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Williamsburg Walks 2009-this weekend

Saw this on streetsblog

Due to last years big success, streets of Williamsburg Brooklyn will be closed again to vehicles.

(from billburg.com website)
The L Magazine and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) have partnered this year to organize the 2009 Williamsburg Walks. We invite North Brooklyn residents, visitors and merchants to celebrate the community on a pedestrian Bedford Avenue: Williamsburg’s lively main drag will be closed to cars between North 4th and North 9th Streets every Saturday from June 6th to July 11th from noon to sunset.

Area non-profits and businesses will be organizing events and activities – acoustic music, urban gardening, children’s classes, performances, and many more – and the June 13th date coincides with The L’s Northside Music and Arts Festival, which will bring even more public programming to the neighborhood.

This year, we’re hoping to make the event even more enjoyable for the neighborhood—feedback was collected during the successful 2008 season that has informed many of this year’s improvements. We invite you to give your opinion and share your concerns to make this year a success.

Williamsburg Walks is also a great opportunity to support the community. Click here to learn about volunteering this summer.

If you or your organization would like to contribute to Williamsburg Walks (organize activities, donate street furniture, etc.), please email williamsburgwalks@gmail.com with your suggestions.

More info at www.billburg.com/walks

also:

Every Sunday in June, Vanderbilt Avenue between Dean Street and Park Place will go car-free from noon to 5 p.m.

Read more at Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

June 11th, Screening of No Impact Man

Rooftop films presents and advance screening of the documentary: “No Impact man.

This is a 90 minute documentary by Laura Gabbert & Justin Schein. They follow the life of Colin Beaven, who along with his family, decided to live a lifestyle with the least amount of impact on the environment.

One of their decisions was to give up car transport and use alternative transportation like…the bicycle. Smart man.

a bit from a Rooftop films press release:

–Colin Beavan, a writer living in Manhattan with his wife and daughter, decided to find out what it means to live a “no impact” life.

For one year, Beavan becomes “No Impact Man,” attempting to live his normal life in New York City, without leaving an impact on the environment. No new products. No chemicals. No non-local food. No electricity. He sacrificed his personal comfort, risked his self-esteem, and even jeopardized his relationship with his family, all for this strange test.

The challenge is, of course, rather quixotic. Couldn’t Beavan simply reduce, reuse, recycle, like so many of us (try to) do? But his obsessiveness generates immediate, widespread attention for the project, generating acclaim and disdain, including detractors that range from dismissive major media outlets to mean-spirited personal attacks. Beavan is forced to re-examine No Impact Man, to question this idea that’s the driving force in his life. But will he renounce it?

The public scrutiny provides the intellectual spark for the film, but the tension between Colin and his wife Michelle Conlin is the emotional core of the film. Conlin lives like so many of us: proudly eating takeout, compulsively buying the latest products, taking for granted the excessive habits of consumerism. Sneaking an espresso here and there seems a minor offense, but the guilt from Colin is burdensome. I’m sure many of us think we could handle a year without chemical laundry detergent or new handbags, but what about a fly-infested compost bin in the kitchen, or a pot-within-a-pot refrigeration experiment? And what of her job at Business Week, examining (and in many ways promoting) the essence of the culture No Impact Man is critiquing?

Schedule of the screening:
Venue: On the lawn of Automotive High School
Date: Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Address: 50 Bedford Ave. @ North 13th St. (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Directions: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.
Rain: In the event of rain the show will be held indoors at the same location
7:00PM: Doors open
8:00PM: Sound Fix Records presents live music by The Hungry March Band
9:00PM: Film
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-party: Open Bar at Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave. @ Driggs) Courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
Tickets: $9 at the door or online at www.rooftopfilms.com
Presented in partnership with: The Fledgling Fund, Cinereach, New York magazine, IndiePix, Shooting People, Council Member David Yassky & Automotive High School

More info on the movie: www.noimpactman.com

More info on rooftop films: rooftopfilms.com

Video Fridays

Video from Steve McMaster of last weekends Time’s Up Doggie Pedal Parade:

Trailer for new Bootleg Sessions 3 video which is out:

Bootleg Sessions v.3 has dropped from Ride/Relax Productions on Vimeo.

