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Pedicabs…Accident and New Proposals.

Last Wednesday morning a bad accident occurred on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg bridge, involving a pedicab and a taxi.
The driver of the pedicab, 42, Nicholas Nicometi was in serious condition at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital.
There were 3 passengers of the pedicab who were injured in the crash.
This story was reported on in the NY Times.

Four Hurt When a Pedicab Slams Into a Taxi in Brooklyn
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A witnesses said the pedicab had just crossed the Williamsburg Bridge and was “coming off the bridge fast” when it hit a taxi. By AL BAKER and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: June 10, 2009

Read the complete article here.

It should be noted that this accident occurred at 7:30 in the morning and brings up several issues about pedicabs and bicycle infrastructure here in NYC.

1) Who the hell takes a pedicab at 7:30am from Manhattan to Brooklyn? Although any accident of this nature is tragic, its seems rather random and reeks that the participants were not in a sound state and perhaps this was some sort of “joyride.”
2) The pedicab was traveling on the South path of the Williamsburg Bridge which is not the ideal route. The North side is much wider and doesn’t empty out into a busy street with limited visibility of on coming traffic. This is a dangerous design for any cyclist and would make sense to separate bikes from pedestrians on two paths which seems to be a rather consistent occurrence on the Manhattan Bridge. Its not official, but most people seem to get the idea that bikes only go on one side and besides the South side of the Manhattan bridge has stairs instead of a bike path acting as a natural deterrent.
3) There is currently a legal fight about regulating pedicabs which if resolved, may have helped to deter the accident and the injuries. Most of the parties involved can agree that safety standards need to be in place such as seat belts and laws against traveling on bridges or in tunnels, but Pedicab advocates are not happy with current legislation which would limit the numbers of the cabs given licenses.

This has now changed since the initial proposed rules of 2007 which is reported on in this recent NY Times article entitled:
Stalled Plan to License Pedicabs Advances
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: June 15, 2009

The city will move forward with its long-stalled regulation of pedicabs, officials said on Sunday, four days after an accident in Brooklyn seriously injured a driver and focused attention on the lack of oversight of the tourist-friendly tricycles.

Owners of the pedal-powered cabs would have a 60-day window to register with the city, under a proposal announced by the mayor and the City Council speaker. Those who provide proof of ownership and insurance would receive a license, providing that their vehicles pass a safety examination.

The proposed rules are a shift from the city’s first attempt at regulating the industry in 2007, when the city insisted on a limit to the number of licenses it would issue. Pedicab owners sued, arguing the cap would hurt established businesses, and regulation was held up for two years.

here.

Events from Time’s Up.

Join Time’s Up! at the Clearwater Hudson River Revival
Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st

Time’s Up! will be providing valet bike parking, tabling, and light repair. Since the 1960’s, the Clearwater Festival has grown into the country’s largest annual environmental celebration, it’s music dance and storytelling, education and activism attracting thousands of people of all ages to the shores of the Hudson River.
www.clearwater.org/festival

Check out the Time’s Up! website for more information and great biking directions from New York City
times-up.org/index.php?page=clearwater.

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Time’s Up! strongly supports the upcoming *Parade Without a Permit*
Friday, June 19th, 9 p.m.
Washington Square Park at the Fountain
Bring noisemakers, signs, and your dancing bodies to reclaim OUR streets!
www.radicalhomosexualagenda.org

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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.

–SUPPORT TIME’S UP! Environmental Organization today by making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member at times-up.org/index.php?page=membership-support. You can even donate real estate!
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Time’s Up.org

EVENTS:
1. VOLUNTEER MEETING- CALENDAR AND EVENTS
Monday, June 15th, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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2. 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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3. VALET BIKE PARKING AT CLEARWATER FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st, 10 a.m.
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
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4. MECHANICS MEETING
Monday, June 22nd, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets
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5. ABC No Rio Common Spaces ’09 & Party
Friday, June 26th, 8 p.m.
ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street between Clinton and Norfolk
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6. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, June 27th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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7. WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
** Now in NYC 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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BOOKMARK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR!

