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December 13th, in LA.

C.I.C.L.E. 3rd annual Holiday Toys and Mittens Ride.

Financial times are tough for many, but through the power of community, we CAN make a difference.

A holiday bike ride to collect toys and warm clothing for families in need. Benefits Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services

Saturday December 13, 2008 :: 11:00 AM
Meet at Mission Gold Line Station in South Pasadena
905 Meridian Av., South Pasadena 91030

Bring a new unwrapped toy or article of warm clothing. Donated gifts will support Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services.

Come dressed in your finest holiday duds with decorated bicycles and get a chance to win fabulous prizes!

Holiday tunes played from C.I.C.L.E.’s on-board sound system will fill the air as we wind through scenic South Pasadena on a short five-mile ride that will make stops at pre-placed collection boxes to retrieve donations with cargo bikes and bike trailers.

People that cannot attend the ride may deliver their donation(s) to these participating merchants through December 12.

Papa Don’s Deli — 303 Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena (626) 799-8397
The Munch Company –1028 Mission St., South Pasadena (626) 441-1036
Nicole’s Gourmet Foods — 921 Meridian Ave. Unit B, South Pasadena (626) 403-5751

This ride is part of C.I.C.L.E.’s Urban Expeditions ride series, and is a great way for the beginning or novice cyclist to experience all of the joys of city bicycling in a relaxed and carefree environment. Participants 18 and younger are required to wear a helmet and must be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children 9 and younger should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device. This ride is free to all, and fully supported. For more information call 323.478.0060.

Visit www.cicle.org or call 323.478.0060 for more information

Victory for Critical Mass in London

Steve Green informed me of this latest victory.

Article in the Telegraph UK:

Critical mass can carry on cycling

The law lords throw out what they saw as an attempt by Scotland Yard to ban a monthly bike-ride through the streets of London.

By Joshua Rozenberg
Last Updated: 12:01PM GMT 26 Nov 2008

There is no need for the organizers of a mass cycle ride to give the police notice of their planned destination when there are no organizers and the destination is unplanned, the law lords ruled today.

England’s highest court allowed an appeal by Desmond Kay, an environmental educator and performing artist who is a regular participant in the monthly Critical Mass Cycle Ride. For the background, see my earlier report here.

Michael Fordham QC, for Mr Kay, had challenged a ruling by the Court of Appeal that would have allowed the Metropolitan Police to ban the ride, as one of the law lords put it. Lord Brown said he had referred to it as a ban even though the police said they wanted only to know where the riders would be going.

Read the rest of the article Here.

Upcoming Events…

My favorite holiday event…ever.

Santacon/nyc
December 13th, 2008

HO! HO! HO!….Beaaatch!

Cranksgiving Recap

NYC…
Picture of the start by Trudatnyc

Here is the list of Racers and Place Finishers for NYC annual Cranksgiving alleycat race to acquire food for the hungry.

Finish Racer# Name City

1 – #31 Doug NYC
Winner!!