Video to promote the new photo book: “the City Can’t Swallow Me,” by Matt Lingo about San Diego fix gear scene.

This City Can’t Swallow Me from Matt Lingo on Vimeo.

Death Pedal, Austin Premiere

DEATH PEDAL ATX Premier and Grand Opening of Fast Folks Cyclery from John Rensho on Vimeo.

Trailer for documentary on the Stupor Bowl:

Video of Rockin N Rollin Fixie riders club, INSEP track training:

RnR INSEP training from Rock'n'Rollin Fixie Riders on Vimeo.

Velo Cult shop in San Diego

Velo Cult Shop Check by Kareem Shehab from Killa Kareem on Vimeo.

Track bike tricks look even cooler in 16mm. Super Ted

14 Bike Co. from ODGE WONG on Vimeo.

オ ンセイcotm2 from Voise on Vimeo.

Internet Round Up-New blogs, and those twittering.

Newly Discovered bike Blogs:

Londoncyclist.co.uk tagline: “The perfect blog for all the commuters in London and everywhere. This blog is here to help you get the most out of your every day cycle”

bicycledesign.blogspot.com News on the every changing world of bicycle design and innovations.
cyclecommuter.wordpress.com
www.cyclezine.net News and information on biking scene in San Francisco.
oldbikeblog.blogspot.com information about vintage bicycles, repair and refurbishing from San Diego area.

Who’s twittering:
Outlier Clothing

Team Slipstream

Sydney BFF 2009

Events this weekend.

Lots going on for bikes all over the place:

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Philadelphia…June 7th,
the 25th annual- Philadelphia International Cycling Championship

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Virgina…June 5th, 6th and 7th.
the 12th annual- LeCirque Du Cyclisme Three days of bike Group rides and lectures. Celebrating vintage leightweight racing & touring and the artisans carrying on the tradition. In historic Leesburg Virginia.

Greenboro, North Carolina will be involved in building bike trails as part of June 6th-National Trail Day.

More info at Bikerumor.com and www.greensborovelo.com/mt

In LA, June 5th…screening of RAD.

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Sanfrancisco-June 7th, Grand opening of PushBikes, new track bike boutique owned by Messenger Champs Sarah Murder, of team murder and SF courier legend Ian.
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“Our Grand Opening Party will be Sunday June 7th to coincide with SF Sunday Streets. The streets will be closed to encourage cycling! Please join us for drinks and bbq. 12pm-5pm. Help celebrate the opening of Pushbike!”

Their blog.
Great article from Cyclezine.net

Best of luck to Sarah and Ian on their new shop.

Portland, Oregon.
The Mount Hood Cycling Classic, wraps up this weekend.

Arizona-June 5th, Premiere of DEATH PEDAL
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Germany-June 5th,
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Through the weekend.
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DOT NYC-locator map for bike racks

This just in from Brooklynbybike:

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The DOT has a nice map showing off the bike racks in NYC.

Check it out here.

This is part of the Cityracks program.

City Reliquary Bike Ride-100th Anniversay of Queensboro Bridge

Invitiation from Dave Herman, President of he City Reliquary
Museum and Civic Organization

–”City Reliquary Bike Ride
to the LIC Bike Parade for the
100th Anniversary of the Queensboro Bridge!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Join the most civic museum in town, the City Reliquary, in celebrating the Queensboro Bridge’s 100th anniversary. In tandem with this big bridge’s birthday, we will ride our bicycles to Socrates Sculpture Gardens to kickstart their 2nd Annual LIC Bike Parade on June 6th!

Learn about the magnificent history of the best bridge to Queens as well as the development of the most ethnically diverse region in America! Understand the unfolding of Queens’ various immigrant enclaves as well as the cultural and social history of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park which hosted not one but two Worlds Fairs! Upon arriving on Vernon Boulevard we will herald the start of Socrates Sculpture Park’s 2nd Annual LIC Bike Parade, up and down Vernon Blvd, which will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Meet at the City Reliquary at 11:45am. We will ride to the East Side Heliport – E60th streets btwn 1st avenue and the East River, arriving at 12:45pm. We will then casually and civically ride across the Queensboro Bridge and learn its history mid-span, then continue the Queens stories on the Queens side. Upon arriving at Socrates at 1:45, we will help start the LIC Bike Parade at 2.