Become a member.

Come ride with NY State’s first lady.

Friday, June 19th, there will be bike ride from Battery park to Harlem.

This is a ride to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Dutch discovery of the Hudson River, and will begin with a brief explanation of the Dutch influence on NYC by a local historian.

Attending this bike ride will be New York State first lady Michelle Paterson who, I am told, frequently bikes from her home in Harlem to her office in Lower Manhattan. She was recently in Haarlem, Netherlands and was fascinated by the history of how her neighborhood in New York got its name.

Event details:
Start: 3 :00pm Friday, June 19, at the North Cove Marina
There will be a very brief talk from a historian, who will speak about the 400th anniversary of the Hudson, and the Dutch influence on NYC (including how Harlem got its name). We will then bike to 125th street, up the Hudson bike path – since this is open to beginner riders, we wanted to keep it short and relatively easy.

I know its at a weird time, but if can make this please come out and lets prove to the NYPD that we can ride in groups over 50 and don’t need a permit.

Now you can donate to a really great cause.

Me.

Oh, sure you could give money to one of those environmentally friendly places like the Sierraclub or locally to Time’s Up

or maybe the animal rights wrestling site:

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or why not support a really great service to the cycling community…

Bikeblognyc.com.

I’ve set up a donation button (top left column) if you are feeling charitable in these times of great economic prosperity. I don’t have any flashy tote bags (yet) but I promise to continue my hard work and dedication, oh yeah and to blog too.

Next week, I’ll be setting up a survey to find out my readers cycling habits, what they are interested in and how I can stalk–I mean find ways I can improve this blog.

I mean if all my readers gave just $1.00, then I could get Sally Struthers on a bike and then have raised at least $5.00.

Thanks MG

New websites, new additions…

A few new websites I’ve been asked to link:

The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin

www.twospoke.com/forum a forum for biking in Austin Texas.

The Bicycle Film Festival has a twitter site: twitter.com/bffworld

Check out bikeswipernyc.blogspot.com. They go around rating the effectiveness of how people lock up their bikes. If you fail, you get a sticker which is a playful reminder your bike is more vulnerable then you think. Also they have an amusing posting on how to get a bike when a swarm of paparazzi comes around trying to photograph stars in NYC.

The new place to go for bike events in Seattle is gomeansgo.org formerly bikebloc.com
Some upcoming events:
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Brooklyn Critical Mass tonight and Time’s Up BBQ

Critical Mass Brooklyn Tonight followed by a Time’s up after party.

Brooklyn Critical Mass After Party
Friday, June 12th, 2009
9:00 PM
East River Bar, 97 S. 6th St, off of Bedford Ave next to the Time’s Up! Brooklyn Space

BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS AFTER PARTY
New Volunteer Meet-N-Greet BBQ Potluck with DJ Special D
Starting at 9pm, following the Brooklyn Critical Mass
Bring food to share–We’ll provide the grill.

Friday-Twitter roundup.

Cycling tweets:

twitter.com/bikechicago posted an article about the debate of sharing the road, motor vehicles and cyclists. Check it out here.
which also lead to an online sound-off by Baltimore’s Urbanite Magazine. Read more here.

twitter.com/qbike Get deals on bikes stuff at www.qbikes.com

Ken Stanek, NYC biker and filmmaker (co-founder of www.bikeshortfilms) is on the road with Quinn and Andy. Riding across the country this summer. Visit www.twoarmparty.com to follow along.

twitter.com/cyclelogical, Cycle commuter gear and information at www.cyclogicalgear.com

twitter.com/bike2wrkspokane Bicycle commuting and information in Spokane Washington. Get free bike maps of the area at srtctransportation.blogspot.com

My Karma ran over Your Dooba

34 year old cyclist Brian Dooba claims he was not only hit by an irate SUV but dragged 200ft. last week in Central Park.

