Here is a new bike blog about excursions outside of the city:
I’ve been struggling over what to call this bike blog. I’ve settled for now on “Escape Brooklyn” because it sounds better than “Fuhgeddaboud Brooklyn”. My concern is that the word “escape” lends a negative connotation – as if Brooklyn is a place I’d like to liberate myself from. And in some ways that may be true.
But this blog is not a diss on Brooklyn. From the bike lanes of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, to the loop around Prospect Park, the pot-holed streets out to Red Hook, and the pedestrian path all the way to Coney Island, Brooklyn is a bike-affable borough with no shortage of character to explore. And I return every time I leaved.
August is right around the corner and that means lots more summer…summer streets that is. Once again the city will be closing 7 miles of streets to motor vehicles and open to pedestrians, bikes and other non-polluting transportation, the first three Saturdays of August. (8/3, 8/10, 8/17) Time’s Up will be there to ride the route as a group. More information, below in the events listings.
It’s a little late, but we still love this great feel good story where Time’s Up volunteers came to the rescue of cyclists in need. Back in June, a blind Harlem man and his wife had their beloved tandem stolen and Time’s Up came to their aid by raising money for a new ride.
Read the story here:
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.
Carlos Menchaca-District 38-Sunset Park, Red Hook, Greenwood Heights, Borough Park, Windsor Terrace and Bay Ridge Towers.
A message from StreetsPAC about the ride:
Join StreetsPAC and our first round Brooklyn endorsees, Antonio Reynoso and Carlos Menchaca, for a ride between their two districts. We’ll start at the dog run in Cooper Park in East Williamsburg, cycle through Bushwick, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, and Red Hook, and then finish at the top of the hill in Sunset Park. The 15 mile route runs the gamut of bicycle infrastructure from non-existent lanes we’d like to see created to hard-fought protected ones already installed like Prospect Park West. Several brief stops along the way will allow our candidates to speak directly about street safety issues they are championing in their district. A ride down Morgan Ave and into Bushwick will let Antonio speak on the need for improved truck route calming and enforcement, while the ride between Red Hook and Sunset Park allows Carlos to highlight the disconnected streetscape in his district as well as the underused public space below the BQE at Third Avenue.
Please RSVP to email@example.com to join us in bringing attention to the work that still needs to be done in improving Brookyln’s streets. Refreshments will be provided at the Sunset Park finish.
In association with Google + their will be projects posted daily for kids and adults to make and share with this online community. From July 8th-August 16th, millions of makers will connect to create, hack and share ideas in making projects together.
There will be lots of great bike hacks like making a tail pipe exhaust out of a soda bottle:
There’s a new mountain bike dirt park and pump track opening in Williamsburg in a former abandoned lot across from the Domino Sugar factory. Two Trees Management Company won a proposal to utilizing the sugar plant’s, site E and turn it into a multi use park, spearheaded by Williamsburg resident Bobby Redd.
“What is currently a vacant 55,000-square-foot lot on Kent Avenue between South 3rd and South 4th Streets will be transformed by two independent operators into a neighborhood destination with a community farm, bilingual reading room, community green space, family-friendly bike courses, affordable food and goods from local vendors and a variety of seasonal programming, including kids days, yoga classes, and hands-on urban farming classes.”
The bike side of the park will be run by nearby shop: Ride Brooklyn (34 North 7th-Williamsburg) and a new mountain bike club: www.BKMTB.com, which is listed as a meetup. The park will also have assistance by the NYCMTB which has had a steady history of successfully revitalizing NYC urban space for mountain bike use.
The BKMTB next event will be July 14th at the Lippman Park Mountain Bike Festival.
Starting Monday, July 8th (Today) Central Park, above 72nd Street will be closed to cars until Labor Day. Definitely an issue both advocacy groups have been battling for decades.
Here is a press release from the office of City Council Candidate Mel Wymore, celebrating Central Park’s first car-free summer.
City Council candidate Mel Wymore, who spearheaded the latest push for a car-free Central Park as the Chair of Community Board, applauded the New York City Department of Transportation’s decision to make Central Park’s drives north of 72nd Street car-free this summer, July 8 through September 3.
“I am thrilled that the Department of Transportation is responding to overwhelming support for making Central Park a car-free zone,” Wymore said. “By taking this latest major step, Central Park will once again be an oasis for pedestrians, bicyclists and park-goers, unencumbered by automobile traffic and exhaust.”
“Before Mel Wymore, no one had succeeded in getting community boards to support a car-free park,” said Ken Coughlin, longtime Chair of the Car-Free Central Park Campaign.
Wymore initiated a borough-wide resolution calling for an extended closure of Central Park’s loop road to traffic, for which he successfully rallied the support of all six community boards surrounding the park, and unanimous approval by the Manhattan Borough Board.
“In addition to the more than 100,000 petition signatures our campaign collected, being able to demonstrate this further level of community backing was crucial. There is no doubt that Wymore’s efforts were key to achieving this significant advance towards a completely car-free park,” said Coughlin.
