MANHATTAN CRITICAL MASS
Friday, June 28, 7:00pm
Union Square North
This ride that changed New York City takes place the last Friday of every month. It is a celebration of cycling and a biker’s right to the road.
Critical Mass is held in over 200 cities around the world to promote nonpolluting transportation and bikers’ rights.
Saturday, June 29, 10:00pm
Columbus Circle (59th Street)
The Riverside Ride happens the last Saturday of every month, and is a totally safe, magical, evening ride in Manhattan. Riders will enjoy Central Park, along with views of the Hudson River from Riverside Park.
On today’s show, Time’s Up volunteer, and Bike Talk staff member Keegan Stephan talks about various bike related campaigns that successfully changed policy due to persistent grass roots activism, demanding safer streets in NYC.
They also discuss how the NYPD has taken more interest in investigating pedestrian and cyclist crashes due to outrage from concerned New Yorkers against a crash site investigation unit being dismissive and not doing their job. New light was shed on this story by a recent article in the New York Times, by J. David Goodman who spent time with the unit and illustrated how they are changing.
Police Unit Taking Closer Look at Deadly Crashes photo by: Victor J. Blue for the New York Times. Detective Robert Saporito of the Collision Investigation Squad surveying the wreckage of a car that jumped a curb and killed a woman.
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
Published: June 23, 2013
The woman’s body lay under a sheet on the darkened Brooklyn sidewalk, one all-white Adidas sneaker, one black sock. About 20 feet away, her other shoe mixed with the debris around a mangled Ford Fusion.
Minutes before, the car tore onto the sidewalk, striking the woman before slamming into a corner fence post, spinning airborne into a thick sycamore and finally coming to rest against the chain links of a local baseball field.
It was the second bloody scene of a recent Saturday midnight shift for Detective Robert Saporito of the Collision Investigation Squad. Both involved pedestrians. Only one survived.
Boombotix makers of ultraportable and wireless speakers…
(featuring-the new wireless Boombotix Rex)
Now has a campaign to help bike couriers injured on the job.
They have joined forces with Lucas Brunelle who is the treasurer of the BMEF (Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund) which works to help pay medical costs of injured bike couriers who are often considered independent contractors by their employers and lack proper insurance.
Here is more about the campaign:
The Boombotix Rex is a wireless ultraportable speaker built for life in motion. Our goal isn’t merely to create an ultraportable speaker, but to define the entire category.
In the product launch, we are donating 20% of our revenues to support the BMEF. You will receive a discount on the Boombotix Rex limited edition wireless speaker as well. Backers can pick from one of three exclusive designs and support a great cause.
It’s that time of the year again. The grand daddy of bicycle related film festivals.
The festivities kick off tomorrow, Wednesday-June 26th with the BIKES ROCK party.
This is the 13th year of the festival bringing great bands, art and outdoor events to New York City. The Festival runs from June 26th-29th and is sponsored by KIND health snacks. Over 60 films run on separate programs at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave @ 2nd Street in Manhattan. Rumor has it Pace Brothers (Blonde Redhead) will be performing a free show and don’t forget about the outdoor block party on Saturday, June 28th.
Here is the latest 2013 film compilation to give you a taste.
Then there are a bunch of events this week tied to the festival:
Here are some trailers for some choice selections at this year’s festival.
Directed by: Daniel Dencik, 81min 2012
An intense portrait of Danish rising cycling star, Rasmus Quaade.
Directed by: James Walsh, 27min HD-2013
Documentary following the development of the Kenyan National Cycling Team.
Director: Maya Tanaka, 18min, HD-2012
Kidd Lives and breathes bikes, but his solitary life is disrupted when he meets Lisa a beautiful girl who pulls him out of his seclusion.
and for the activist crowd, Dedicated Lane Productions (Chris & Allie) have 2 short films as part of Saturday’s program (June 29th) 5:00pm about Critical Mass.
From the film makers
2 short films to premiere at Bicycle Film Festival this month!
June 7, 2013 – 4:22 pm
Here’s the listing for our films premiering at Bicycle Film Festival:
NYC Critical Mass Aug. 31, 2012
San Francisco Critical Mass 20th Anniversary Sept. 28, 2012
Bicycle Film Festival (BFF)
at Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
Hopefully your not being swayed by the endless hate speak from conservatives with their magazines and newspapers who aren’t even willing to give Citibike a try or a chance.
