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Start of Cranksgiving NYC video

Squid of Cyclehawk
posted this video of the start of last weekends NYC’s Cranksgiving,

Putting the “Black” in Black Friday.

Wal-Mart employee trampled to death in Long Island. I hope it was worth it for your new plasma tv.

Good to see these hard economic times have made people re-evaluate their spending habits and are learning to save.

Congratulations to the newest member of the bicycle community.


Paul Steely White and Zoe are the proud parents of Anna Jane.

Paul is the executive director of Transportation Alternatives

Happy Thanksgiving

Making Turkey with Mom.

mmmmmm.

Maxwells going crosseyed in his chair.

NYU begins Bike Sharing Program

According to Streetsblog, New York University has started a bike sharing program.

article here

photo by: NYU photo bureau

article by: Brad Fried
More than two dozen students braved 32-degree cold this Sunday for the launch of NYU’s bike-share program. The ride took them down Second Avenue and over the Manhattan Bridge to see some of Brooklyn’s new bike lanes.

The NYU system consists of 30 bikes and two stations — a dorm at 7th street and a bike parking lot behind Tisch Hall. Lindsi Seegmiller, the student who coordinated much of the program, says she got the bikes almost-new from Hub Station, which used them for free rentals during Summer Streets. To borrow one, students or faculty make a reservation online. Then at the station they swipe their NYU ID, opening a cabinet that holds the key to a chain lock attached to the bike they reserved.

In May, Seegmiller told Streetsblog that she hopes the program will expand and get the University, which runs its own bus service, to think more about biking.

Count up-and-coming livable streets advocates like Seegmiller as one reason to be thankful this year. What’s on your “I’m thankful for/I’d be more thankful if” list? Enjoy the holiday, we’ll see you Monday.

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.