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Fundraiser for Norman Siegel

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Norman Siegel has always fought for the bikes in NYC.
Now its time to fight for him.

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There will be a fundraiser for his campaign as NYC public advocate tonight.

An Invitation To
A Comedy/Music Fundraiser
Hosted by
Randy Credico
at The Yippie Museum
9 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
Refreshments will be served
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 8:00pm
Tickets- $20.00 Suggested
or $10 if you’re low on funds.

HELP NORMAN GET ON THE BALLOT

To get on the ballot in September, Norman needs to collect signatures from New Yorkers throughout the city, and he needs your help to do it. In only a few hours on an evening or weekend, you can help Norman make a difference for all New Yorkers.

If you haven’t signed up for petitioning, please email info@normansiegel.com and let us know when you are available.

Light up seatpost

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Saw this floating around the London Fixed gear forum

the official thread was here.

Pretty Dope.

John Prolly’s got some moves…and a new logo

That’s some hot Sizzle.
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Check out this video of him and Eric Puckett having some sessions on the week of the NYC bicycle film festival.

BFF09 Week Edit pt. 1 from John Prolly on Vimeo.

Some safety stats and facts

I got sent this news report on the DOT’s “Look” campaign.
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It is an awareness campaign to highlight the work of the
The New York City Bicycle Safety Coalition which was formed in 2006 in response to a 40% increase in cyclist fatalities over the prior year in the five boroughs.

Their motto: “The Coalition is comprised of a range of parties who have one goal in mind: to make the streets safer for everyone.”

Here is the MY9 news report featuring New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, making us all feel good about bike lanes:
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This is kind of an old campaign but just in time for new report which came out rating NYC drivers the most aggressive.
NYC likes to be first and now they can proudly hold the title of: “ROAD RAGE capital of the U.S.” Proudly beating out Miami.

NYC drivers named America’s most aggressive
Big Apple overtakes Miami to be voted road rage capital of the U.S.
Image: A taxi drives through a downtown Manhattan

updated 4:42 a.m. ET, Tues., June 16, 2009

NEW YORK – New York has overtaken Miami to be voted the U.S. city with the angriest and most aggressive drivers, according to a survey on road rage released on Tuesday.

Miami topped the annual poll for the last four years but voters in 25 major metropolitan areas gave New Yorkers the prize for angriest, most aggressive drivers who tailgate, speed, honk their horns, overreact and lose their tempers.

The response of New Yorkers to bad drivers also helped push the city into the top slot for road rage.

Read the article here.

There was also a telling fact from a recent GMAC insurance company annual test for drivers and guess who had the lowest scores in the country:
worst record

So remember the next time you hear someone bitching about bikers zipping through intersections and not stopping at red lights, remind them that Drivers here can’t even remember what a double yellow line means and are prone to fits of rage.

Hmmm, I know a cure for that…its called riding a bike.

Enter to win a Stida folding bike

Inhabitat.com is having a contest:

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Pimp my Eco-Ride! Just join the mailing list and write a comment on why your deserving of this cool ass fold-up.

More info on the contest and to enter, here.

Wednesday’s, Caption this photo.

Here is a new segment I like to call,
Caption this bike related photo:
critical-mass

leave your captions for this random photo in the comments section below.

Bicycle Film Festival Trailer-2009

When can I bring my bike in the building?

Good question.
Ben Fried of Streetsblog reports on the latest feet dragging of our city council and the current state of the Bicycle Access Bill. (Intro 871)

Read the latest here.

Summer Streets continues…

Summer Streets on Vanderbilt will continue until the end of June. This weekend will feature many great activities, including more live music from Meryl Leppard, The Clubs, Lindsay Wolf, and We are the Light on the main stage. In addition, Scandinavian Half-Breeds will be playing music outside of Bike and Board (between Dean and Bergen). LAVA, a dance group, will be performing and teaching classes, and Gymstars Circus Camp will be giving juggling classes. Summer Streets on Vanderbilt will also have arts and crafts for the kids as well as a performance by Music for Aardvarks. As always, local businesses and restaurants will be open for plenty of great shopping and dining.

Summer Streets on Vanderbilt is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council in conjunction with NYCDOT.

When: Sundays, June 21st and 28th, Noon – 5pm

Where: Vanderbilt Ave from Dean St. to Park Pl., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Price: Free

Great round up of World Naked Bike Day

I got sent a link to this great round up articles and video from the World Naked Bike Day:

Check it out at: www.bikejuju.com

I particularly like this video from Portland:

Cirque du Cycling Bike Parade from brewcaster on Vimeo.

and this article from the NY Daily News:
No oil and no clothes: Cyclists ride in the (near) buff

BY Clare Trapasso and Jotham Sederstrom
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
*Jun 13 - 00:05*
Rose Gagioti, of the West Village, during “World Naked Bike Day” held around the globe to protest oil dependency.

No oil and no clothes: Cyclists ride in the (near) buff

BY Clare Trapasso and Jotham Sederstrom
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Sunday, June 14th 2009, 4:00 AM
Taggart for News

The naked bikers on their Manhattan journey.
Rose Gagioti, of the West Village, during “World Naked Bike Day” held around the globe to protest oil dependency. Taggart for News

Rose Gagioti, of the West Village, during “World Naked Bike Day” held around the globe to protest oil dependency.
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It was a protest in the raw.

Well, almost. About 40 scantily clad men and women braved the rain for a nearly nude bike ride on the streets of Manhattan Saturday – until cops forced the joy riders to button up.

Bystanders from Central Park to Union Square gawked as the cyclists stripped down at traffic lights – some even baring it all – in a two-hour ride meant to protest overreliance on oil and automobiles.

“I figure it’s the craziest thing I’ll do in my life,” said Darla Krupnik, 19, whose undone tan trench coat left little the imagination. “My parents are going to kill me.”

The mostly male cyclists began at a park on 11th Ave. in Chelsea and finished up at Union Square.

Similar bike rides – somewhere far more revealing – took place in Los Angeles, Albany, Portland, Oregon, Washington, London and Montreal.

Read the complete article here.