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Time’s Up events for June

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1. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, June 5, 10 p.m.
Meets the first Friday of every month at the Columbus Circle
entrance to Central Park
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2. NIGHT OF THE WATER RENEGADES RIDE
Saturday, June 6, 6:30pm
Meet on the Brooklyn water front at 1 Water St, near Old Fulton
St in Brooklyn
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3. HISTORY, MYSTERY, MURDER & MONEY TOUR
Saturday, June 6, 10pm
Manhattan entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge (SW corner of Chambers
and Centre St/Park Row)
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4. VOLUNTEER MEETING: FUNDRAISING and SPACE COMMITTEES
Monday, June 8th, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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5. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, June 12th, 7 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where
Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West
intersect and Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge
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6. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS AFTER PARTY
Friday, June 12th, 9 p.m.
East River Bar, 97 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue
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7. VOLUNTEER MEETING: CALENDAR/ EVENTS PLANNING
Monday, June 15th, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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8. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, June 13, 9 p.m.
Meets the 2nd Saturday of every month at Grand Army Plaza
entrance of Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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9. PUNK PLANTING PARTY
Saturday, June 13, 1 p.m.
156 Rivington St, between Suffolk and Clinton, Lower East Side,
Manhattan
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10. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, June 19th
7 p.m. – Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25 – Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50 – 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)
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11. BEACH RIDE
Meet-up date and location will be posted to the online calendar
when a great day for swimming appears in the forecast. Check
http://times-up.org/ for updates.
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12. VALET BIKE PARKING AT CLEARWATER FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
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13. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now in Manhattan and Brooklyn! **
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Workshops will be held at
ABC No Rio which is located at 156 Rivington Street between
Suffolk and Clinton Streets.

Wednesday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Time’s Up!
Brooklyn which is located at 99 South 6th Street off Bedford
Avenue
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Time’s UP Calendar

Become a Time’s Up! Volunteer!

Have fun while making a difference for the planet by becoming a
Time’s Up! Volunteer.

Time’s Up! is currently looking for more volunteers and
organizers to help expand our events and campaigns. We have
several volunteer positions open, including internships for
college credit, Membership Database Manager, Volunteer
Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator and more. For more
information on volunteering or to apply visit

http://times-up.org/index.php?page=volunteer#volunteerpositions.

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Time’s Up! is a 20-year-old nonprofit, grassroots environmental organization
of volunteers 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.

–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
You can even donate real estate!

ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

times-up.org

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The Time’s Up! workshops are looking for bicycle repair stands!
We need two (2) heavy-duty, collapsible stands to increase the
capacity of our weekly workshops. We’d prefer Park brand stands
but will take whatever you have. We can provide pick-up and a
tax deductible donations form in exchange your donation. Please
email: xupbicyclecoop@gmail.com with anything you might have
laying around!

Thank you!

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Hal Ruzal gives anti-bike theft tips on Brian Lehrer.

NYC talk show host and bicycle commuter had his first bike stolen in 25 years last weekend.

Really sorry to hear that Brian.

In response he had on the Brian Lehrer show, Hal Ruzal, bicycle guru from one of the oldest bike shops in NYC, Bicycle Habitat (244 Lafayette St-NYC)
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Hal had some good tips on where to lock your bike and what equipment to use.

Listen to this short segment here.

Bike thefts on the rise again.

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Seems like its that time of the year.
I have been posting some recent bike thefts on my stolen bikes page.
If you have any information about these bikes please email the contacts listed.

Looks like even WNYC’s Brian Lehrer had his bike stolen according to a recent status report on Facebook (subscription required)

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Brain…if you’re out there, send me some information about how and when.

Another mapping service.

The Cascade Bicycle Club out of Seattle Washington has created this new site:

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Bikewise.org

Its a data collecting site which creates maps to document:
Theft, Crashes and Hazards.

From the site: “bikewise is a place to learn about and report bike crashes, hazards, and thefts. By sharing our experiences with each other, and with researchers and relevant agencies, we aim to make biking safer and more fun. You can help by adding your reports. “

Once you create a login and password, you can register your bikes here, with specific information to aid with theft and accident reports.

Resources-Ride the City, the google maps for Bikers.

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I’ve started to take a harder look at resources for bikers in this city…Here is a great one:

Ridethecity.com.

Ride the city is like google maps for bike routes.