Free! Bring your bicycle!
Saturday June 6th 2009
11:45am at the City Reliquary or
12:45pm at the East Side Heliport, E60th street btwn 1st Avenue and the East River
RSVP prefered but not required.
*****
Located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization provides a wide array of services to the community. As a certified 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, we are committed to serving the people of New York City – natives, newcomers, and passersby. Originally established as a window-front display only museum in 2002 at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Sts, it moved into its present location in 2006 and is committed to plan and host public events, which provide neighbors and visitors with a place to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our community.

The City Reliquary’s hours are: Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 6pm. Admission to the museum is by suggested donation. For general information, please visit the Museum’s website www.cityreliquary.org or call 718. R U CIVIC.

Dave Herman, President
The City Reliquary
Museum and Civic Organization”
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Video from 100 year celebration kick-off by streetfilms.org

BFF NYC is coming and Wonka’s gonna ride up giant letters!

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You know the deal. 3 days of movies, block party, alleycats, BICYCLE MOVIES!

Buy tickets…
here.

Report back from Memphis BFF.

Cort Percer wrote me this great recap from last weekends Bicycle film festival.

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–”As Memphis’s first BFF and a kickoff to the 2009 BFF year, I would say that things went splendidly. Memphis is a bit small so instead of the usual 4-day BFF we decided to focus on the core and held a 2-day event to be remembered. Even though the official festivities weren’t scheduled to start until Friday, that didn’t stop some old friends from showing up Thursday night and joining myself and “AB Chomps” for a few pitchers. Last call is 3AM so I went home to get some rest (my earliest night) while a Baton Rouge contingent pedaled around getting oriented.

Friday daytime was spent running errands (laundry, spoke cards, rearranging the fridge to accomodate more beer…) Other BFF Team Members decorated the exterior of the Brooks Museum and set up space for the Bike Valet. Brent Barbur arrived and made business with his Blackberry while folks from New Orleans, Birmingham, Baton Rouge and Memphis checked out some scenery. Around 6pm I hauled bikes to the nightclub Nocturnal as folks from Nashville pulled into town and we set up the roller races (opensprints).

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We missed the 7PM screening but were able to get everything tight (so we thought) in time for the 9PM screening. Myself and a group of about 15 Nash-villains pedaled to the Brooks Museum and checked our bikes. There was a good crowd there, about 200 for the screening. So that means that 200 more people have seen your movie. After the films the majority of people pedaled back to Nocturnal for sprints. As the girls were racing prelim heats one of the bikes tipped over. Somehow the fork wasn’t tightened sufficiently into the mount. Fortunately the young lass only had her pride hurt and we were able to switch out bikes. But now I owe my friend a new fork. The heats started for the guys and ran pretty late; some people had to leave and others didn’t hear their name called which, combined with speed, persistence, and only a few beers, allowed me to win the sprints. My prize, a Castelli wool jersey, was unfortunately swiped before we left for the afterparty. Whereabouts are still unknown.

At the afterparty libations flowed down our dry throats and took several of us up. Up into an oak tree in the front yard. It was there that a rally-cry for the rest of the weekend was spawned: “I’m on a OAK!” At 6AM we were out of beer so five of us headed out for more. We made it as far as the Barksdale Restaurant and sat down for breakfast. We finally made it home at 8:30AM, just in time for my girlfriends alarm to sound so she could go set up the block party for the festival.
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Day 2. After four hours of sleep several of us pedaled to Central BBQ (I know the BFF is vegetarian, but you can’t come to Memphis and not have Q.) From there we pedaled to the Brooks Museum and caught the Block Party. There were a couple of pick-up games of polo then everyone filed in for the screening of Road to Roubaix.
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After that there were more pick-up games while I and some volunteers made final preps for the alleycat. One of the checkpoints was the riverboat landing where people had to ride a stretch of cobblestones, circle a cone and come back. Many people said that they were ecstatic when they saw the cobblestones; Road to Roubaix had pumped them up! The alleycat ended with a slip’n'slide into what eventually became a mud puddle.