Hopefully if you have problems with the new system, it’s based on real life experiences and you can offer criticisms directly to the D.O.T, knowing your voice will be heard in this social network transportation system. After all, this is the system who’s stations were based on your requests, at least in phase one.
If you merely just hate bikes because a food delivery person almost hit you on the sidewalk or other cyclist bad behavior, this is more a story about how we relate to each other on the streets. This is a social network of humanity that long pre-dates Facebook and twitter.
To help better understand why people, mainly conservatives, hate the new bike sharing program, Dan Amira of New York Magazine created a graphic, known as a Venn Diagram, to help break this down.
Why Conservatives Hate Citi Bike So Much, in One Venn Diagram
By: Dan Amira
June 5th, 2013
But, in a way, the depth of conservative animosity for a bike-share program makes perfect sense. Because, as the Venn diagram above indicates, Citi Bike finds itself at the very nexus of five different things that conservatives hate.
One thing the cycling community in New York City can agree on is that it has a rich history, filled with significant events that have shaped the popularity of the bike culture to what it is today. What is often debated by bike advocates and activists is which groups or individuals are responsible for these events and why? Who influenced who? Things like, how much of a role did critical mass have on building the popularity of cycling or was it more about a well funded advocacy group who was less rebellious and willing to work with the city in more traditional forms of a non profit. How much of a roll did the messenger community play by spearheading renegade events and street races? Perhaps it was ancient Druids who left cryptic messages in the ethos, thousands of years before the wheel was even invented.
Next week I will be co-hosting a panel discussion with many significant players that make up our unique bike culture and begin a dialouge about our history. Sorry, the druids are not available.
This was the brain child of my sister blogger Nona Varnado of thebirdwheel.com, who recently moved to Los Angeles. She attended a similiar event out there that pieced together it’s own bike history into a timeline which lead to an open panel discussion and allowed community input of the key events to build the timeline.
Here is more about the event:
#BikeNYC Community History-a panel discussion.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
6:30pm – 9:00pm
at Red Lantern Bicycles
345 Myrtle Ave-Fort Greene, Brooklyn
The Quick Version: It’s a crowdsourced “people’s history” of cycling in NYC. After panel members have spoken audience members will be encouraged to add benchmarks under each year. We’ll be looking at 1985 – 2013.
Curated by: Nona Varnado
Moderators: Mike Green (BikeBlogNYC) & Nona Varnado (theBirdWheel)
Panelists: Charles Komanoff, Caroline Samponaro, Bill Di Paola, Kevin ‘Squid’ Bolger, Helen Ho, Steve Vaccaro, Ken Stanek, Chris Kim, Taliah Lempert and Dmitry Gudkov.
Thanks to Transportation Alternatives (celebrating their 40th!) and Times Up! (celebrating their 25th!) we have a pretty excellent timeline to start from.
this happened: labikemvmt.com
It was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a bike community member, organizer and cycling advocate. I’m so excited to experience a NYC version!
The format is two moderators, Mike Green (BikeBlogNYC) and myself (TheBirdWheel). In mostly chronological order we have panelists talk about how things actually happened (there will be surprises…) It’s a great way to create a narrative and timeline of local cycling history as a social movement.
The #BikeLA event was extremely successful, heartwarming and a solid way to create a crowdsourced peoples history. This was huge for academics, recognizing individual and movement volunteers, practical insights developed over the years in a way that very positively brought people from many places (individuals, academics, advocates, personalities) together in a kind of reunion. People brought kids, connected about new projects and greater cross collaboration.
The summer isn’t official here, but great NYC events are abound so there is no lack of things to do, especially on bicycle.
Saturday June 8th.
Head down to Brooklyn’s waterfront Red Hook area for the Total Red Hook Immersion series sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and an amazing resource for all things Brooklyn, Brooklyn Based.
Here is more from Brooklyn Based:
Our fourth annual immersion series with Brooklyn Brewery begins this year on June 8, and we’re kicking it off with one of last year’s Immersion spots: Red Hook. We’re returning because the neighborhood still needs our support, post-Sandy, and because Red Hook is awesome! It’s basically built for an all-day adventure, and the complimentary Brooklyn brews on June 8 will just make it sweeter.
