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Tomorrow, Track Bike Holiday-Monster Track 14-prize bag by Reload

Tomorrow (Saturday-March 16th) is the 14th annual Monster Track alleycat race. A New York City tradition. Fixed gear only, no hand brakes, live in open traffic.

Here is a dramatic promo from Urban Cyclist Worldwide

Winner of this coveted fixed gear classic will win a messenger bag custom made by Roland and his crew at Reload Bags in Philadelphia, now celebrating their 15th year in business. Here’s a video of the making of this years 2013 Monstertrack prize bag.

This is a great event to check out even if your not racing a fixed gear in the streets. People travel from all over the world and it is a true celebration of our biking culture. A fixed gear holiday.

Check out the Monster Track Facebook page for more details.

Time’s Up tour of 7 crash sites. Friday, March 15th, 2013-Criminally Suspect Ride

The rise in car violence in NYC has definitely alarmed local residents especially since many of these crashes have not been properly investigated by the NYPD. Compacted with the fact that the cops have seemed to found time to continue their winter ticketing blitz of cyclists involved in traffic violations.

Time’s Up is taking action and leading a tour of sites where cyclists and pedestrians have been killed in recent months to draw attention to the seriousness of car violence and the need for the NYPD to change its policy.

Here is more information from Time’s Up.

TIME’S UP! LEADS BICYCLE TOUR TO 7 MEMORIALS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS KILLED BY LAW-BREAKING DRIVERS ABSOLVED OF CRIMINALITY BY N.Y.P.D.

WHAT:
Bicycle-ride to seven locations in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn where memorials will be made for pedestrians and cyclists killed by drivers who committed traffic violations, yet within hours of each crash the NYPD declared there was “No Criminality Suspected,” and the accident investigation reports were never released to the public, including members of the victims’ families.

WHEN:
Friday, March 15, 2013

WHERE:
10am, ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street, Manhattan

New York, NY – On March 15, 2013, Time’s Up! will lead a bicycle tour to seven memorials that will be erected for pedestrians and cyclists that were killed by automobiles that committed at least one traffic violation.

Continue reading Time’s Up tour of 7 crash sites. Friday, March 15th, 2013-Criminally Suspect Ride

Am I Invisible? Launch party, 3/23/13

Last month a contest was launched for photographers to document the NYC cycling community, in an effort to bring attention to our vibrant two wheeled community often over shadowed by car culture. Next Friday is an award ceremony and exhibit launch party. Here is the official invite with more details.

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You’re invited!
Please join us for the exhibition launch, party and award ceremony
of Am I invisible? A Portrait of New York City Bicyclists

On March 22 at Rolling Orange Bikes we will honor the creativity of photographers who celebrate the style and diversity of New York City bicyclists.

Location and Directions:
March 22nd – 6 – 8 pm
Rolling Orange Bikes
269 Baltic Street (between Court and Smith)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: (718) 935-0695
Subway: Bergen F, G

ABOUT AM I INVISIBLE? A PORTRAIT OF NEW YORK CITY BICYCLISTS
Am I Invisible? is a photo contest organized by Bicycle Utopia to bring together New York City’s creative and cycling communities. Photographers, artists and cycling enthusiasts from all over the city sent in their best work. A portion of the contest entry fee will be donated to Transportation Alternatives.

Along with Rolling Orange Bikes, Am I Invisible? was organized with support from New York City bike shops, Abus and BikeParka.

A jury of eight professionals from the biking and art community will choose the best images. The winners will be awarded a gift certificate that will be honored in the participating bike shops of the winners’ choice. All the contest entrants have a chance to win an Abus lock, a BikeParka or a wheelylift.

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It’s not how big your Velodrome is. Red Bull Mini Drome comes to Brooklyn.

It’s often been said…”Dare to dream big,” especially in a city like NYC, home to the Rockefellers and Robert Moses industrialist types. The land of towering monstrosities like the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building and sky scrappers that distinguish the most recognizable skyline in the world. Big Dreams like putting in a basketball stadium in the middle of downtown Brooklyn. This seemed like the right environment for a cyclist’s dream to put in a velodrome track along with the largest donation to a city park in NYC history. Size may have been part of the problem for cycling enthusiast and millionaire Joshua Rechnitz, who’s 50 million dollar dream of opening a velodrome in Brooklyn was shot down like a failed audition on American idol. But fear not Brooklyn because there will be cycle track racing!

And this time…size doesn’t matter, in fact it’s the opposite. Think small…Think mini.


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Red Bull has been doing this all over the world, transforming a space into an indoor cycling venue. With the help of the German design force at Velotrack, a team that built tracks for Atlanta Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games, they’ve come up with the smallest possible size and the maximum amount of excitement.

