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Dutch Bikes in NYC today!

Remember this article in the NY Times about fashion, oh yeah and those classic Dutch bicycle which hasn’t changed since WW 2?
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Well Today as part of a celebration of 400 years of Dutch-US relations…it’s:

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(But is sounds like it is already too late to participate because registration is closed…but that never stopped any REAL New Yorkers…right?)

Thursday, April 30th 2009
Starting time: 9:00AM
End time: 2:30PM

On April 30th, Dutch Queen’s Day, 200 orange Batavus bikes make their official arrival in NYC in a very festive way, in attendance of Dutch Cabinet Minister Frans Timmermans. The bikes will be part of a special NY400 Queens Day Bike Tour organized together with The Netherland Club and NLBorrels. Exactly 400 years after Henry Hudson set sail from Amsterdam, the bright orange NY400 bikes are undertaking the same journey across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City.

To show New York City how much the Dutch love their bikes, we invited everyone to join us for a bike tour celebrating Queen’s Day. Due to an overwhelming success, we have closed the registration.

Biking is widely known as the most sustainable, green & clean way of transportation. Since the Netherlands is home to millions of bicycles, the average Dutch person owns 1.11 bicycle per person, NY400 celebrations could not be celebrated without including some beautiful Dutch bikes.

In the Netherlands bicycling is not only used for sport and leisure, it is an everyday means of transportation. More than 60% of the Dutch prefer to bike when possible. In total, over 27% of trips made by the Dutch is done on a bike.

The NY400 Queens Day Bike Tour starts at 9:00AM at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 (West 42nd Street) and will include a visit to the park next to Riverside Church, where Lou Reed will also be attending the one-hour special “Perfect Day” concert by master Carillonneur Sjoerd Tamminga. After a picknick we will continue our trip via Central Park to the Museum of the City of New York for a great photo moment on the steps of this beautiful building. The bikers are invited for a quick tour around the Museum’s newest exhibit: Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson.

This NY400 project is a small contribution to the overall NYC incentive to encourage cycling as an environmentally friendly & healthy way of transportation. Later on this year, the bikes will be part of NYC’s Summer Streets event and will be used in a big bike-sharing event during the NY400 week in September after which they will be donated to charity. The NY400 biking event is partly made possible by Batavus and Dura Vermeer.

Bike blogger of the week…Barcelona.

In my on going series of the bike bloggers of the world we focus our attention on Barcelona Spain.

Here we meet:
Cristian Marin Santos and Jordi “Santa” Tamayo
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This picture makes me want to play some Zarathustra from 2001, because these guys are getting enlightened and passing on their love of the fixed gear with the blog: Corpusfixie.wordpress.com which is soon to become Enciclika.com.

Their aim is to report on the scene in Barcelona and due to their success, the rest of the spanish speaking world. Their blog is entirely in Spanish, but Cristian was kind enough to break it down in English (to the best of his ability)

Here is my Q and A style interview:

Name, Age, Where you live?
Cristian Marin Santos

Born in Masnou, a seaside town on the outskirts of Barcelona in 1976,a
terrible student and born-idler, decided to radically change his lifestyle
after a long stretch working as a brick-layer.In 1999 started studying
design in Elisava School of Design, graduating in industrial design while
also flirting with interior design.

Perhaps the best of living in Barcelona is the pace of life and the person
who is living in one of the most important capitals of the Mediterranean.
In Barcelona there are only 60 days to 300 days of rain and sunshine, if
it amounts to that, the good feeling of the people and the huge number of
beautiful tourists … a delirium.
As a community we are currently fixed in Barcelona about 200 bikers, but
the number has doubled in the last year and the figure is rising.
The best parties are the Polo, the Alleycats, the Keirin Midnight every
weekend night roll in Barcelona.

What bikes do you own?
I have six:
-a mountain bike trek 7000, FElt Dirt Jump, one to practice Bike Trial a
Monty T-219 and three fixed bike: Pinarello, Viner Italy and my favorite a
Condor.

What is the biking culture like in Barcelona?
The culture of cycling in Barcelona is very heterogeneous, There are many
ways to understand the bike, like a cheap transport, like a way of
life,but
I think the bike does not arrive in Barcelona at the level of maturity in
other countries such as Holland, England or the U.S.,but it’s just a
matter of time, since in Spain there is a long tradition of cycling.

Is there bike sharing there and if so, do people use it? Like it? How
could it be improved?
Sharing?in Barcelona there is a company dedicated to the bike rental is
called Bicing which has 200,000 members who pay $ 60 a year and can catch
over a bike at any point in Barcelona with a card. But due to poor
management experience in bicycle rental is terrible, and this is not good
for the bike world.

What is the biking infrastructure like in Barcelona?
no, now the authorities are building bike lanes and bike finance Parkins,
but nothing more. Politicians are only interested in cycling as a
political weapon rather than as a solution to many problems in the city.