Then stay for the next installment of David Trimble’s cycling classic: The Red Hook Criterium, Saturday June 8th.
Again, here is Brooklyn Based:
The secret is out on the Red Hook Criterium. The once underground (and still unsanctioned) bike race held after hours in Red Hook every March now regularly draws top cyclists from around the world, as well as crowds that number in the thousands. It’s like Brooklyn’s own Indie 500 but with bikes, and this year it’s expanding to become an international, four-part championship racing series, with cyclists set to compete in the second round this Saturday, June 8 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
“For the first three years, the race was un-permited in Red Hook” says David Trimble, who threw the first RHC six years ago as a birthday present to himself. “It grew to the point where we needed permission, and we found getting street permits was pretty much impossible, so we started looking at these private, underutilized industrial spaces that have proven to be perfect race venues.”
By design, a crit is very different than a traditional road race. It’s held on a short course–each lap of the RHC is 1.25 km or 0.78 miles–and typically run on closed-off city streets. Unsanctioned races allow cyclists to compete without obtaining racing licenses and without organizers getting the official thumbs up from any governing bodies–giving renegade races like the RHC badass street cred in the cycling world.
Unlike larger, better-known bike races à la the Tour de France, which begins June 29, the Red Hook Crit doesn’t leave all the racing up to the professionals–it purposefully levels the playing field for the 200 participating riders by welcoming anyone with a helmet and a track bike to register–so expect bike messengers, fixed-gear fanatics and bike shop workers, as well as bartenders, artists and anyone else interested in squeezing into some spandex and tackling the 26-lap course totaling 20.2 miles.
“I’d say this is the best course we’ve ever had,” says Trimble of the Navy Yard Crit. “It’s very technical and visually spectacular with all the old buildings and the skyline, the cranes and the ships.”
Better weather, an earlier start time and a more accessible location have the potential to make this second Brooklyn race an even bigger draw than the original, and as an added bonus for spectators, grandstand tickets are on sale for prime seats at the Navy Yard overlooking the start/finish line. Tickets are $40, and the profits will be awarded to the top 25 finishers as a cash prize. Admission is free otherwise.
Partnering with the Navy Yard has allowed Trimble to turn the late-night race an all-day event, which starts at noon when BLDG92 opens to the public, with a bike tour of the Navy Yard taking place at 3pm (buy advanced tickets here), as well as a 5k running race at 9pm, before the big show starts at 9:45pm.
Also this weekend is the dazzling art festival, Figment Festival, which transforms Governor’s Island into an interactive performance, costume and art based playground wonderland. Great for kids…Like this one (my own)
Time’s Up will be leading a peace parade bike ride to the festival on Sunday June 9th. More details on their calendar events page, here.
The ride we’ve all been waiting for is back…4th Annual Tour del Taco! This is our fourth year combining a love of cycling with a love of tacos!
This ride starts @11am at Grand Army Plaza, travels south in Brooklyn, north up through Queens and ends in Brooklyn.
This year’s ride is donation based and supports The Youth Farm at HSPS an organization that offers farm training and leadership opportunites for Brooklyn’s youth (and is near and dear to our heart).
This an all day event that will be going live on Twitter so if you can’t make it in the morning, you can join us along the way! Here’s a sampling of destinations subject to change. Check back for final details and official order.
Vending Machines With 24-Hour Bike Parts and Tools Pop Up in Brooklyn
By: Meredith Hoffman
June 3rd, 2013
WILLIAMSBURG — It’s one of cyclists’ worst nightmares: puncturing a tire late at night while pedaling home, and finding no open shops for service.
But now, one savvy start-up is looking to give city riders their quick fix — a 24-hour vending machine with essential needs.
Express Biker- a service pioneered by amateur cyclist Shimon Kivman — has already set up two Brooklyn kiosks featuring tubes, lights, patch kits (to patch tires’ holes), and other crucial tools and parts. Riders just stop at the kiosk, swipe their credit cards in the machine, and make their selection of accessories ranging from $5 to $30, Kivman said.
What a great opening day! We saw lots of old friends, and we made lots of new ones. In case you didn’t make it over to our store, here are some pretty pictures to tide you over until we see you in person.
When you walk into the store, you see a row of bicycles. Our showroom fits 70 bikes, thanks to some custom wall-mounted racks made by LindcraftLindcraft.