Now it’s Brooklyn’s shot. Next Saturday, March 23rd, the Bushwick Church will come alive with a sanctimonious competition not seen since they tried to elect a new Pope at a Vatican conclave.

Here is how it works…

100 of NYC’s fastest single speed and fixed gear maniacs will race against the clock to qualify starting at 5:00pm.

The field will be narrowed down to 32 with the fastest time.

The doors open at 9:00pm to spectators and the first 1,000 people are free.

The racers will duke it out, in a head to head competition, reaching speed of up to 30mph.

The event is hosted by David Ortiz

Music preformance by Ninjasonik-with my favorite hit…”Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant.”

spinning, black label’s own- DJ Dirty Finger

I’ve always marveled at this competition by watching numerous web videos of past events and I’m super psyched it’s coming to Brooklyn.

To gain entry-RSVP at: minidromenyc.eventbrite.com/

HOST: DAVE ORTIZ
DJ: DIRTYFINGER
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: NINJASONIK
VENUE: BUSHWICK CHUCH, 626 BUSHWICK AVE BROOKLYN
DOORS: 9PM
MAIN EVENT: 10PM
FREE WITH RSVP, 21+
COMPLIMENTARY BIKE VALET
#RBMiniDrome on Twitter
Follow Red Bull NYC on Twitter: @redbullnyc

SPONSORS:
DAVES WEARHOUSE
CHROME
BROOKLYN MACHINE WORKS
SOL REPUBLIC
GRIME BIKES

Videos from past events:

Mini Drome London-January 15th, 2011

Mini Drome Orlando-August 25th, 2011

Mini Drome Scotland-October 2nd, 2011

Mini Drome Sao Paulo-June 30th, 2012

Mini Drome Tokyo-November 23rd, 2012

Monster Track 14

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Bikeblognyc turns 9

Number 9, Number 9, Numb—can anyone see this number and not think of that song?
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It’s that time of the year…when I stop and take a sentimental moment to think about 9 (gulp) years of biking and blogging in NYC.

Happy Birthday to me. Hit it boys.

Thanks to all my sponsors and advertisers. Last year was really an epic one for free stuff including a complete bicycle from Pure Fix.

Thanks to all the bike nerds around the world who follow me on various social networks including over 5,000 followers on twitter.

This year promises to be equally exciting with lots more blog mania and maybe even a “Harlem Shake video.”

New documentary about High School Cycling programs-Single Track High

We all know it starts early, the love of cycling, so I was really excited to receive this press release about a new documentary following the rise in the movement of high school cycling programs.

There is a premiere in upstate NY on tuesday…Here is more information.

Singletrack High–Documentary Premieres in Irvington, March 12th 2013.

Proceeds benefit the upstart New York High School Cycling League

Dobbs Ferry, NY– Singletrack High- a documentary showcasing the positive impact of the high school cycling movement- is having its New York State premiere at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on Tuesday, March 12th. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the upstart New York High School Cycling League.

The New York league is one of three new leagues to join the national movement in 2012. New York’s first race season kicks-off April 28th with the Ridge 2 Ridge Race at Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers.

Students and their parents, along with members of the local cycling community, are expected to pack the house for the documentary’s premiere. The film takes a close look at the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s (NICA) NorCal High School Cycling League, Singletrack High follows a diverse group of high school students through the 2012 mountain bike racing season.

Who: New York High School Cycling League
What: Screening of Singletrack High
Where: Irvington Town Hall Theater
When: March 12th, 7:30 PM
Why: Raise Awareness of Newly Forming Statewide Program
Tickets: $16, Available Here or at the theater

Here is a trailer:

Singletrack High Teaser from Pedal Born Pictures on Vimeo.

Third straight year, Ticket Blitz on cyclists while Reckless Drivers continue to Kill

I first started documenting the NYPD ticketing cyclists back in 2011, when it seemed to be a coordinated effort by local law enforcement to “crackdown” on illegal cycling maneuvers. Based on several reports, and random postings like this on twitter:
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It seems as if the police are at it once again in the coldest months of the year and with ridership at it’s lowest. Most of the NYC cycling community would agree there is a lot of bad biking out there but an organized effort by the police to enforce traffic laws on cyclists is infuriating especially in light of recent events where reckless motorists have killed bikers and pedestrians.

Two incredibly tragic events happened within the last two weeks:
A 7 year old, Amar Diarrassouba was killed in Harlem walking to school last week and there was the gut renching story of a pregnant hasidic couple (21 year old-Nachman and Raizy Glauber) killed on the way to the hospital by a hit-and-run driver.