The Daily News reports the driver of the vehicle that allegedly hit Brian is a FOX new reporter named Don Broderick.

Daily News article:
alg_park_cyclist(photo of Brian Dooba from Daily News)

Fox News’ Don Broderick hit me with his SUV in Central Park, says bicyclist.
written by: Sarah Armaghan AND Jonathan Lemire

“Police are investigating a bicyclist’s claim that he was dragged more than 200 feet through Central Park by a SUV driven by a road-raging Fox News writer.

Brian Dooda, 34, says he was knocked from his bike last week and forced to cling to the hood of the SUV driven by Don Broderick, a former New York Post reporter who now works for Rupert Murdoch’s cable channel.”

Complete article here.
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(image from Gawker)

Also in Gawker: “DEATH RIDE: Fox Newser Accused of Dragging Cyclist Through Central Park.”

according to this popular news blog an eye witness on the scene had this to say:

“It was a bizarre sight … a cyclist was on the hood, shouting at the driver, to please please stop the car. That cyclist kept shouting to the guy to stop, he was saying/shouting, “You could have killed me. Stop, Please stop. This is my life.” something like that. We saw his bike in the road, left behind, as the SUV drove on, with the cyclist on his hood.”

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also in the Village Voice Blog: “Fox News hates Cyclists?”

Easy to make connections, when Fox owned paper the NY Post prints editorials with “hate-speak” quotes like this: Dangerous bike riders run wild with impunity. ”

Apparently Mr. Dooba was riding in the roadway loop which is open to motor vehicles during designated times. I can think of easier ways to express ones opinions without resorting to using you truck as a violent weapon. I can also think of other roadways that motorists can use through Central Park designed specifically for motor vehicle traffic. There are 4 major roadways that cut through the park and are not involved with the cycling loop. They have different entrances on the East side vs the West side but they are roughly at 96th, 86th, 81st and 72nd. Also illustrated on this web page by TA. I’ve often asked myself while riding the park loop, “Why exactly do cars and trucks need to drive o n this loop?”

Streetsblog, recently used this recent malicious act of “road rage” driver to highlight the ongoing struggle in trying to make Central Park car-free.
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“Over the years, Central Park’s recreational users have clawed back much car-free time, literally hour by hour. But as someone who has spent thousands of hours out on the loop road, I can report that clashes between drivers and park-goers — ranging from horn honking to curses to threats — occur with unsurprising frequency. The Dooda-Broderick incident made it beyond the park’s boundaries only because of the egregiousness of Broderick’s alleged actions. It stands as the latest stark reminder that Central Park’s loop road cannot be both a refuge and a commuting corridor.
The article went on to state the only thing stopping a car-free park according to sources at City Hall, is an increase of spill over traffic from Harlem.
“Sources within City Hall say that potential spillover traffic in Harlem is the only thing standing between New Yorkers and a car-free park. In fact, Harlem is the neighborhood that has the most to gain from a car-free park. A 2007 Transportation Alternatives study found that 57 percent of private car traffic using the park’s northern entrances originates outside of Harlem. Closing the park to traffic would remove hundreds of cars from Harlem’s streets and reduce tailpipe emissions in the neighborhood by about 3,240 pounds each day.

To get involved with the pursuit of an auto-free central park:

Time’s Up
and
Transportation Alternatives

Success! One of the bikes was found from the stolen bikes page.

Not sure all the details but Brandon wrote me an email saying his girlfriends Yellow Pikachu Bike was found, thanks in part to the posting on my stolen bikes page.

Brandon’s words:
” Someone found it on the upper west side and we live in Brooklyn. Dont know how it got up there but it was unlocked and someone emailed me about it.”

I say, Victory!

LETS GET NAKED!

June 13th.
World Naked Bike Ride.

I dare you.