Time’s Up has created a video of a living will, asking the NYPD to investigate and find criminality in traffic crash’s. Instead of waiting until we are a statistic, killed at the hands of reckless unchecked driving, New Yorker’s sound off about making significant change to a stalled and often forgotten policy of action.
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Pedestrians and cyclists are creating living wills to advocate for safe, livable, sustainable streets. In the event that we are killed by automobiles, we want the NYPD to investigate before declaring “no criminality suspected” and we urge them to release their AIS/CIS reports.
What does the Pro-Cycling fan do now after the disingenuous confession, of Lance Armstrong exposed a world of systematic drug use that reverberated through the peloton? Take it’s cues from the foundations of the sport itself, switch to a higher gear, feel the muscles burn in the quads and suffer through it. Even though this is the 100th anniversary of the Tour De France, it’s hard not to completely throw in the towel and move on to something more interesting like say, Olympic wrestling…oh wait.
But despite the EPO sized findings of the liar class of athletes their is still a burning desire to want to believe in raw human achievement and deep rooted emotion that makes the sport of cycling so great. Things like the analog relationship of rider and machine vs a mountain and the rider alone in the breakaway, fighting the elements as a pack of blood thirsty competitors comes screaming down the decent to strip them of the lead jersey.
I recently came across a story that was truly inspiring and made me feel all hope is not lost for this sport.
Taylor now rides for Team BMC and is slugging it out in stage races very early in the season in conditions like this:
The story comes from the Wall Street Journal and highlights how Taylor recently came in last place during the Tirreno-Adriatico race, but was a victorious winner in determination and heart felt emotion.
This Is Not a Story About Last Place
By Jason Gay
March 14th, 2013 (photo credit: Stefano Sirotti)
This is a story about a guy who finished last. Which is technically true. You can look up the results of the race, and you’ll see his name, right there, lonely at the bottom. Taylor Phinney. USA. Finishing time of six hours, twenty-two minutes, fifty-four seconds. One hundred-and-ninth place. Last.
But this story is better than that.
First, about Taylor Phinney. Remember that name. You might already know it. Bike racer from Boulder, Colo., 22 years old. The son of two cycling legends, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter. A big dude on the bike, at 6 feet 5 inches, 180 pounds, Taylor Phinney is one of the most promising young cyclists in the world. He’s already been to the Olympics twice. Won a stage of the prestigious Giro d’Italia last year. He is expected to have many great days in the sport.
Monday didn’t begin like one of those days. Phinney was competing in Italy’s Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, and this penultimate stage was a doozy. Up and down, down and up, 209 kilometers of punishment, including a 27% climb so comically steep that some riders got off their bikes and pushed them uphill. Many riders quit. Later the race organizer would admit that the stage was too difficult, even for elite pros.
Just to accentuate the point of the inequality of treatment of the vehicles on the streets of New York City comes a story from Gothamist.
While bicycle activist group, Times Up has been busy trying to draw attention to the fact that the NYPD is finding no criminality towards motorists in the recent deaths of bikers and pedestrians one cyclist was just found guilty of multiple offenses making for one expensive traffic stop. Seems like city doesn’t feel the need to process a driver involved in a homicide but a cyclist running a red light is a “capital offense.”
Brooklyn Cyclist Given $1,250 Fine For Single Traffic Stop
March 16th, 2013 David Segal with his bike (Gothamist)
Last August, cyclist David Segal
received four tickets— three for running red lights and one for disorderly conduct—during the same traffic stop. Segal, the the former spokesman for City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, was biking down Nostrand Avenue in Bed-Stuy when he was stopped on August 10th. While the disorderly conduct was dismissed outright, Segal appeared in court Friday and was found guilty in the three red light violations—which means he owes $1,250 for a single cycling stop. But Segal plans to push to get the laws changed to make the penalties for bicycles less than that for cars: “One guy was driving 30 miles over the speed limit, and he paid an $80 fine,” Segal told us. “And they literally gave me a fine that is six times more than I paid for the entire bicycle. How does this make any sense?”
Last night 7 memorials were painted on the streets where pedestrians and cyclists have recently been killed in what’s seems to be a wave of car violence.
These markers are part of a tour lead by Time’s Up called the “Criminality Suspect Ride” to draw attention to these recent tragedies and a lack of action in response by the NYPD by not pursuing criminal charges of the motorists involved.
