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Monster Track 10 is coming!

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You know it, you love it, you feared it…

ITS BACK, NYC’s most famous alleycat race.
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Stay tuned for a date.

reports on Memorial Ride

Sunday, January 4th, was the 4th annual memorial ride, paying respect to cyclists and pedestrians who were killed in 2008, by motor vehicles.

The multi-borough ride was organized by the Street Memorial Project.

There is a video on streetsblog

and a report from Jefferson Siegel from the Villager and Downtown Express:
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Top, as Downtown cycling activist Charles Komanoff, left, and other cyclists did a bike lift at Delancey St. and Bowery for Rasha Shamoon, her sister Suhair cried while holding her photo, right. Above, Leah Todd, of the Street Memorial Project, placed flowers in Shamoon’s ghost bike.

Cyclists read roll of fallen on a rolling memorial

By Jefferson Siegel

Cyclists gathered to remember their own at the Fourth Annual Bike Memorial Ride & Walk on Sunday.

Three separate rides left Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx before coalescing on the Lower East Side. They were joined by members of the families of the 14 bike riders killed in traffic over the past year. Respects were also paid to the more than 100 pedestrians killed by motor vehicles last year.

Rest of the article here.

view some nice photos of this year’s ride by: nycstreetmemorials

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MTA makes train cars more bike-friendly

MTA adds bike hooks on their M7 trains according to Aaron Naparstek of Streetsblog.
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Perhaps this is the beginning of a seamless relationship for people who want to combine their commutes with the MTA.
you can send comments about these hooks at: surveys@mnr.org.

This is a prime time to get feedback to the MTA.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Elliot Lee Sanders, will be on the Brian Lehrer Show’s every Thursday this month to answer questions about fare hikes, service interruptions and hopefully some positive steps as well.

Brian Lehrer is taking your questions in advance at: wnyc.org/BL

I posted this question:

Looks like M7 train cars have added special hooks for bicycles. Are there any plans to create more infrastructure for riders who want to combine their commutes with public transit and bikes? The best example I can think of is putting self operated bike racks on the front of buses.

The Battle for Bike Lanes

Well not nearly as contested as trying to fill Senate seats in Illinois and Minnesota, but the battle is still raging on about the Kent Ave. bicycle lanes, proving the needs of motorists may triumph over the creating livable streets and building bicycle infrastructure.

According to the Brooklyn Paper article entitled “Run down! CB1 Committee Chair booted over bikes?”
Ben Muessig reports on the latest developments.

Community Board 1, covering the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area gave their current transportation committee chairwoman, Teresa Toro, a nasty “lump of coal” present for Christmas by firing her and nobody seems to know why. The obvious speculation is due to her support of the bike lanes.

CB1 chair, Vinnie Abate says he’ll explain at the next meeting:

The next community board meeting will be:
Jan. 13 at the Swingin’ 60s Senior Citizens Center (211 Ainslie St. at Manhattan Avenue), 6:30 pm. For info, call (718) 389-0009.

Also more on this from Streetsblog.org
and there was this article by Colin Moynihan, over the weekend in the New York Times.

New Bike Lanes Touch Off Row in Brooklyn
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photo by Josh Haner/New York Times

By COLIN MOYNIHAN
Published: January 3, 2009

New York City has created more than 100 miles of bicycle lanes in recent years to encourage and accommodate the number of people who, compelled by a desire to preserve the environment or preserve their bank accounts, have taken to getting around on two wheels.

But the effort to turn the city into a place that embraces bicyclists has clashed with a long-entrenched reality — New York is a crowded, congested urban landscape where every patch of asphalt is coveted.

The latest illustration of this reality — and among the more contentious — is playing out on the Brooklyn waterfront, where bike lanes less than two miles long have set off a verbal battle among a growing cast of interested parties, including business owners, residents, bicyclists and their advocates, and politicians.

Rest of the article Here

Check me out in Urban Velo 11

Look for some new things for Bikeblognyc, now entering it’s 5th year of blogging.
I will conducting a survey soon to find out more about the bicycle community at large and ways to make this blog a more informative resource on uban bike culture.

Check out the latest issue of Urban Velo, available for free pdf download here.

and learn more about this great blog and zine at: Urbanvelo.org

oh yeah, and I got a little plug in the latest issue:

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Hello, we’re back…

Looking for new things in 2009.
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Maxwell is excited and very glad Bush is going to be gone in 18 days.

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Speaking of Obama, the Philly Velo Club is having a ride from Philadelphia to DC for the Inauguration.

Start Time:
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 7:00am
End Time:
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 7:00am
Location:
U.S. Capitol
From their Facebook page:

“We will ride from Philly to D.C. for Obama’s innaugural event. We may stay someplace overnight and party/celebrate. Details will be forthcoming. We’re currently working on logistics. As always, we welcome any help/input for PVC members.”

Reminder of Memorial Ride

Seems like my times on the calender are incorrect. So I will be fixing them.

Remember that memorial ride is January 4th, 2009. A group ride to pay respect to those killed on bicycle.

The ride meets in different locations throughout the five boroughs and has different start times.

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The rides eventually converge in Manhattan.

A full schedule of the rides, meet-up times and locations is available at ghostbikes.org

Suckapants Santacon

Check out Tod Seelie’s awesome pictures of NYC santacon at
Suckapants.com
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Who will be the new Transportation Secretary

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photo from streetsblog
Well it looks like Obama is going to pick Ray LaHood as the new transportation secretary. Here is what some of the bike blogs have to say about that.

Streetsblog.org saying someone “Not” to get too excited about.

Bike Portland reports on mixed views.

tell me what you think…

Your Duty to Consume…

He said Duty…ha ha.

Learn about non-essential consumerism at
Bonfireofbrands.com