“I am excited by the prospect of representing District 6 in New York City Council, which now includes Central Park,” Wymore said. “Central Park is a sanctuary from the surrounding city and accessible to both visitors and residents for recreation as well as quiet enjoyment. Our City’s parks and outdoor spaces are essential to our quality of urban life. We must work together to protect our parks from traffic and over-commercialization. I remain dedicated to continuing this important work as the District 6 choice for City Council.”
And an article in the New York Times:
City to Close 2 Drives in Central Park Through Labor Day
By: Matt Flegenheimer
July 3rd, 2013
The Bloomberg administration will close Central Park’s East and West Drives to car traffic north of 72nd Street through Labor Day, officials said on Wednesday, effectively creating a car-free refuge for cyclists and pedestrians in most of the park. Citing “decreasing car volumes in recent years” on both the park drives and neighboring roadways, the city’s Transportation Department said that the ban, which will begin on Monday, would be the first long-term closing that the city has tried on the park’s streets. The park’s transverse roads, and park drives south of 72nd Street, will remain open.
If successful, the prohibition could become a recurring feature, officials said.
“This is the start of what we expect to be a seasonal tradition,” Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner, said in a statement, adding that the plan “balances the way the drives are already being used all summer long.”
What happens when a bunch of fixed gear loving Italians have a few drinks and take a nice chilly ride from Milano to a lake near Arona? Well they probably have to piss at least once. Why not do it together.
Now this iconic image has been made into a limited run t-shirt by Marco Mucig (snowgroup.net) who is a talented artists and was the creative director of the Bicycle Film Festival in Milano, 2009-2010. Remember that whacky trailer for the festival, with big letters riding around as bicycles?
Here is some more backstory behind this project sent to me by Annalisa, aka LaPisa of the Milano Bicycle Film Festival 2012.
This is a limited edition run (1055 pieces) for Italian street wear brand 55dsl.com.
The photo is of RIDO (the famous Italian MC), Frank (Francesco Dolfo from L’uomo col martello luomocolmartello.com) Luke and Dade.
From Big Apple Tweed comes the: “Bow Ties & Crumpets” Second Annual Spring Soiree
From the event organizers:
WHAT: Bow ties and Crumpets is the Big Apple Tweed (BAT) second annual spring social event. Guests are encouraged to wear Old English/vintage attire, with fashion trends that are fresh off the runway – one of this season’s being plaid and stripes. The afternoon will begin with guests being offered light British inspired treats, as they exchange pleasantries, and sip on price reduced Great Gatsby inspired cocktails. Live music will be provided for guests to enjoy by Dandy Wellington and his band. During the event there will be raffles and prizes given away in coordination with our sponsors.
WHO: Founded in 2009, the Big Apple Tweed ride is New York City’s official tweed ride. Big Apple Tweed currently produces two events annually – Bow ties and Crumpets in the spring and Big Apple Tweed rides in the fall. During the fall event, riders don beautiful vintage bikes while dressed in elegant Old English cycling attire, specifically tweed or vintage wear, and sally forth through a defined route, recreating a cycling culture of the 1900’s that is both historic and nostalgic. Similar rides have taken place in over 50 cities in the world, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and of course, London – just to name a few.
WHY: The Big Apple Tweed’s mission is to combine culture, style and landscape to create unique, memorable social experiences that pay homage to a timeless era. Proceeds from our grand raffle drawing of a new bike will benefit Feed the Children to provide food, water, blankets and other supplies to the children that were affected by the devastating tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma. Selections will also be made for winners to receive prizes care of Goorin Bros for the following categories: “Most Distinguished Chap”, “Most Ravishing Lass” and “Most Tweed Spirited Lad/Lass”. Winners of the “Most Breath-Taking Accessory” category will receive gifts from FineandDandy Shop and Ron-n-Ron. Prizes for our most recently added prize category “Uniquely New York” will be provided by Heritage1960 and Munaluchi Bride
WHEN: Sunday June 30, 2013 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: Flatbush Farm – 76 St Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
On Saturday evening we will be screening two classic films about six-day racing – Joe E Brown’s ‘6 Day Bike Rider’ (see the trailer at: our website ) and ‘Open All Night’ a scandalous 1924 silent movie set in the swarmy world of the 6 day racer. They will be screened outdoors and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Sunday will feature a ride led by NYC cycling legend Steve ‘Pops’ Klein to various points of interest for the history of NYC framebuilding, and then a get together with the Brooklyn Vintage Velodrome Wheelmen gang which will include talks by cycling historians and collectors on various aspects of NYC framebuilding and the race scene in New York and New Jersey during the thirties though the fifties when the Coney Island Velodrome was operating.
Where: The City Reliquary – 370 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211 – The ride will begin here as well.
Cost: A donation to the Reliquary is appreciated and will allow them to continue to host events such as this. Like all not for profit institutions, the Reliquary relies on donations to survive.
When: Saturday screening from 8PM – 10PM
Sunday Ride – 10AM till 1PM
Sunday talks – 1PM – 5PM.