Time’s Up, your local environmental education and bicycle activist group has created this press release about the recent indictment of officer Pogan. They demand the immediate end to NYPD harassment towards the cyclists of the monthly critical mass rides.
OFFICER CAUGHT ON VIDEO KNOCKING CRITICAL MASS CYCLIST OFF BICYCLE IS
Time’s Up! and civil rights activists demand an immediate end to NYPD’s
campaign of harassment toward cyclists
New York, NY (December 16, 2008) â€“ NYPD Police Officer Patrick Pogan, who
was caught on video aggressively knocking cyclist Christopher Long off his
bicycle during the July 25, 2008 Critical Mass bicycle ride, has been
indicted on five charges, including Falsifying Business Records and
Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, both Class E
felonies, and Assault in the Third Degree, a Class A misdemeanor. The
felony charges stem from the false arrest report and criminal court
complaint that Police Officer Hogan allegedly filed about the incident.
Officer Pogan’s aggressive behavior and subsequent falsification of
official documents are not isolated events in NYPD’s dealings with
“This indictment is an important first step in the process of achieving
accountability over some NYPD officers who continue to violate the civil
rights of Critical Mass bicyclists. Perhaps, the indictment will send a
strong message that it is no longer acceptable for police officers to take
the law into their own hands vis-a-vis Critical Mass bike riders,” states
Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel.
Since the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, civil
rights activists and cycling advocates have long seen a pattern of
excessive force and harassment against cyclists from even the highest
ranks of the NYPD. Just last year, Richard Vazquez was thrown off his
bike by NYPD Sergent Horohoe as Mr. Vazquez was riding through Times
Square on the March 2007 Critical Mass ride. The NYPD took no action
against Sergeant Horohoe even though the Civilian Complaint Review Board
(CCRB) substantiated the charge that Sgt Horohoe used excess force and
intentionally made false official statements to the CCRB.
The public outcry leading to this indictment was sparked by a bystander’s
videotape of the 7/25 incident, which was released on YouTube by the
Time’s Up! environmental group and Glassbead Video Collective. “We hope
that with this indictment, Mayor Bloomberg will now direct the higher-ups
at the NYPD to discontinue their pattern of excessive force and dangerous
tactics against cyclists and instead work with cyclists to make the ride
safe and encourage non-polluting transportation.” states Judy Ross,
spokesperson for Time’s Up!.
There is also this statement form Christopher Long’s Lawyer, David Rankin:
This past July my client, Christopher Long, was riding his bicycle through Times Square during a Critical Mass ride when he was tackled by NYPD officer Patrick Pogan without any warning or provocation. Officer Pogan then swore out an affidavit claiming that my client assaulted him.
I am grateful that my client was not more seriously injured during the incident, and particularly grateful that a video emerged which depicted what actually occurred that evening. If it were not for that video my client, Christopher Long, would most likely still be facing charges for assaulting an officer. Unfortunately, this is only one in a long line of instances at public assemblies where video evidence shows the sworn testimony given by police officers is at odds with the facts.
My client, Mr. Long, is appreciative that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has taken the matter of Officer Pogan’s fraudulent statements seriously, resulting in today’s indictment of Officer Pogan for falsifying business records and filing a false instrument. My office will be working with Jonathan Moore, of Beldock, Levine, & Hoffman in bringing civil charges in this matter.
Feeling the pressure from an irate Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn who don’t have enough places to park their mini-vans, the city council is trying to remove bike lanes.
Well, the Clowns have a thing or two to say about that:
BICYCLE CLOWN BRIGADE: BROOKLYN LOVES BIKE LANES!
Wednesday, December 17th, 8:30 a.m.
Meet at the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge
Time’s Up! Bicycle Clown Brigade Ride to Defend Kent Street Bike Lane
Join the Time’s Up! Bicycle Clowns Wednesday morning to defend the new bike lane on Kent Avenue. We will be clearing the bike lane of motor vehicles so that cyclists can safely commute to work. We will also be kicking off our year-long LOVE YOUR LANES campaign to keep the focus on protecting and celebrating bike lanes.
A small but vocal group is spreading anti-bike sentiment in Brooklyn at a time when non-polluting transportation is on the rise in NYC and is recognized as essential to a sustainable future. The Bicycle Clowns will use theatre to comically draw attention to the serious danger faced by cyclists without safe, protected bike lanes.
Let’s defend our lanes and promote a more sustainable alternative! Help us re-imagine our city’s future with far less dependancy on motorized travel.
I can’t imagine why any Iraqi’s would be upset with President Bush?Â But the shoes went flying at the lame duck on his suprise visit to Baghdad.Â Don’t worry the President wasn’t hurt and still has no sole.Â But if the shoe fits…wear it.
Make way for more budget cuts…including for bicycle infrastructure.
Article: City Council Proposes Slashing Funds for Bike Network
New bike infrastructure in New York City could be on the chopping block as the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg revise spending projections downward. On Sunday, Speaker Christine Quinn and the City Council released $495 million in proposed budget cuts over the next two years, including an item that would slash spending on bike network expansion in half. DOT’s bike network funds would drop from $9.6 million to $4.8 million in 2009, and from $11 million to $5.5 million in 2010. Download this PDF and scroll down to the first item numbered 841, “Reduce Bike Network Development Funding.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Owner Brian Gluck is opening the Brooklyn Bike and Board at 560 Vanderbilt Ave. in Brooklyn.
