According to CNN (this must be #fakenews?!?!), 78 year old great-grandmother, Ethel MacDonald, (not to be confused with the famous anarchist propagandist) has cycled solo more than 10,000 miles across Europe, and North America since 2003.
She uses both the Warm Showers and Couchsurfing communities on her trips to save on money for lodging and more importantly to meet new people.
Marchand’s coach and friend Gerard Mistler told the AP that despite being just 5 feet tall and weighing 115 pounds, his fitness is a result of his daily cycling, diet (lots of fruit and vegetables, a little meat, and not too much coffee) and proper rest.
You can watch a 47 minute video of Robert’s historic record breaking ride below:
During a year in which NYC cycling deaths actually increased compared to the previous two years, smart phone manufacturer Samsung produced a TV commercial “Samsung Galaxy: A Perfect Day” posted to youtube on 11/10/2016, which already has over 1,814,000 views, idealizing youths cycling on Brooklyn streets all day on their own showcasing some of its famous neighborhoods.
At two points in the full video, the kids are biking on South 6th Street, in Williamsburg, home to the Time’s Up! Bike Coop!
2) Something to the effect of, people feeling lonely and isolated, wishing their childhood were like what they were seeing in the video.
3) An isolated anti-bike rant: “Nice ad EXCEPT encourages kids to do dangerous stuff on their bikes. Riding off sidewalks into intersections, hogging the road, not stopping at stop signs, etc. Irresponsible of Samsung and its ad agency.” by a youtube user.
Saturday December 31st, 2016
Three meet-up locations: 9:45PM at the Brooklyn-side entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge
OR at 10PM at Washington Square Park Arch, Manhattan
OR at 10:20pm Madison Square Park, 23rd & Broadway, Flatiron Side
Sent to me from Jordan Schau from Pure Cycles: Here’s a story of one man’s quest to recover his stolen bike with the help of social media and a slice of pizza.
Over 1.5 million bikes are STOLEN each year in the US.
Half of all cyclists report having had a bike stolen at some point.
The vast majority of these bikes are not recovered…but every once and a while a lucky rider manages to get their missing bike back…but it usually doesn’t include ransom notes demanding hot dogs…
On April 19th, New Yorker Nick Diodato became another sad statistic of bike theft. His Pure Cycles’ Wallace was stolen from his apartment building by an enterprising thief. Nick wasted no time setting out to get his bike back.
Armed with surveillance footage of the suspect, a handful of flyers, and a flair for film – Nick took to the streets to ask the city for a hand reuniting him with his ride and #FindNicksBike was born. Nick mobilized his mission on social media – creating a video call to action for New Yorkers.
Despite the best efforts of Nick, the NYPD, and the friendly people of New York, on July 2nd the campaign to #FindNicksBike came to an inconclusive end. From back-alley chop shops, high-end bike stores, and even the seedy underworld of Craig’s List – no stone was left unturned, but Nick’s Wallace was still nowhere to be found…
It looked like Nick’s bike would never be recovered… until the afternoon of July 31st when Nick received a call on his tip line and, just like that, the search was back on! A mysterious caller* had information on Nick’s stolen bike, and they were willing to help him out in exchange for some demands of their own….chiefly pizza and hotdogs. With the help of three local bike shops Nick followed a trail of clues across Manhattan and was reunited with his bicycle!
The moral of the story is don’t ever give up…and if someone wants to trade you pizza for a bike, don’t hesitate!