2 – #58 Crihs NYC
3 – #37 Drew NYC
4 – #92 Mark NYC
5 – #77 Ralph NYC
6 – #33 Victor NYC
7 – #61 Chris NYC
8 – #38 Mike PHI FIRST OOT
9 – #36 Amanda NYC F FIRST GIRL
10 – #59 Jason NYC
11 – #46 Brittlee NYC F SECOND GIRL
12 – #62 Mark NYC
13 – #63 Izumi NYC
14 – #19 Robot BOS SECOND OOT
15 – #16 Chris B NYC
16 – #32 K-Tel NYC
17 – #14 Margo NYC F THIRD GIRL
18 – #88 Yatika NYC
19 – #72 Andras NYC
20 – #4 Gabe NYC
21 – #78 Meena NYC F FOURTH GIRL
22 – #97 Grace NYC F FIFTH GIRL
23 – #76 Joel NYC
24 – #75 Mike H NYC
25 – #47 Nikola NYC
26 – #103 Chombo NYC
27 – #104 Sara K NYC
28 – #8 Alex NYC
29 – #23 Hana NYC F SIXTH GIRL
30 – #7 Jody NYC
31 – #29 Lucas NYC
32 – #3 Aaron Hartford THIRD OOT
33 – #28 Justin NYC MOST GENEROUS
35 – #81 Scott NYC
36 – #99 Wes NYC
37 – #100 Sara NYC F
38 – #106 Leslie CHI F
39 – #12 Stephanie NYC F
40 – #102 Kelly NYC F
41 – #1 Dave C NYC
42 – #93 Tony NYC
43 – #11 Pat NYC
44 – #50 Alex NYC
45 – #66 Addison NYC
46 – #67 Peter NYC
47 – #68 Tim NYC
48 – #40 Pavel NYC
49 – #41 Greg BOS
50 – #18 Ben NYC
51 – #45 Dana NYC F
52 – #9 Zack NYC
53 – #73 Brody NYC F
54 – #74 Patrick NYC
55 – #6 Simon NYC
57 – #82 Paul NYC
58 – #86 Jack Crank NYC
59 – #90 Darko NYC
60 – #85 Shrub NYC
61 – #95 Kyle NYC
62 – #17 Rebecca NYC F
63 – #84 Bert NYC
64 – #89 Dirty NYC
65 – #26 Carmen NYC F
66 – #65 Larry NYC
67 – #87 Ben NYC
68 – #83 Tito NYC
69 – #43 Meredith NYC F
70 – #24 Josh NYC
71 – #30 Garrett NYC
72 – #34 Dan New Haven
73 – #51 Rob NYC/NJ
74 – #35 Drew New Haven
75 – #69 Inge NYC F
76 – #22 Anna NYC F
77 – #55 Nicole NYC F
78 – #54 Fawn NYC F
79 – #21 Adrienne NYC F
80 – #70 Kelsey NYC F
81 – #101 Phil NYC
82 – #71 Eric NYC
83 – #64 Gaylen NYC MOST GENEROUS
84 – #42 Pete NYC
85 – #13 Adrianna NYC F
86 – #105 Matt NYC
87 – #49 Nick NYC
88 – #20 Craig Linden, NJ
88 – #48 Marin NYC F
89 – #10 Wes Nottingham
90 – #94 Felicia NYC F
91 – #25 Kym NYC F
92 – #15 Yuri NYC
93 – #39 Dominick BOS/NYC
DFL – #2 Howard M BOS
DFL – #56 David NYC
DNF? – #5 Morgan BOS
DNF? – #27 Kieth NYC
DNF? – #44 McFadyen NYC
DNF? – #52 Jin NYC
DNF? – #53 Rob NYC
DNF? – #57 Atsu NYC
DNF? – #60 James NYC
DNF? – #79 George NYC
DNF? – #80 Julie NYC F
DNF? – #91 Sam NYC
DNF? – #96 Slacker Tim NYC
DNF? – #98 Jamie NYC F

More pictures at:

Mr Tony Leonardo

Question? How to survive a holiday of consumerism in an economic crisis?

Answer: Buy Nothing.

Friday, November 28th, is the the Buy Nothing Day Dance Party in Union Square followed by
the Critical Mass Bike Ride all over the WORLD!!

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year…but seeing as we gave Wall Street the biggest present of them all, bailing them out for stealing all our money…I say we BUY NOTHING.

Buy Nothing Day 2008: Dance Your Debt Away!
Free dance party at Union Square Park NYC
Friday, November 28, 2008 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Followed by Buy Nothing Day Critical Mass 7 PM at Union Square Park

Info on Dance Your Debt Away party:
Revbilly.com

For more info on other events around BUY NOTHING DAY, check out Adbusters, handy guide.

Memory (bike) Lane

Well its been hard to update this blog with Junior in my arms. Trying to learn how to type with one hand is a whole new skill set. I barely have time to sleep…nah, I don’t have time for that either. So I’ll be looking at the other blogs for now.

Just to keep something going:
John Dinn over at Les DemonCats, in D.C.
was going through his spoke card collection the other day and compiled this list of his favorite alleycats…
recognize any of these?