He had this to say about his new shop:
We are going to be geared toward the commuter and the urban cyclist. I’ll carry lots of blinkey’s, fenders, hoody’s, and wool clothing. My bike’s will be old, classic rebuilds. Steel, solid, comfortable, and reliable. I may carry some new bikes in the future. But we’ll see.
I’m opening for the first time tomorrow, but as of right now, it will only be for repairs. I hope to be able to expand the retail part in a month or so.
Best of luck to you Brian.
(Wow, nice to see all these new bicycle stores…keep it up)
Jefferson Siegel recently filed this report in the Villager about newly constructed bike lanes on 8th Ave.
Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel
A cyclist pedaling in traffic heading north on Eighth Ave. at 14th St. last week avoided the new cycle-track bike lane, at right. Only cars turning left can enter the cycle-track area west of the concrete median, reducing the number of cars coming near cyclists.
New protected bicycle lanes are rolled out on Eighth Ave.
By Jefferson Siegel
From â€œItâ€™s stupid!â€ to â€œIâ€™m thrilled!â€ reactions to the new section of the Eighth Ave. bike lane, which is nearing completion, ran the gamut last week.
The roughly four-block-long protected lane, running from Bank St. to 14th St. and incorporating a â€œcycle trackâ€ design that physically separates cyclists from motor vehicles, is the latest bike path to engender such rants and raves.
Opinions split pretty much down party lines, with cyclists welcoming the protection for their commutes while local businesses criticized the loss of curbside space.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled,â€ said East Villager Emilie Kapp, who was pedaling home from classes at the New School for Drama on Washington St. â€œItâ€™s a blessing for people who bike all over. Itâ€™s nice to have a street you can feel safe on.â€
Kapp had had a close call earlier that morning on the unprotected bike lane on W. Ninth St. A driver pulled into the bike lane without looking, cutting her off.
â€œInstead of hitting him, I swerved and hit another car,â€ Kapp said as she held up a bruised right hand.
Due to the physical nature of the area, with short blocks and several westbound streets, cyclists on this stretch of Eighth Ave. will not be completely separated from cars. On the block near Horatio St., for example, bike riders will share a lane with cars entering and exiting a gas station. White â€œsharrows,â€ or shared arrows, painted on the roadway, will alert cars and cyclists that they are in a shared lane.
Harlem has a new bike shop located at 2119 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (btwn 114th and 115th). Owned and operated by Harlem resident and bike enthusiast, Oye Carr. MODSquad Cycles is a full-service family-friendly bicycle shop. We cater to all levels of cyclists with a broad selection of road and commuting bikes, single speed, time trial, and kids bikes. In addition, MODSquad Cycles specializes in women’s fit, clothing, and gear. MODSquad is the one-stop shopping venue for all family biking needs including: balance bikes, tricycles, infant seats and trailers.
Grand Opening and Sale:
Join us for our Grand Opening Sale December 12th from 10am-7pm and December 13th from 10am-6pm. 10% off all Parts and Accessories including helmets, locks, and clothing.
.Who is there to document police misconduct during a protest or critical mass?
We’ll tonight you can say thank you.
The I-Ball: A Benefit for I-Witness Video
+ THURSDAY DECEMBER 11 +
…featuring performances by Inner Princess! The Rude Mechanical
Orchestra! Jewlia Eisenberg (of Charming Hostess)! Jan Bell! The
Stationary Set! And surprise musical guests! Also DJ Tikka Masala on the
ones and twos!
That’s right. You finally have the opportunity to put your money where
your mouth has been for a long time: in support of I-Witness Video. Yes:
your homegrown, First Amendment-defending, police misconduct-monitoring
organization needs your help. Come to a rock-and-roll show to support our
Come looking fabulous in your finest threads — and WORK it!
And please, BRING YOUR CHECKBOOKS!
(We’ve got a lot of police misconduct to monitor. I think you already know
The I-Ball is happening
on Thursday, December 11, 2008
(221 North 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
L to Bedford
$5 and up, sliding scale (your donations will be greatly appreciated)
There will be bands. There will be baked goods. There will be absurdity
mixed with all seriousness. And we will raise money for this important
police watchdog project.
If you won’t be able to attend, but would like to show your support
anyway, you can send us a contribution at: iwitnessvideo.info/contribute
They are also looking for testimonals:
Dear friends of I-Witness Video:
Hi! We hope you’re all gearing up to come to our first ever fundraising
benefit, the I-Ball (which is happening this Thursday, December 11). It’s
going to be super fun — and we look forward to seeing you all there.
In the meanwhile, we have a request. We are collecting testimonials about
the impact of our work and we want to include as wide a spectrum of
participants as possible. Have you been helped by I-Witness Video after
being subjected to police misconduct? Are you an attorney whose criminal or
civil cases have benefited from the work of I-Witness Video? Do you know of
someone else who has been helped, in some way, by the work that I-Witness
Video does? If so, please get in touch with us by sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to keep your testimonials anonymous
if you’d prefer not to be identified by name.