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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 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:

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:

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
*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

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.

World Naked Bike Day in NYC

Ok, were a little more modest then the crunchy town of Portland Oregon who recently celebrated World Naked Bike Day with over 5,000 participants.

3625727846_58fab5f91c_o(picture from Jonathan Maus posted at flickr and his blog:

Meanwhile I got a report from NYC’s naked ride from bikeblog reader and WNBR participant, Joe Sharkey:

Arriving at the starting point in the Chelsea about 5:30, apparent riders were heavily outnumbered by media, photographers, and onlookers. The ride did not get started until after 6:30, so there was plenty of time for reporters to photograph people having body paint applied and ask them about why they were doing the ride. Me and my buddies got tired of standing around in our underpants waiting to roll, as it was cold and slightly raining, so we did a few warm up laps around the park where the ride met at the far end of West 23rd street. Most of the riders were nearly naked as opposed to naked at the start of the ride. Most of the riders were also men. Only two women bared their breasts, of about 6 women total riding, and there were a dozen or so riders tagging along who were much more clothed. About 40 riders in total. 25 daring to bare.

Going up W. 23rd to 8th avenue, we got what seemed to be a generally warm reception from bystanders and passing traffic. We only took up 1 sometimes 2 lanes, but the traffic seemed to have difficulty passing us by at a normal speed for some reason. I was delighted to see a young dude on a bmx boldly baring shortly after we started up 8th ave, and his energy was definitely inspiring. There were 2 or 3 other truly naked riders at that point. We used 8th ave as an opportunity to refine our chants: “Burn fat! Not oil!” “More bikes! Less clothes!” and the ever-popular “Less gas! More ass!” Coincidentally, it seems these chants also spontaneously occured in other rides elsewhere. In my post ride media review, I heard “Burn fat! Not oil!” on a vid from Boulder Colorado’s ride, and Time Out Chicago covered thier ride with the “Less gas! More ass!” headline.

There were no problems and lots of fun up 8th to Columbus Circle. In fact, except for a few park rangers at the start, absolutely no police presence or response. This emboldened us, so after a few laps around and a brief pause in the circle, most of us de-briefed fully in front of all the tourists, and rolled out to go down Broadway to Union Square. The new “bike friendly” layout of Broadway proved too narrow to accomodate the wideness of our ride, but it was fun and increasingly crowded as we approached time square. People continued to be largely supportive and excited.

Then, I think around 47th street, our route plan went awry as they had closed off Times square to pedestrians only. The best video footage of the naked ride, no doubt, is from the NYPD times square tower survellience system which decended upon our arrival for a better angle. At that point, about 4 or 5 police officers, mostly plainclothes, started yelling at us to put our clothes back on. All the riders complied, but after slipping my panties back on, cops were still threatening me with three days in jail instead of responding to my inquiries about how much more clothing I had to put on, so at that point I encouraged the ride to alter its route before more police arrived. I heard another rider say he heard a cop on the phone reporting our demand of “Less gas, more ass” to HQ. We went with the only moving traffic and headed westward. We had picked up an unmarked cop car and one of those boxy meter-maid interceptor vehicles.

We circled back north and than east, losing the police car as we trickled through. At one point the interceptor did cork for us, and it always makes me happy to see the police actually interested in our saftey. The broadway confrontation had eliminated the less hardcore riders, so we were down to about 25, and we did indeed cork and run some reds, not much of a problem for that size of ride. We did lose the interceptor as well when we took 5th southbound to get back on Broadway near the Flatiron. It was still a fun ride, but we were no longer naked, and the thrill and liberation of the full nudity certainly made scantily clad less exciting. Approaching union square, the onlookers continued to enjoy our chants and our skin, “Love your body! Ride your bike!”, we went halfway around the square and went east on 15th to another, empty park where we “debriefed” on the ride by checking in who we had lost along the way. One of the organizers had people sign in so we could keep tabs if anyone did get NYPD’d in a bad way…to my knowledge our quick exit from the crackdown did spare us any tickets or arrests. Rain and darkness led us to disperse, some to a local bar, others to wherever, back to normalcy unfortunately.

All said and done a pretty good group ride for Manhattan, clothed or not. Definitely something for the tourists to remember fondly or with disgust. Children certainly were exposed to the fact that, beneath our clothing, we all have pretty much the same bodies. I don’t think anyone was scarred for life. I can’t wait until next year. The real question is whether the police will continue to be oblivious/overreactive, or will they actually attempt to control in a way that works? In boulder, bike-riding cops accompanied the ride and made sure everyone kept the minimal genital coverage. Less naked equals less fun, but more sensible policing equals more respect for law. I hope you can do your part to make next year’s ride many times larger.

More Ass, less gas,