Illegal Street Memorials Mark Spots Where Drivers Killed Without Consequences
By John Del Signore
March 15th, 2013
Last night a group of cyclists took to the streets to spraypaint body outlines memorializing seven spots where pedestrians and cyclists were killed by motorists who faced no criminal charges. This morning, activists affiliated with Times Up! will be visiting the memorials to call attention to the NYPD’s widely-criticized handling of crash investigations.
The chilling memorials were painted on spots where the NYPD declared there was “No Criminality Suspected” within hours of each crash. The locations include the spot in Queens where 16-year-old Tenzin Drudak was killed by a driver who careened up onto the sidewalk after spilling a container of milk, and the spot in Queensbridge where Japanese student Ryo Oyamada was killed by an NYPD patrol car. Over the last week, six pedestrians and cyclists have been killed by motorists and not a single driver has been charged with a crime.
On Monday, it was reported that the NYPD would make changes to the way it handles crash investigations, including changing the name of the unit responsible for the probes from Accident Investigation Squad to the Crash Investigation Squad. The ludicrously understaffed unit will be somewhat beefed up, and has been instructed to investigate collisions even when there’s no immediate expectation that the victim will die.
Beware the Ides of March and the videos of Friday.
Title: Lucas Brunelle-Renegades of the Road
Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide
An excerpt from the master of the helmet camera, racer Lucas Brunelle-his documentary “line of sight.” Just in time for Monster Track 14, which Lucas has video taped like no other. Here is the NYC cut.
Title: How the Race was Won-Nice-Paris 2013
Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide You could argue it was the lesser of the two March one-week stage races this year, but that’s fine. A decent sprint or two, a ton of lead changes, nice tactical riding on occasion and more than a few of the typical stage race antics. Richie Porte confirming the Maglia Rosa of 2010 was no fluke, and Andrew Talansky showing he has the energy, and at least some of the guile, to be competitive at the top tier of the sport. Good times.
Title: Fixed Gear Obstacle Racing in Latvia – Red Bull Tru Fix 2012
Title: Breakin L.A. | U.S. trailer
Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide A group of bicycle aficionados from Hamburg St. Pauli made their way to break-in the city of Los Angeles. During 12 days the group scattered the city in all cardinal directions. They cruised through the barrios of East LA, blazed to the beaches of Venice and ascended the Hollywood Hills. They worked as volunteers at the Midnight Mission on skid row to bring attention to the 15,000 homeless people, who are the result of gentrification in LA.
They discovered a velodrome in the valley and self-tested their consciousness at the LA Gun Club. During the trip they met with a great variety of local riders. Although the bike scene in the capital of cars is relatively small, their skills are top notch. In the end the group attempted to reconquer the ecological desert of Los Angeles in order to survive evolutionary pressures, such as distances and traffic.
Title: Monster Track 12-2011
Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide CAVEMAN rockin the gopro, representin LOS PIRANHAS holding it down for flushing, jackson heights, corona, all of QUEENS, NYC. Watch him skitch, dodge death and ride with the best cyclists in nyc
Winner of this coveted fixed gear classic will win a messenger bag custom made by Roland and his crew at Reload Bags in Philadelphia, now celebrating their 15th year in business. Here’s a video of the making of this years 2013 Monstertrack prize bag.
This is a great event to check out even if your not racing a fixed gear in the streets. People travel from all over the world and it is a true celebration of our biking culture. A fixed gear holiday.
The rise in car violence in NYC has definitely alarmed local residents especially since many of these crashes have not been properly investigated by the NYPD. Compacted with the fact that the cops have seemed to found time to continue their winter ticketing blitz of cyclists involved in traffic violations.
Time’s Up is taking action and leading a tour of sites where cyclists and pedestrians have been killed in recent months to draw attention to the seriousness of car violence and the need for the NYPD to change its policy.
Here is more information from Time’s Up.
TIME’S UP! LEADS BICYCLE TOUR TO 7 MEMORIALS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS KILLED BY LAW-BREAKING DRIVERS ABSOLVED OF CRIMINALITY BY N.Y.P.D.
Bicycle-ride to seven locations in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn where memorials will be made for pedestrians and cyclists killed by drivers who committed traffic violations, yet within hours of each crash the NYPD declared there was “No Criminality Suspected,” and the accident investigation reports were never released to the public, including members of the victims’ families.
Friday, March 15, 2013
10am, ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street, Manhattan
New York, NY – On March 15, 2013, Time’s Up! will lead a bicycle tour to seven memorials that will be erected for pedestrians and cyclists that were killed by automobiles that committed at least one traffic violation.