunsch from VeloJoy just posted a great interview with Jo Celso who rides with LA’s Wolfpack Hustle.

IN RED HOOK CRIT WOMENS RACE, A VICTORY BEFORE THE START
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When Jo Celso lines up at the start of this year’s first-ever women’s field for the annual Red Hook Crit cycling race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on Saturday night, she will already have beaten the most formidable of foes: cancer.
The 25-year-old, who rides for the otherwise male Wolfpack Hustle Track Team in San Diego, CA, received a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma half-way through her first season of racing in 2011. Remarkably, Celso came back 6 months later to claim victory in the women’s field of the popular L.A. Marathon Crash track race. (See top photo: Mikey Wally)
That event is part of the world of unsanctioned urban racing, in which the Red Hook Crit is a force, having grown from a small neighborhood event to a series that draws an international field, as well as crowds of spectators who thrill to the excitement of night racing on track bikes without brakes or gears. Race organizer David Trimble says he recognized demand for a separate women’s field as the race grew — there are now six qualifying races on the men’s side — and “our long overdue ability to control a second field” made adding it a reality this season.
Celso joins an inaugural field of more than 35 women from the U.S., Italy and Puerto Rico. A key player in a vibrant women’s racing community based around the San Diego Velodrome, the young racer talked with us recently about the new women’s race, biking on chemo and what it’s like to be female in the male-dominated world of street racing.
Bring it! This Saturday night, cheer on the new Red Hook Crit women’s field, which includes a talented roster of New York City racers. Click here for all the details.

Have you raced Red Hook before?

I came out last year and I didn’t qualify; none of the women did. I remember walking away frustrated. I felt like there was just this big gap between a person like me and some of the pros and semi-pros, especially the guys who are winning and placing.I felt like that was the essence with a lot of the women. We felt like there was just no place for us. But when I heard they were putting in a women’s field at Red Hook, I went from not wanting to be there to really wanting to go.

Read the entire interview: here.

The Race will be going on all day with qualifications. Here is more info:

CRITERIUM RACE DETAILS (MEN’S)
24 Laps / 31.5 KM total distance
200 Riders attempt to qualify*
85 Riders advance to the main race
Track bikes required
Points awarded towards The Red Hook Criterium Championship Series

ATHLETE CHECK-IN: 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
QUALIFYING: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
CRITERIUM: 9:45 PM

CRITERIUM RACE DETAILS (WOMEN’S)
18 Laps / 24 KM total distance
50 race spots available*
Track bikes required
Points awarded towards The Red Hook Criterium Championship Series

ATHLETE CHECK-IN: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
QUALIFYING: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
CRITERIUM: 9:00 PM

- See more at: http://bikenyc.org/event/5872#sthash.Y5CPT3VV.dpuf

Gangs of New York-Edward Albert Collection at Rapha Store-Opening March 29th

Edward Albert is a former road racer and avid vintage bicycle collector. His passion for road bikes is extensive and many of his prize rides adorn his home in Chappaqua, N.Y. A portal to his collection can be found on his site: thevintagebikelife.com.

Here are a few examples to drool over: (From PROLLY )
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Mmmm goodness.

Eddie is curating a show, at the Rapha Cycling Club store (64 Gansevoort St.-Meat Packing District of NYC) entitled-Gangs of New York: The Early Years of NYC Cycling Clubs.
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Here is a little blub from Harry Schwartzman (NYbikejumble.com) who helped to organize the event:

“Rapha Cycle Club invites you to Gangs of New York: The Early Years of NYC Cycling Clubs. From the collection of Edward Albert, Rapha showcases the thundering race scene that existed in early 20th century NYC. Highlighting four local race clubs through bikes, jerseys, and ephemera, this show reveals the origins of road racing in New York.

Please join us for an informal opening Saturday March 29th from 2pm-4pm. Edward Albert will be in attendance to discuss the collection. Gangs of New York will be on display through May 1st.

Bike Shop News-Celebrate Spring and New Line of Giro Fashion-Bicycle Habitat 3/27/14

Bike Shop News:

Bicycle Habitat is celebrating Spring and the new line of cycling apparel from Giro.

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COME CELEBRATE THE SPRING 2014 RELEASE WITH US

you’re invited to the party

join us for snacks, beverages, and prize drawings from 6-9pm on Thursday, March 27

bicycle habitat soho – 244 Lafayette St.-NYC

View the whole collection: here.

Citibank’s Citibike is Citibroke and Looks for CitiBailout

You’ve probably been hearing through the airwaves that the highly successful bike sharing program of NYC, Citibike is facing finnacial woes. Hampered by a brutal winter, which greatly decreased ridership, there also seems to be some short sighted planning from the system creator Alta, based out of Portland.