Do they have Critical Mass? How’s that going?
there in not a Critical Mass in Barcelona, but in the Spain´s Capital
Madrid, there are many groups: like Bici Critica.

What is the fixed-gear culture like?
As I have said before, culture is beginning fixed at Barcelona, although
there are fixed for years,but now has a group of cyclists consolidade
being made events, Alleycats, Midnight keirins, bike polo matchs.

Do the different bike cultures get along?

the relationship between cyclists is good because all ride for the love of
two wheels.

Are their single speed and fixed gear specific bike shops?

There aren´t shops specializing in fixed because there isn´t an important
market, but I guess that a year appear more than we think.

How has the Spanish-speaking world embraced the fixed gear?

we know that there are many cyclists in fixed in South America and Spain
but Idon´t know about the Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S.

the truth is that we do not distinguish between Spanish-speaking
communities, but we stand out to people by country.

What is Enciclika.com about? How was it started? and what is
Corpusfixie.wordpress.com all about?

encicliak is Jordi “Santa” Tamayo,Noe “Guats up” Lamas and me, to which we
must add all of our friends and the community fixed Barcelona.
Enciclika is a means to promote the “Fixie” culture, in general directed
at the Barcelona community (initially) and due to its success, the whole
Spanish-speaking world…. The idea from the beginning was to create a
type of media using free technology available on the Internet, paying
special attention to graphics . No complicated stuff however.
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Given the experience picked up, and maintaining the spirit of the BMX web
Santacena.com, they decide to set up enciclika.com a web currently under
construction that initially links to its news section,
corpusfixie.wordpress.com. This blog gives all the news and what’s going
on in Spanish, in the world of Fixed, both nationally and internationally.

And Corpusfixie.wordpress.com is the blog of the future site
www.enciclika.com

Do you guys have bike messengers?

Messengers do not usually come to events because they are quite tired of
bicycling all day. On the other hand there is little messengers in
Barcelona and they are fighting.I suppose that is personal and business
affairs

Do you have alleycat races?

Yes, very recently we were at the wheels on fire organizated by La
bicicleteria Shop.

What are the future plans for Enciclika.com? Corpusfixie.wordpress.com?

the only plan is to finish the web site to enciclika.com

What are your future cycling goals?
None in particular, just continue to enjoy cycling with the entire world.

Who is your favorite celebrity biker?
I am no fan of any rider,(kill your idols!!! jajaja) I like people with
strong spirits, such as … Marshall “Major” Taylor.

Their careers are legendary and victories on three continents. From 1898
until 1904 was the fastest rider in the world in 1899 set 7 new world
records in the quarter mile, the third of a mile … well, almost all
known categories of speed, reaching a mark of 1.41 while in the mile
record he held for 28 years, come on, a wonder of speed.

also had to fight against racism as it was black.
Know your history makes you avoid the same mistakes in future.

Check out Time Out NY magazine this week…

I’ve got a little piece in Time Out NYC.
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Just in time for May, otherwise known as Bike Month.

Pick up a copy or check it out online. There are lots of routes and events for cyclists.

Start with This Link.

Kissena Baby!

The track is back. The Kissena Velodrome is open for operation for the 2009 track season.

The NY Times city room blog had an article on the track featuring director John Campo. Also featured are Hugo Giron and Colin Miller of Snap Delivery.

Part of their SPOKES series.
April 28, 2009, 11:16 am
City Room: Velodrome Tradition Lives on in Queens
by J. David Goodman
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Photos: Robert Stolarik for The New York Times.

It has been more than a half-century since New Yorkers last flocked in great numbers to see cyclists tear around banked velodrome tracks at the center of Manhattan. Easy to forget, then, that Madison Square Garden, in its earlier incarnation off 26th Street and Madison Avenue, played host to major races watched by tens of thousands of spectators (some undoubtedly attracted, in the days before Nascar, by the prospect of spectacular crashes.) Or that team racing events known as “Madisons” — devised in the early part of last century to mitigate racer fatigue in events that could stretch to six days — were invented here, under some pressure from local lawmakers and the news media. Velodromes also existed in the Bronx and in Coney Island in Brooklyn. (Both were destroyed by fire.)

Read the rest of the article here.

In the comments section of the post I did see this link to some nostalgia. There used to be a velodrome in the Bronx.

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From the Cole Thompson’s Blog: www.myinwood.net a posting about the old velodrome and NYC cycling history here.

We’ve come along way from Edmond Jacquelin riding on a dirt velodrome.
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Photo from Hype in Japan

Meanwhile, Kissena opened up this past weekend.

