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Congratulations to Martin!

Cyclehawk’s Blog, reports that Copenhagen’s own Martin “Banana” Larsen has won this years Markus Cook Award. This coveted trophy is given to the most inspirational and hardworking courier of the world.

This from Joe Hendry of Mess Media.
“The International Federation of Bicycle Messenger Associations (IFBMA) is pleased to announce that Copenhagen messenger Martin “Banana” Larsen has been awarded the 2008 Markus Cook Award. The Cook Award is presented annually to “to the courier who inspires and empowers the wider messenger community, the messenger that puts all of us before themselves.”

Martin is a veteran messenger who as IFBMA president, Andy Duncan, notes “is “known for tireless hard work, organizing messenger races and pulling people together.” Messenger championships all over the world have benefited from his sacrifice and dedication. From Copenhagen, Oslo and New York City to Sydney, Dublin and Toronto, Martin’s influence is not only upon the Championships but also the messenger community.

Through his leadership in the IFBMA, the Copenhagen Bike Messengers Association and the Toronto Bike Messenger Association, Martin has fought to improve living and working conditions for all messengers.

At much personal and financial sacrifice, he spent much of the past year in Toronto helping to organize the 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships. His experience, his diligent efforts and most of all his example were a gift to the city, its cycling community and its messengers. Before Martin left six months later he laid the ground work to unite the struggling community and rebuild the city’s Bike Messenger Association.

2006 Markus Cooke winner, Kevin “Squid” Bolger lauds Martin’s work at the 2002 CMWC. “I was blown away with dedication and attention to detail that he exhibited in producing the main event. I asked him to show me how it worked and he gave me his completed notes and instructions in a leather binder.” He also “helped enormously with the main event. His ideas and execution were invaluable.”

Squid echoes the entire messenger community when he says “I am happy and proud to be a part of awarding the Markus Cook Award to Martin ‘Banana’ Larsen!!

The award was presented to Martin in Copenhagen Saturday during a ceremony at the Track Bike Shop. Thanks to Jumbo for arranging everything and thanks to Andy Zalan for arranging the transportation of the award.”

More from Martin’s Blog: cphfxt.blogspot.com
and on the scene,
Moving Target Zine.

Police are at it again

When I try and explain this two sided stance the city has about cycling, people often look at me like I’m some conspiracy nut who’s just told them Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 911. I mean how could a city with so much effort in making new bike lanes, setting weekend days aside with street closures and encouraging people to ride also have this negative harassment campaign to the very same bike riders they want to help, “Green” the city?

Its simple…the two departments don’t communicate and have different agendas.

The D.O.T. has made a lot of efforts to make more room for cyclists, the problem is no one has told the chief of police, Ray Kelly who continues to set up annoying sting operations and use the rank and file officers to ticket cyclists.

First it was the Queensborough Bridge, which was reported on extensively on Streetsblog. by Brad Aaron.

Now it appears to be happening on the Williamsburg Bridge.

7 days ago I heard reports of police in vans ticketing every cyclist who did not dismount when coming down the bridge on the Manhattan side. For anyone unfamiliar with the logistics, you are gaining a lot of speed on this descent and dismounting would prove to be rather difficult until you get to the bottom. Many experienced riders don’t want to waste the energy and try and just merge right into traffic. Its just a bad design in general.

Today I got reports that one police van was parked half way up the ramp in the middle of the path. This sets up a very dangerous situation, not only for the riders coming down but for those going up, towards Brooklyn.

If the police were truly concerned about people’s safety, they wouldn’t park a giant van in the middle of a steep decent.

If you have more information on what the police are up to…please let this blogger know. Video, pictures and more details would be greatly appreciated.

its back, the Bicycle News Round-Up

Alright all you track riders doing tricks like this: (from trackosaurusrex’s blog

steves’ 360 skid from j. youngblood on Vimeo.
Here is a real death defying trick from Newark New Jersey. Highwire daredevil Nik Wallenda, set a world record by riding his bicycle on a wire suspended 135 feet in the air, with no net.

News story from the Associated Press, by Victor Epstein here.

Indianapolis Mayor, want to turn city: Bike Friendly.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Are you tired of spending money on gas driving to work and want to get some exercise?

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced plans to turn Indianapolis into a bicycle friendly city.

“Indianapolis has long been known as the Crossroads of America. Now those roads are going to include bike lanes, and we are going to embrace alternative modes of transportation,” said Mayor Ballard.

article here.

In New York, Hubs and Spokes, the watchdog of national transportation issues, alerted me of the Brooklyn Paper, which will have a new feature called: “Mean Streets.”

Ben Muessig wrote this article about a recently killed cyclist in Park Slope:

“The scene of a biker’s death has become macabre memorial — a lasting reminder of the mean streets that claimed his life.

Someone stenciled an outline of a splayed body at the corner of President Street and Eighth Avenue in Park Slope to pay homage to Jonathan Millstein, a 50-year-old Boerum Hill resident who died on Sept. 10 after colliding with a bus at the intersection.

The yellow and orange graffiti lists Millstein’s name, the date of his death, and a stark diagnosis: “Killed by bus.”>
The rest of the article here.

Super Mighty getting some HED


Chris Kim (on the left) of Play in Traffic Productions and Super Mighty (among other things)…hanging at interbike 2008 with master wheel maker, Steve Hed. Nice look John Prolly. I hear Steve freaked out when he saw this Supermighty design, and had to have a t-shirt.

John Prolly also posted this great Halloween alleycat promo video from Vancouver’s own… Super Champion.

Whats going on in the world of the UK?

Urban Bicycle Chic.

Learn to ride a bike

In the continual quest for world bicycle domination…the first step is to teach the people how to ride a bike.

Learn to ride a bike for Children and their families. Helmets required.

Sign up Here.

Saturday, October 11
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., People’s Park, St. Ann’s Avenue and Brook Avenue
at East 141st Street, Mott Haven, Bronx

Hosted by:
Bike New York and City of New York Parks and Recreation

Parents can bring children to learn the magical balance-first method
plus starting, stopping, steering, and other biking necessities. So far
this year, more than 1,000 kids and their parents learned this method,
and the program received the 2007 Best of Parks Best Partnership Award.

Bike Messengers in Afghanistan


Heard this on NPR and Urban Velo reminded me to link this…

Afgan Amputee Bike Messengers…Appreciated, on Bike Messenger love day.

Link to NPR story.

King Kog, has fresh new bags from Santigo Chile.


NYC’s hottest boutique for all your bike fashions has some funky new bags all the way from Chile.

King Kog is located at: 38 Marcy Ave. in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Corner of Marcy and Hope St.

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Check em out:

Today, is Messenger Appreciation Day

Tonight there is Gold Sprints:  

Bombing Broadway. Messenger Race.

In the spirit of last years Five Borough Generals race-a-thon. October 11th is another Bombing of Broadway.  A straight shot down this prolific avenue in Manhattan.

Registration at the top:  218th St. and (you guessed it) Broadway.  4pm

race 5pm

BBQ and warehouse party for the survivors.