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The winners were Mike Crouch (1st & 1st out-of-towner) and Megan Miller (1st girl). For their prizes they recieved growlers from local brewery Bosco’s (brewed with water from Memphis’s aquifers!) After the race everyone went to wash the mud and sweat from their bodies before heading to Murphy’s for the Bikes Rock! show. It was a packed house with 4 bands playing: River City Tanlines, Girls of the Gravitron, Magic Kids, and The Warble. After that there was more afterpartying, more breakfast, more “I’m on a OAK!” and at that point the police showed up and laughed at everyone in the tree. A 10AM bedtime and no voice means I was still asleep when everyone left so I didn’t get to say any good-byes but I did get some nice thank-you notes on the fridge, as well as a 12-pack of Pabst.

We started a Flickr pool at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1130765@N21 so you can check out photos from the weekend. If you have any questions about anything just let me know.

I’m on a OAK!

Thanks,
Cort Percer
Fixmemphis.blogspot.com

Now that’s a cool look and other random fashion news…

So maybe the fact that I’m only ranked 31st best bicycle blog is because I don’t do enough for fashion. Well here is what I think is the best fashion I’ve seen on a bike in a while:

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Yes, that’s 30 Rock’s own Tracy Morgan dressed as a cell phone on the set of a new Kevin Smith movie called: “A Couple of Dicks.”

Maybe I tend to steer clear of fashion trends when it comes to biking because of the clueless nature of the established fashion world.

Like this recent Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) contest called: “Biking in Style Challenge.”

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The idea here was to have FIT students come up with a contest to make clothes that were easier to bike in, and of course still look cool, as if this is some sort of impedance to being able to ride your bike.
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Here is a recent article by Eric Wilson, from the NYTimes called: Project Bike Lane.

There are many reasons why New York City commuters have been hesitant to bicycle to work in greater numbers: personal safety, the scarce availability of bike racks and the weather, among them. A perhaps more superficial, though still important, consideration is figuring out something to wear that will be both functional and professional looking. Or, at the least, something that will not show grease stains.

read the rest of it here.

Yeah…I’m a little more concerned about not becoming the hood ornament of a guy in his Escalade who’s too busy talking on his phone while driving then to think about if my poncho matches my pedal pushers.

This contest is co-sponsored by a Renaud Dutreil, a big shot at luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, a 51 year old who rides his bike everyday.
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our ol pal Donna Karan, fashion maven behind DKNY, who had the brilliant idea last year to chain up orange bicycles around the city to some how promote biking even though no one could ride them, not even all the folks in town for fashion week. I mean what sense does it make to promote biking…by biking?

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They also had a far to similar resemblance to the white ghost bikes which also can’t be ridden because their owners are dead, killed by cars while biking.

Here are some clothes by my friends at Outlier, getting you ready for summer…
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A note from designer Tyler:
As the summertime heat kicks up, Outlier has only one goal for their newest pants, to make them feel like they aren’t there at all. The Outlier Summer Editions are made from a light weight breathable material that actually wicks moisture from the inside and repels water from the outside so you always feel comfortable and dry even in the humidity and passing summer showers. Perfect for those long summer days that take you from the office to the beachside breezes.
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The Summer Editions are available in both Outlier’s classic OG Pant cut and the new slim Climber cut for $220. Pale gray, limited edition.

(I know $220 for pants are expensive, but these guys are bikers and know a thing or two about fashion and durability.)

Now back to some more clueless insulting stuff. Let me get this straight, we want to promote biking in the city and decrease automobile congestion, which is why the DOT is closing streets to cars and putting in more bike lanes…but we still allow this?
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Giant advertisements on trucks who clog up the streets with the soul mission of promoting products, and its a freakin HUMMER, the most polluting vehicle on the planet which is now defunct (thank God) cause GM is broke.

Yeah.