Check out photos and a report from John Prolly.
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Picture of Alex from Affinity by Tyler J. Clemens

Also this summer, will be the latest installment of: Velocity.
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A 7 city tour of velodrome racing for messengers and urban riders to win tickets to the 2009 Cycle Courier Championships in Tokyo Japan.

hosted by Cyclehawk couriers of NYC.

The tour will be coming to Kissena, July 25th.
There has already been one event in Los Angeles which took place April 19th.
Check out the video of Miss and Out.

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check out pictures at Rollin on dem twenties, flickr set.

the latest video from Reverend Billy for Mayor

It’s Up to you New York!

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This Sunday May 3rd at 5:00pm, at the Reverend Billy Mayor Headquarters…250 Lafayette (NYC)

There will be a screening of the complete “singing endorsement” video.
Come by and meet Reverend Billy.

Bike Month events-Cyclists for Siegel Bike Ride.

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Saturday, May 2nd.

“CYCLISTS FOR SIEGEL” BIKE RIDE
Saturday, May 2nd 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Washington Square Park (under the arch)

“GETTING DOWN(TOWN) WITH NORMAN” AFTER-PARTY
Benefit for Norman Siegel’s campaign for Public Advocate
Saturday, May 2nd 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
203 West 22nd Street

Come meet Norman Siegel and join him on a leisurely, fun bike ride beginning at Washington Square Park and ending at a party at 203 W. 22nd Street in Chelsea. Special guest Ed Hamilton (author of the book titled “Legends of the Chelsea Hotel”) and other civil rights, environmental and bicycle activists will join Norman for good music, good food and lively conversation.

Norman Siegel, the Civil Rights Attorney who has worked tirelessly in support of our civil rights for decades and has been a true champion of the bicycling community, is running for Public Advocate. Cyclists and all New Yorkers will benefit having Norman Seigel as our Public Advocate.

Find out more about Norman Siegel and his campaign for Public Advocate: www.normansiegel.com

Norman has been a consistent and powerful advocate for cyclists riding on the Critical Mass, who have been harassed by the city since 2004. He also successfully represented many of these cyclists in the courts.

Most important was in Feb 2006 when a State Supreme Court judge issued a key ruling against the city’s attempts to halt the Critical Mass bike ride and force the cyclists to obtain a permit for their monthly event.
http://times-up.org/index.php?page=160&pimsw=0

And then in March 2007 the city drops another lawsuit when they tried to inhibit Time’s Up! and four of it’s volunteers from even promoting the Critical Mass ride and other group rides that didn’t apply for a parade permit:
http://times-up.org/index.php?page=release-070327-nyc-drops-lawsuit

Here is full page statement from Norman Siegel about the lawsuit and the city’s campaign to inhibit cyclist’s right to free speech and to freely assemble in public space.
http://times-up.org/index.php?page=144&pimsw=0

I located this article about Norman’s current campaign. The last photo is from this article.
http://www.cityhallnews.com/news/128/ARTICLE/1432/2008-03-10.html

Time’s Up, Bike Month events.

Some early May (bike month) events coming in from Time’s Up:
1. CENTRAL PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Friday, May 1st, 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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2. REPAIR WORKSHOP at the PARK SLOPE FOOD CO-OP
Saturday, May 2nd, 2 p.m.
782 Union Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, Brooklyn
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3. FREE RIDE TO FIRST SATURDAY + REPAIRS
Saturday, May 2nd, 7 p.m.
Union Square South (or 7:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge)
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4. MAILING PARTY AND VOLUNTEER MEETING
Monday, May 4th, 7:30 p.m.
156 Rivington Street between Suffolk & Clinton Streets
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5. MANHATTAN EVENING RIDE
Wednesday, May 6th, 7 p.m.
NW Corner of 5th Avenue and 60th Street in Manhattan
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6. PEACE RIDE TO TIBETAN MUSEUM
Saturday, May 9th, 11:45 a.m.
Meet up at Manhattan’s Staten Island Ferry Terminal for departure on noon Ferry
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7. PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE
Saturday, May 9th, 9 p.m.
Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance of Prospect Park where Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy, Union St. and Prospect Park West intersect.
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8. FREE KID’S BICYCLES- SWAP MEET/GIVE-AWAY
Sunday, May 10th, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Time’s Up! Brooklyn, 99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue
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9. 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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Bike Sharing in NYC.

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The Department of City Planning, bet you didn’t know we even had this organization, has just released a feasibility report on the possibility of having a Paris-like bike sharing program in NYC. (although I can’t seem to find the report)

However,

Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives was on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show, to discuss the possibilities of Bike Sharing.

Listen to the show which aired on Friday, April 24th, here.

May is Bike Month.

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Get ready. This graphics for bike month have changed this year and the bikes actually got images of people to go with them.

Coming up in 4 days…
Is May and the start of Bike Month.

Lots and Lots of Bike events.

Here, is one place to get the scoop on upcoming events.

And check back here at this blog for much more.