You just type in where you are starting from:
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and where you are heading, and then the virtual wizard behind the curtain gives you a couple of route options. You can chose the safer option or one that is more direct.
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The mapping is very hands on and you can drag start and stop symbols right onto the map.

The designated route clearly identifies roads that have bike lanes and also there are symbols pointing out the nearest bike shops.
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This site is very quick and responsive.
You also have the option of using SMS and recieveiving text messages to assist in using the bike route you have chosen.
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You type in where you are, and where you are going, and then the wizard behind the curtain gives you the best, safest route.

According to the Ride the City Blog, they have just launched the same web service in Chicago.

Hopefully there will be similar sites for cities all over the world.

Bicycle Film Festival…Next Stop, NYC. June 17th-21st.

NY400-Bikes and the Netherlands…in NYC. June 4th.

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Roos Kouwenhoven of the Royal Netherlands Embassy wanted me to let you know that the NY400 is all about bicycles:

from Roos:
“Again NY400 is all about bicycles and we wanted to give you a heads up
about another exciting event.
On June 4th, the Dutch will be honored for their contribution to New
York City’s biking landscape at the second annual Bicycle For A Day
fundraising event, as part of the NY400 celebrations. At the event,
hosted by actor and founder of Bicycle For A Day,Everyday Matthew
Modine, guests will have the opportunity to learn about biking in NYC
while enjoying an open bar, dishes prepared with organic and local
ingredients, live music by Grammy Award Winning Artist Rahzel,
eco-giveaways and a silent auction with the chance to win an orange
NY400 Batavus bike! For more information visit:
http://www.ny400.org/event

Lots went on this weekend.

I doubt I’ll be remotely able to catch up with all that went on this weekend in the last days of Bike Month.

Friday there was midnight “Kierin” style racing on the desolate streets of Greenpoint Brooklyn.
Basically an elite group of NYC’s finest urban riders did some “street racing.”
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John Prolly has a few pictures and a short report.
–More pictures…
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from Dollparts flickr set.)

–Meanwhile, there was NYC Critical Mass, report to come, but it sounds like the NYPD were playing their usual game of “hardball,” ticketing cyclists for daring to ride their bike in a group…during bike month…such nerve.
Meanwhile in hundreds of other civilized cities around the world, where bike riding is supposed to be encouraged…like, San Paulo, Brazil:
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San Jose:
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London:
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Even Detroit, for crying out loud!:
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Listen, people…just because it was bike month doesn’t mean you can go do something disruptive to the poor drivers and inconvenience them for 10 minutes…by riding bikes…sheesh.

BTW, I was reading the post today at work and they mentioned there has been an increase in crime in the supposedly “fancy” West Village, including the mugging of a 91 year old man. Thank Goodness, the NYPD are busy giving tickets to cyclists in full force.

–Meanwhile, Congratulations to: Denis Menchov, for winning this years 100th Giro D’Italia.
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More info at Europeloton.com. Also you can take a quiz there and guess who will win this year’s Tour De France.

This weekend was also the ECMC (European Cycle Messenger Championships),
Tons of photos floating around Flickr and there was a pool created, here.
Results:
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The full results are here.
I especially love these photos from:
Just (collective)
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Also this weekend…John Prolly, pointed out that it was Shiokaze 09, fixed gear weekend in Japan.
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Also lots of photos on flickr.
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–On Sunday, there was a number of events in NYC including Time’s Up Doggie Pedal Parade.
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Chris Ryan from Team Spider obviously not getting the memo brought his cats: Snotty and the Rat.
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–There was also the Bike Jumble in Park Slope. Brooklyn’s first bicycle swap meet.
Cyclingwmd was on hand and wrote about it on his blog.

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Twitter move.

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Well I am still straightening this thing out, but the twitter feed for this site is now at: www.twitter.com/bikeblognyc

If you are following my tweets on www.twitter.com/greenbiker, please add me to your list of followers.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

My Movie is playing at bicycle film festival in Memphis

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In 2002, I made a documentary along with punk rock star Christopher Ryan and award winning film maker Jesse Epstein.

Together we were the “electric vikings,” a team of 7, among 800 other participants in one of the best fun rides ever.

The Warriors, the bike race. This movie will be screening at the Bicycle Film Festival in Memphis …tonight.

Try and make it.