Remember this article in the NY Times about fashion, oh yeah and those classic Dutch bicycle which hasn’t changed since WW 2?
Well Today as part of a celebration of 400 years of Dutch-US relations…it’s:
Thursday, April 30th 2009
On April 30th, Dutch Queenâ€™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 Queenâ€™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 â€œPerfect Dayâ€ 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.
In my on going series of the bike bloggers of the world we focus our attention on Barcelona Spain.
Here we meet:
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?
Born in Masnou, a seaside town on the outskirts of Barcelona in 1976,a
Perhaps the best of living in Barcelona is the pace of life and the person
What bikes do you own?
What is the biking culture like in Barcelona?
Is there bike sharing there and if so, do people use it? Like it? How
What is the biking infrastructure like in Barcelona?
Do they have Critical Mass? How’s that going?
What is the fixed-gear culture like?
Do the different bike cultures get along?
the relationship between cyclists is good because all ride for the love of
Are their single speed and fixed gear specific bike shops?
There arenÂ´t shops specializing in fixed because there isnÂ´t an important
How has the Spanish-speaking world embraced the fixed gear?
we know that there are many cyclists in fixed in South America and Spain
the truth is that we do not distinguish between Spanish-speaking
What is Enciclika.com about? How was it started? and what is
encicliak is Jordi “Santa” Tamayo,Noe “Guats up” Lamas and me, to which we
And Corpusfixie.wordpress.com is the blog of the future site
Do you guys have bike messengers?
Messengers do not usually come to events because they are quite tired of
Do you have alleycat races?
Yes, very recently we were at the wheels on fire organizated by La
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?
Who is your favorite celebrity biker?
Their careers are legendary and victories on three continents. From 1898
also had to fight against racism as it was black.
I’ve got a little piece in Time Out NYC.
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.
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.
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 â€œMadisonsâ€ â€” devised in the early part of last century to mitigate racer fatigue in events that could stretch to six days â€” 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.
Meanwhile, Kissena opened up this past weekend.
Also this summer, will be the latest installment of: Velocity.
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.
It’s Up to you New York!
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.
â€œCYCLISTS FOR SIEGELâ€ BIKE RIDE
â€œGETTING DOWN(TOWN) WITH NORMANâ€ AFTER-PARTY
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 â€œLegends of the Chelsea Hotelâ€) 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 cityâ€™s attempts to halt the Critical Mass bike ride and force the cyclists to obtain a permit for their monthly event.
And then in March 2007 the city drops another lawsuit when they tried to inhibit Timeâ€™s Up! and four of itâ€™s volunteers from even promoting the Critical Mass ride and other group rides that didnâ€™t apply for a parade permit:
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.
I located this article about Normanâ€™s current campaign. The last photo is from this article.
Some early May (bike month) events coming in from Time’s Up:
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.
Coming up in 4 days…
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.