Apparently this bike share is the one of the only ones that doesn’t rely on funding from
the city it’s based in like other programs. Cities working with their bike share sends a message they are united together to provide clean yet affordable transportation options unlike NYC which allows these types of programs but does little to support them. It reminds me of the mixed message of the Bloomberg
administration where the Department or Transportation was saying “everyone ride bikes,” while the cops were ticketing people for running red lights in Central Park, or clamping down on group rides.

Without city help, the bike share relies on their sponsor, the “Too Big To Fail” Citibank, who provided startup operational costs, but mostly on it’s customers.

Those users of the system quickly realize that it makes the most sense to pay the one time fee and become annual members. This is the best finnacial choice for the riders, but doesn’t help generate enough revenue leaving Citibike strapped for cash and looking to the city for a bit of a bailout.

Transportation Alternatives director Paul Steely White was interviewed in Brooklyn Magazine and does a good job of breaking down what’s going on:

Systemic Issues Threaten Citi Bike Long-Term
By: Phillip Pantuso
March 25th, 2014
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Here is today’s “woe is Citi Bike” update, wherein we explore why the beleaguered bike sharing program is facing financial difficulties (a.k.a. “hemorrhaging” money), even as it’s become an indispensable part of New York City’s public transportation infrastructure.

By many measures, the implementation of New York’s first bicycle-sharing program has been a success. Despite hysterical warnings that Citi Bike would bring ““total carnage” to the streets of New York, the program has been remarkably safe. There has been a lot of demand and enthusiasm, too. “People want the system to succeed,” Paul Steely White, the Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, who were instrumental in bringing the program here in the first place.

Read more: here.

Vision Zero? More Like Nightmare 48. Recap of WNYC’s Reporting on Traffic Fatalities

Last week WNYC radio launched several journalistic endeavors into a surge of traffic fatalities that has been plaguing the citizens of NYC and newly instated mayor DeBlasio who has committed to #visionzero, a title for an initiative to reduce all traffic deaths to zero.

In only two and half months of 2014 there have been quite the opposite of zero, 48 traffic deaths in NYC, an alarming number indeed.

WNYC’s traffic blog, Transportation Nation has recently launched their Mean Streets tracker, a one year reporting project that will have an on line running total of a traffic deaths.

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Follow the story here:

March 19th, 2014
By: Jenny Ye & Kat Aaron

More than half of the 27 pedestrians killed by cars in New York City this year died on major roadways. That’s just one of the findings of a new WNYC analysis of traffic deaths, Mean Streets. We wanted to help New Yorkers understand who is dying on the city streets from traffic-related causes, and why.

As of March 19, 45 people have been killed in traffic crashes in 2014: 27 pedestrians, 13 drivers, three passengers and two cyclists. The youngest person killed was 5-year-old Rashard Charles, who died in Crown Heights on March 16. The oldest was 81-year-old Ruben Rivera, killed in a hit-and-run on Atlantic Avenue in February. Nine of the 46 deaths did not get media attention until now.

Read more: here.

Last week, reporter Jim O’Grady did three stories on traffic fatalities including a profile of Hsi-Pei Lao who’s 4 year old daughter was killed by an SUV while legally crossing the street in Flushing Queens.

Girl Gone: Anatomy Of a New York City Pedestrian Death
March 18th, 2014
Jim O’Grady

Girl Gone: Anatomy Of a New York City Pedestrian DeathHsi-Pei_Liao_1Hsi-Pei Liao at an intersection in Flushing. Behind him is the street where his four-year-old daughter, Allison, was struck and killed by an SUV. (Jim O’Grady/WNYC)

On a recent chilly Sunday, Hsi-Pei Liao stood with his back to the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Main Street in Flushing. Over his shoulder was the spot in the crosswalk where an SUV hit his four-year-old daughter Allison and 71-year-old mother Chin Hua. The two were walking hand-in-hand, crossing with the signal.

It was Sunday, Oct. 6, around 5 p.m. He’s thought a lot about how Allison got to that spot, at that moment. “That day, Allison really wanted to go outside to get a watermelon,” he recalled. “She was pretty insistent, which normally she wasn’t. She normally just watched TV, watched Dora.”

Read more: here.

Audio file:

Other stories by Jim last week:

Tracking NYC Traffic Deaths -A look into WNYC’s Mean Streets tracker.

and

An ‘Insult to Broken Hearts’: Families Denied Traffic Crash Reports -how difficult it is for families to get information about their loved ones killed.

Also

WNYC launched a page with a heat map showing which police precincts issued more-and fewer-tickets last month for moving violations compared to February of 2013.
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Spring Has Sprung-Events from Time’s Up.