Reckless driving is often left unchecked and many commuters in NYC feel if there is any coordinated effort by the NYPD to make our streets safer it should be focused on vehicles leading to fatalities.

One concerned citizen, Duncan Meisel, created an online petition and is looking for signatures.
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Please let your voice be heard and sign on, here.

There has been some positive activity on the NYPD taking vehicular violence more seriously. The NY Times reports that after much criticism of the NYPD’s lack of investigating car crashes, things are starting to change.

After Criticism, Police Change Policy and Begin Investigating More Traffic Crashes
By: Matt Flegenheimer and J. David Goodman
Published: March 10, 2013

In a marked shift of protocol, the New York Police Department has begun conducting robust investigations of traffic crashes that result in critical injuries but not certain or likely death. In the past, investigators from a specialized unit, the Accident Investigation Squad, were sent only when at least one victim had died or was deemed by first responders to be “likely to die.”

The new policy was outlined in a letter sent last week from the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, to the City Council. Under it, the department’s crash investigators will be summoned “when there has been a critical injury or when a Police Department duty captain believes the extent of the injuries and/or unique circumstances of a collision warrant such action,” Mr. Kelly wrote.

read more here.

Time’s Up–Valentine’s Day Party

It’s that time of year again for bicycle love on Valentine’s Day.

Time’s Up Valentine’s Day Party of Love and {anti}-War:

facebook event page.

Thursday, February 14th
9pm – Group Ride departs Gaia Tree in Tompkin Square Park
10pm – Doors open at Living Theater
21 Clinton Street, Manhattan

Entertainment Includes:
Burlesque Performance by Honey Chicava!
Bike Dance by NYBD (New York Bike Dance) on Time’s Up Energy Bikes!
Performance by hip hop group Cheetahs on the Loose!
DJing by DJ Fake Money!
Performance by No Way Josie featuring Kym “Non-Stop” Perfetto!
MCing by the women of Cheetahs on the Loose!

Drinks Include:
Brooklyn Beer!
Love Potion 69!
And Wine! Wine! Wine!

$20 suggested, sliding scale. Membership included.

Bring your friends, make-up with your enemies, kiss your lovers, and dedicate this dance to your big time love – your bicycle. Get ready to spread the bike love and support your community. Lots of sweets, strawberries, a chocolate fountain, and chocolate body painting!

Check out our Promo Video:

And photos from our 2011 and 2012 Valentine’s Parties:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/txup/sets/72157626034205250/

And

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Hot sweaty, half naked biker dudes hanging from the ceiling…

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You don’t want to miss this one…

The Kids are Alright-on bikes…Youth Bike Summit 2013

Young minds come together in NYC to talking about bicycles and related politics at the:

2013 Youth Bike Summit
YOUTH BIKE SUMMIT 2013

More details:

WHEN: Friday February 15 – Sunday February 17
WHERE: The New School 66 W 12th St New York, NY
ADMISSION: $20/youth; $35/adult

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Enrique Penalosa, Former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia & Devlynn Chen, Local Spokes Youth Ambassador

REGISTRATION: youthbikesummit2013-eac2.eventbrite.com
VISUALS:
1. Keynote Speakers Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Colombia and Devlynn Chen, 17 year old Recycle-A-Bicycle intern speaking together.
2. Rude Mechanical Orchestra marching band procession leading 200 attendees with colorful signs down 6th Ave in Manhattan to workshop sessions.
3. Group workshops with people engaging in conversation.

Recycle-A-Bicycle’s Youth Bike Summit is a three-day national conference geared toward youth, bikes education, and advocacy. Whether you’re a student, educator, or advocate, there is much to be learned though this dynamic, inter-generational exchange. This national conference offers a youth and adult Keynote presentation, 15 engaging workshops, hands-on activities, a thought-provoking visioning session with youth and adults working in communities near and far. By creating a space where ideas from bicyclists of all ages can be heard, we seek to create a more inclusive national dialogue that addresses the issues, rights, and concerns of all bicyclists.Learn more about the Youth Bike Summit in this video by Streetfilms.

HISTORY: In March 2010, Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) attended the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit with two high school interns who had completed a comprehensive job training program and Earn-A-Bike program at RAB. Both participants learned they loved bicycles and expressed an interest in learning more about how bicycling fits into policy, the environment, social entrepreneurship, and community-building. Traveling to Washington DC for the first time, the 17 year old participants explored the nation’s capital by bike, attended the conference, and lobbied elected officials. As we debriefed on the bus ride home, we discussed the importance of engaging youth in the national dialogue of cycling education and advocacy. As a result, the idea of the Youth Bike Summit came into being. Both young advocates were active participants in the planning of the conference in 2011.

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