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Stupor Bowl 12 is coming

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One of the longest running alleycats races is coming to Minneapolis.

January 30-31st.

Keep track of whats coming at BikeJerks.blogspot.com

and wear your helmet…This Race ain’t for everyone…only the sexy people.
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pictures from last years race from deplaqer

Stolen bikes, found bikes.

I’m going to keep up the Stolen bikes page in hopes of continuing to provide a resource for people to list information about their stolen bicycle property.

Maria Wallace had her bike stolen on December 17th…here is her story:

Well my bike was stolen the 17th and I aint found it yet so if
you see it, tackle the person riding it or something, return it
to me and I will give you money.

It is silver/ grey sandblasted aluminum with no gears (single
speed) road bike (originally a trek), rear rack (brand new
black), leather seat with springs, straight bars, 53 cm, a
couple mangy stickers, rear canti bosses and v brake, flat
pedals, custom spacers on rear hub…

taken from 9th st in park slope btw 6th & 7th av. The cops said
the guys who usually steal bikes there sometimes sell or try to
sell them to restaurants for deliveries.

Please look at the photo/ sketch. THANK YOU! I hope it wants
to come back to me.

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Any information contact: Maria at mi55w@ureach.com

Meanwhile, in an interesting development, one of the first bikes I posted on the list recently resurfaced.

A couple of bikeblog readers informed me that the “Stolen Fuji” had been posted on this police auction site: propertyroom.com. No one knows how this bike ended up on this site, or in the hands of the police, but there it was with bids on it.
I guess, this is one place to look if your bike has been nabbed.

The owner of the Fuji, Stephen Harell contacted me and had this to say:

“Mr. Green,

I enjoy you website very much, and I wanted to thank you for posting my stolen bike ad on your blog (it’s the second one, the black and yellow taped fuji). I’m sorry I haven’t had the chance to do so sooner, but I’ve been recovering from the injuries I received on election night and generally very busy. But the new year is where things get interesting.
A friend of mine heard about a website Propertyroom.com to bid on bicycles. On his first visit to the site this monday he saw my bicycle for auction with 5 hours left. I immediately contacted the website and giving them some details about my bike that were unavailable on the listing convinced them to close the auction. I then ran into a hitch when they tried to send the bike back to the NYPD. Apparently the police have no paperwork attatched to the bike and want it sold. They did not want to give me a chance to prove it was mine. After some back and forth with the NYPD and Propertyroom.com I convinced them to hold off on selling my bike until I could send them some evidence. Unfortunately, despite photos, receipts and “stolen bike” ads I don’t have the serial # off the bike, so they are reluctant to give it up. I’ve definitely learned to record all info on any bike I own from now on.
Anyway, if you could leave my “stolen fuji” listing up for a while longer so that the cops can reference it, I’d appreciate it. I also thank you for putting it up on your page to begin with.
I would appreciate any advice that you have on this subject as I try to get my bike back, but mostly I just want to let you know that it’s been found in the possession of the police (how it got there I have’t a clue and am hesitant to speculate). Thank you for your assistance, and keep up the good work on the blog.

Stephen”

Stephen may be getting his bike back…so stay tuned.

Follow me on Twitter

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I’m sure their isn’t a moment that goes by in your daily life that you don’t ask yourself…”What the hell is Michael Green up to at Bikeblognyc.” I know how it is, I mean with so little social networking and ways of tracking our every moves it can really get you to want to refill that prozac prescription. I mean you’re probably wondering how to keep track of my very important schedule…so now there’s Twitter…so follow along at:

<"http://twitter.com/greenbiker"> twitter.com/greenbiker

Hey, Lance Armstong has a twitter page too…and we have equally demanding schedules.

Duchamp is a Champ

Dadaist Marcel Duchamp famous for this:
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is embodied on the NYC streets with this:
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ahhh, yeah. Its art ok.

How they Roll…in BikeRumor.com

Bike Rumor a website dedicated to reporting on bike culture where ever it happens is now doing a segment called: How I roll. A more in depth look at the people who make cycling tick. Media, Business, and more.

First up is Jeff Guerro the co-editor of Urbanvelo.org
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Look for more of interviews in at the bikerumor site.

Also Urban Velo was mentioned in this month’s issue of Outside’s magazine, the one with the interview with Lance Armstrong.

Their top 100 best adventure websites.

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Pony Up 2 coming to Boston

Official Monster Track X, pre-event…alleycat and goldsprints in Boston.
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Top Three Alleycat finishers and Top Three Goldsprints finishers win a some-expense paid trip to NYC for MONSTER TRACK X.

More info at Boston Bicycle Messenger Association

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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