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Your Duty to Consume…

He said Duty…ha ha.

Learn about non-essential consumerism at
Bonfireofbrands.com

Santarchy all over the place.

Here is a video from the Midnight Ridazz Santacon in LA. On Bikes.

December 8th, 2008

And California Burner and Blogger Artpredator
reports the Santas will also be on bikes in Ventura or as she likes to call it Ventucky…

Saturday, 20th, 2008
MEET: 12:30 PM SAN JON ROAD ALLEY PARKING LOT NEAR THOMPSON

Report of Clown ride, Kent Ave.

Here is a report form the clown ride on the Kent Ave. bike lane in Brooklyn from Gothamist.com

One commenter on Gothamist responded about the proposed greenway in Williamsburg, which could be a welcome alternative to inefficient bike lanes. Included is a link to the brooklyn greenway website.

#2: There is a proposed greenway from Greenway to Redhook that has been on the drawing board for a long, long time.

I can’t remember if Kent is actually part of that greenway or not but people have been trying to get a safe path from north to south brooklyn through for years.

There’s details here:
Brooklyngreenway.org

Officer Pogan, pleads “not guilty”

Rookie Cop, Patrick Pogan, 23, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. He was released without bail and ordered to return to court on February 4, according to The Associated Press.

The video of officer Pogan’s assault on cyclist Christopher Long got over a million and a half views on Youtube which illustrates the powerful effect of capturing these incidents on video.

More about how that can cut both ways from this recent NY Times article

Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Commitee

Get involved in making Brooklyn more bike friendly and come to the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Committee Meeting.

Thursday, December 18th at 7:00pm
at the Soda Bar-629 Vanderbilt (between St. Marks and Prospect Place)
Prospect Heights.


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The agenda will be working towards 10 projects to work on in 2009, including Kent ave. lanes and a car-free Prospect Park.

Time’s Up demands end to police harassment.

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
INDICTED

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) – 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
cyclists.

“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!.
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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.

Stop Clowning around with the Bike Lanes.

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.

Press Release with additional information:
Time’s Up Bike Lane Liberation

Critical Charges against Critical Mass Cop

Remember the rookie cop, officer Patrick Pogan, who shoved Christopher Long off his bike in Time’s Square during Critical Mass?

Well the cops been in indicted

Read the whole story from the New York Times here.

Lame Ducks Shoes.


I can’t imagine why any Iraqi’s would be upset with President Bush?  But the shoes went flying at the lame duck on his suprise visit to Baghdad.  Don’t worry the President wasn’t hurt and still has no sole.  But if the shoe fits…wear it.

At least we know where they stand…

Next to their Gas Guzzling SUV’s….

picture by: Steven Hirsch

picture of: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and her city-owned Chevy Suburban.

taken from another article by Ben Fried from streets Blog.org

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.