The race is a taste of things to come from 5 boro generals
More of Jose’s pix at this flickr set.
And Paris isn’t the only city getting into the act.
Read all about it in this NY Time article from Sunday:
Memo From Barcelona–
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
BARCELONA, Spain â€” In increasingly green-conscious Europe, there are said to be only two kinds of mayors: those who have a bicycle-sharing program and those who want one.
Over the last several years, the programs have sprung up and taken off in dozens of cities, on a scale no one had thought possible and in places where bicycling had never been popular.
The sharing plans include not just Parisâ€™s VÃ©libâ€™, with its 20,000 bicycles, but also wildly popular programs with thousands of bicycles in major cities like Barcelona and Lyon, France. There are also programs in Pamplona, Spain; Rennes, France; and DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany. Even Rome, whose narrow, cobbled streets and chaotic traffic would seem unsuited to pedaling, recently started a small trial program, Romaâ€™nâ€™Bike, which it plans to expand soon.
entire article here.
I should have posted this earlier but there is some hijinks going on tomorrow in NYC.
Here are some details:
—–>IT’S FINALLY HERE!! Yes, the end of 8 (or possibly 28 years) of
WE NEED YOU to help spread these things through New York City – THIS
Please sign up for CELL PHONE UPDATES now at becausewewantit.org
WEDNESDAY MORNING, from 7am-11am, there will be four pick-up stations
* The precise locations for pickup will be sent out by email and CELL
* TUESDAY EVENING, 5-8pm, is another option for pickup, if your time is
* TO BRING if you can: A large tote-bag or two, or a laundry cart if
WEDNESDAY NOON PARTY: After the Wednesday morning distribution, just
The weather looks will probably be fine. But if it rains, we’ll do the
We’ll send out one more message with more precise info, on Tuesday.
Positive news on NYPD’s use of video surveillance during protest activity…which includes our monthly critical mass rides.
article from New York Newsday
NYPD cuts back on videotaping of political events
By TOM HAYS | Associated Press Writer November 10, 2008
NEW YORK – The country’s biggest police department has quietly dropped
The New York Civil Liberties Union had challenged the New York Police
The suit alleged that during the convention, which was held at Madison
The NYPD, which has more than 35,000 officers, “does not engage in
With the outcome of a lawsuit still pending, the NYPD issued an
The NYCLU claims that it wasn’t notified of the change until last month.
“While we’re glad that the NYPD realized its surveillance policy ran
The city’s Law Department disputed that claim, saying it notified a
The revised written policy removes broader language permitting
Cranksgiving is a alleycat race which raises money for hungry people each year around the Thanksgiving day Holiday.
A little history about the event: Here.
a little bit about it from this years race organizer Ken Stanek:
“Cranksgiving is coming up again. Last year was the biggest NYC Cranksgiving ever. We donated over $500* worth of food to a Lower East Side Soup Kitchen.
If you’re not familiar with this race, it takes place the week before Thanksgiving every year. There’s no registration fee, but you’re going to need to bring cash with you, because the checkpoints are all grocery stores. At these grocery stores, you’re going to have to leave your bike outside, run in, and purchase** a specified food item. A bag & a lock is absolutely essential! Once you’ve collected all of the food items and have finished the race, we do a group ride to a soup kitchen & drop off all of our donations. Keep all of your receipts, because I’m going to check them to make sure you made it to each of the checkpoints.
This year, Cranksgiving and the New York Bicycle Messenger Fund (NYBMF) is coordinating a fund drive for City Harvest along with the food drive. We are asking sponsors and individuals to pledge a dollar amount per racer to City Harvest. If you pledge $1 per racer and we have 100 racers, that’s a $100 donation. 15% of that will go to the NYBMF’s injured messenger fund, and the remaining funds will go to City Harvest. Download this form and send it to the NYBMF if you or your employer would like to donate. ”
Urbanvelo.org listed other Cranksgiving day races in other cities:
Omaha, NE –November 15th
There is also a Bike Against Hunger race in Oklahoma City, November 16th.
The Reverend, there’s a documentary about his movement by Morgan Spurlock, with the Church of Stop Shopping traveling the country preaching about the evils of over consumption: What Would Jesus Buy?
Recently the Reverend and his gospel choir have been hard at work trying to save Union Square from private developers. Running from the evil bulldozers.Now they have a new ablum out, the ultimate Holiday gift (hint hint)
Find out more at Revbilly.com.
Ok, so who the hell is Andrew H. Green, besides having such a prodigious last name? (mine)
Well, according to Wikipedia the H is for Haswell, and he was a New York lawyer, civic planner who championed for great civic works like Riverside Drive, Morningside Heights, Fort Washington Park and for making the plans effective for Central Park as we know it now.
He has a stone bench dedicated to his service and today their is the sixth annual Memorial Ceremony and Bike Tour.
Here are some detail from the website:
The Sixth Annual Andrew H. Green Tribute Ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 12:00 noon at the Green Memorial Bench in Central Park. The bike tour will depart immediately after the ceremony. Both the ceremony and ride are free and open to the public. No reservations required.
Directions to the Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench:
Note: Looking at the map, the bench appears approachable from all sides. It is not. Because of hills and drop-offs not shown, it can only be reached using the footpath mentioned below.
From the East Side: At Fifth Avenue and E. 102 Street, enter the park via the automobile entrance road. Bear right, merging on to the main drive. Continue walking north on the drive for about two blocks. When you come to the standing three-sided map on your left, turn left on to the wide, well-paved crossover road that heads to the West Side. Take an immediate right on to the blacktop footpath that heads uphill. The bench is at the top of the hill.
From the West Side: At Central Park West and W. 100 Street, enter the park via the automobile entrance road. Bear left, merging on to the main drive. Continue walking north on the drive for about two blocks. Before the drive crosses a stone bridge, turn right on to the wide, well-paved crossover road that heads to the East Side. This road will be marked with an “Authorized Vehicles Only” sign. Continue down this road, passing a little police kiosk on your right. Just before the road intersects with the main east drive, turn left on to the blacktop footpath that heads uphill. The bench is at the top of the hill.”
According to Forgotten-Ny.com, which is a great site for info on hidden finds in NYC, this is also the spot where Green was shot in 1903 in a case of mistaken identity…oops.
Clarence Eckerson Jr., on the spot fly on the wall…well in this case Bee on the wall from streetfilms.org was on hand at San Francisco’s epic Halloween Critical Mass dressed up like a bee.
Clarence put together this amazing video of the ride which many claim may have been one of the biggest rides ever.
Dustin from the San Francisco Bike Blog SFwiggle.com took some nice pictures of the ride.
Dustin’s Flickr page.