03/20/14

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Announcements:

SPRING IS HERE!

It’s time to come out of hibernation and join the fun and exciting world of Time’s Up.
The weather is getting better and there’s lots of great ways to spread the Velo Love like blossoming flowers.

Time’s Up is kicking things off with a great event. Time to wash off this brutal winters grime and dirt you’ve been building up like a badge of honor on your ride.

SPRING TUNING.
Free pop-up bicycle workshop in the back yard of the Diamond Bar, with Beer.

Tools, bike stands, a washing station (w/ parts-washing station) and a couple of bike mechanics will be there.

Show your weather-worn bike some love.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014
The Diamond-43 Franklin St. Brooklyn, NY 11222
(between Quay and Cayler Street)
Greenpoint.

Facebook event page.

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On Going events:

Time’s Up! Movie Night!
Every 2nd Thursday
Free entrance and popcorn (vegan)
local beer available
7:30pm doors, 8:00pm screening
XUP Brooklyn Space, 99 S. 6th Street-Williamsburg (off of Bedford Ave-right under the Williamsburg Bridge)

April 8th:
FUNNY BIKE SHORTS
Celebrate April Fools and oncoming warmer bike weather with a night of weird and humorous short bike films.

May 13th:
LINE OF SIGHT
Gripping, first-person footage of Alleycat races from around the world. From the helmet camera mastery of rider/film maker Lucas Brunelle.
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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

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.

Become a member at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support

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Bike Shop News-NYC Velo New Location and Shop Rides

NYC Velo is an awesome neighborhood bike shop in the East Village with a Cyclocross, Road and Mountain bike competitive edge. Now they have a new shop in the Gotham West Market (600 11th Ave) in Manhattan. hk5-600x467

A recent post from their blog:

A LOOK INSIDE OUR NEW HELL’S KITCHEN (GOTHAM WEST MARKET) LOCATION

NYC Velo is proud to announce its newest addition in Hell’s Kitchen! The new shop is situated in the (also new) Gotham West Market at 600 11th Avenue (spanning the length of the block between 44th and 45th streets) and 1 short block east of the Hudson River bike path (at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum). The Gotham West Market is an amazing collection of food and drink purveyors, all focused on providing an excellent product.The new location is very much an extension of the original NYC Velo (in the East Village), with a similar (but not identical) product mix and a top-notch Service Department. Speaking of Service Departments, the Mechanic Team will be on site at the new location on an extended schedule. In the Spring, Summer, and early Fall, the Service Department will be staffed and ready to repair your bike starting at 7am and running until 10pm. With extended service hours, we will be able to offer a significant convenience to customers who may need to drop off or pick up bikes outside of normal retail hours, and be able to dramatically reduce service order turnaround time.

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In addition to offering great products (bikes, apparel, accessories), both road and hybrid bike rentals, convenient and comprehensive bicycle repair and maintenance services, and professional bike fitting services, the Hell’s Kitchen location offers safe and secure bicycle storage. Whether you need short term storage for your beloved bike while you grab an espresso at Blue Bottle next door or a long-term solution to free up space in your apartment, NYC Velo has you covered!Starting in March, the NYC Velo Shop Ride returns! The dates and times will be posted soon, though all rides will meet at the Blue Bottle Coffee at the Gotham West Market. In addition, we’ll be streaming professional bike races (from the Spring Classics to the Tour de France to the Cyclocross World Championships) live in the Market, right next to The Cannibal Beer & Butcher. Look for other great cycling events coming this year with our friends ( Little Chef, The Brooklyn Kitchen, El Colmado, The Genuine Roadside, Court Street Grocers, and Ivan Ramen) at the Market!

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Spring has Sprung and March is here so the Shop Rides are on starting this Sunday, March 22nd and continuing on all summer long.
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Here is a message from NYC Velo:

Happy first day of Spring! Excited to let you know that NYC Velo, the bike shop at Gotham West Market, will kick off their group “shop rides” this Saturday, March 22, and will continue weekly through the summer.

Rides will meet every Saturday at Blue Bottle Coffee inside the Market at 9am. An average ride will take around three-and-a-half hours, so guests are encouraged to consider their ability and equipment before heading out, though of course, no rider will be left behind and there are several “out & back” points along the ride.

Lead by NYC Velo staff, a typical route may follow the northbound Hudson River bike path and proceed over the George Washington Bridge to River Road in the Palisades State Park before stopping to refuel in Piermont, New York. The group will then return down Route 9W to the bridge and eventually back to Gotham West Market. Routes are subject to change weekly.

Please note that riders must wear helmets to participate and there will be no direct medical support and limited mechanical support on the ride.

Source: here.