(the one’s in Red are the races he’s organized)
1. May 13, 2000- Mayhem 2000- Washington DC
2. 2000- The Race with No Name- Washington DC
3. May 28, 2001- Mayhem Weekend- Washington DC
4. May 25, 2002- Mayhem Weekend stage 1, Richmond
5. May 26, 2002- Mayhem Weekend stage 2, Washington DC
6. May 27, 2002- Mayhem Weekend stage 3, Baltimore
7. August 24, 2002- The Warriors- NYC- I got the tattoo!
8. May 24-25, 2003- Mayhem Weekend Extravaganza- Washington DC
9. August 03, 2003- Assassins- Washington DC
10. January 3, 2004- The Baltimore Bender- Baltimore
11. March 13, 2004-Beware! The Ides of March-Richmond
12. April 3, 2004- 4th April Fools Race- Philadelphia
13. May 28, 2004- Baltimore Blowout – Triple Crown- Baltimore
14. May 29, 2004- Mayhem- Triple Crown- Washington DC
15. May 30, 2004- Richmond Triple Crown- Richmond
16. July 3, 2004- Rumble Thru The Bronx- NYC
17. October 23, 2004- Screw Bush- Washington DC
18. December 16, 2004- Fist Fulla Dollars- Baltimore
19. January 15, 2005- Late Night Frost Bite- Washington DC
20. March 12, 2005- Poker Race- Washington DC
21. March 26, 2005- Ides of March Alleycat- Richmond
22. April 9, 2005- 5th April Fool’s Alleycat- Philadelphia
23. April 23, 2005- Crazy Backwards Alleycat- DC
24. April 30, 2005- It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad W.orld!!!- Washington DC
25. May 28, 2005- Bega’s Bike Jam 2005 Courier Road Race- Baltimore
26. May 28, 2005- Holy Mayhem!- D.C. Mayhem Alleycat- Washington DC
27. June 18, 2005- Bragging Rights- Washington DC
28. July 3, 2005- CMWC05- NYC
29. July 5, 2005- King of the Fucking Streets- NYC
30. July 9, 2005- Courier Gangbang- Baltimore
31. July 30, 2005- Elvis Race- DC
32. September 10, 2005- Let the Fall Begin- Washington DC
33. September24, 2005- Hustler!- DC (Winner!)
34. October 15, 2005- I see Dead People!!!- Pre-Halloween Alleycat – Washington DC
35. October 22, 2005- Polo Express Alleycat- Philadelphia
36. October 29, 2005- Frankenstein- Richmond
37. November 5, 2005- The Rat Race- Baltimore
38. November 6, 2005- Rolling POTluck Alleycat- Washington DC
39. November 19, 2005- The Simpsons Jeopardy Alleycat- Washington DC
40. December 3, 2005- The Rico Suave Alleycat- Benefit for Rico Palacios- Washington DC
41. January 14, 2006- Late Night Frostbite 2- DC
42. February 18, 2006- Shock Trauma- Baltimore
43. February 25, 2006- Schlitz and Giggles- Boston
44. March 11, 2006- 12 Monkeys- Philadelphia
45. April 1, 2006- 6th April Fools Race- Philadelphia
46. May 27, 2006- Ghetto Blaster III- Baltimore
47. June 17, 2006- Rumble Through The Bronx III- NYC
48. July 22, 2006- Le Tour de LeMond- Washington DC
49. January 27, 2007- The Hour of Power- Philadelphia
50. February 10, 2007- Man Overboard- Washington DC
51. March 3, 2007- The Dude Abides- Boston
52. March 17, 2007- The Ides of Mario- Richmond
53. April 4, 2007- Destination Dublin 2- Washington DC
54. April 14, 2007- 7th April Fool’s Race- Philadelphia
55. April 21, 2007- Destination Dublin 3 Liquid Assets- Washington DC
56. April 29, 2007- Destination Dublin 4 GoldSprints- Washington DC
57. May 4, 2007- Destination Dublin 5 Mapper’s Delight- Washington DC
58. May 30, 2007- Destination Dublin 6 Rough News Time Trial- Washington DC
59. June 2, 2007- Destination Dublin 7 Grand Finalleycat (Winner!)- Washington DC
60. June 23, 2007- Hey Riders!- Baltimore
61. July 14, 2007- “Le Tour de Simpson- Washington DC
62. August 23, 2007- Race of Pain- Washington DC
63. September 15, 2007- Queens Riot- NYC
64. October 6, 2007- Viva El Che! Alleycat- Washington DC
65. October 13, 2007- Behind Bars- Washington DC
66. April 26, 2008- PoloCat- Washington DC
67. October 16, 2008- True Blue Alleycat- Washington DC
68. November 1, 2008- OBAMAlleycat- Washington DC

Nice work John. Hey in all your free time, why not scan all the spoke cards so we can see them…I’m sure that wouldn’t take long.

Thats our Boy!


Baby Maxwell from Michael Green on Vimeo.

Continuum Cycles opens Uptown

message from the shop:
“We just opened our Harlem shop. Same quality goods and service standards as our East Village location. Stocked and ready to roll. Come uptown and have a look.”

Check out their new store:

264 Lenox Ave. Between 123rd and 124th St.

Congratulations on the expansion.
Continuumcycles

More info on Kyoto Loco 2008

This event isn’t every year and it really highlights the unique bicycle community of Kyoto Japan.
Results can be found here.

Flickr set from Rikitko
and
photos from maslaplana99

Congratulations to the champion:
Sino…the fastest bike messenger in the world.

article in NYTimes on female bicycle couriers.

Wings on Their Heels

Cassandra Castillo, a 26-year-old bike messenger.
By CAROLINE H. DWORIN
Published: November 14, 2008
“IT’S Russian roulette every day,” said Cassandra Castillo, a tough, tattooed 26-year-old who is one of the city’s handful of female bike messengers. “Every day we’re two paychecks away from disaster.”
rest of the article here.
Also some nice photos from the article in a
slide show.