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Tax incentives for biking to work in California.

One good thing to come out of the bailout was a tax benefit for people who bicycle to work.
Here is some information on that in California from the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

Well, Jon Kessler isn’t going to wait around for this to get implemented, like waiting for banks to come clean on how they spent our money, so he has introduced: bikebux.com

Jon created this website to make it as simple as possible for people to get cash for biking to work.

From the site:
“Bike Bux are the new tax incentive for anyone who rides a bike to work. If you or your employees travel by bicycle for a substantial part of the commute, then Bike Bux are for you.

Beginning in January 2009, cyclists throughout the United States can get up to $240 per year in Bike Bux tax-free to help cover the costs of riding to work. Bike Bux are redeemable at bike and sporting goods stores nationwide for bikes, bike-related gear and supplies, repairs and even bike storage.

Bike Bux come in three sizes: $20, $60 and $240 cards.

To get Bike Bux tax-free you must get them through your employer. Employers of all sizes can offer Bike Bux. In fact, if your employees do not love Bike Bux we will give you a 110% refund.”

Time to act Locally.


Norman Siegel has been a life long advocate for civil rights and equal justice. He’s also been a huge asset and friend to the NYC cycling community, tirelessly defending the rights of free speech and free assembly.

Once again he is running for New York City Public Advocate and a new group is forming to campaign for him:

Cyclists for Siegel.

For information on how to volunteer and be informed of upcoming events, send an email to cyclistsforsiegel@gmail.com

Things are getting kicked off tonight, December 1st, 2008 with a Bike Ride:

SPECIAL PARTY RIDE TO NORMAN SIEGEL’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Monday, December 1st, 6:00 p.m.
Ride will start at Union Square
Ride will end at Azza Restaurant and Lounge, 137 East 55th Street between Lexington & 3rd

Come support Norman Siegel- the Civil Rights Attorney who has worked tirelessly in support of our civil rights and has been a true champion of the bicycling community during its crucial expansion process and helped with many aspects of increased cycling in New York City. You can come on the ride or go directly to the party at Azza Restaurant and Lounge- whatever you do, please support Norman Siegel now and in the future.

The new Time’s Up! soundbike will make its debut so we’ll have good rockin’ legal tunes on the ride.

For more information on Norman Siegel’s Campaign for Public Advocate or to donate to the campaign go to:
Normansiegel.com

Bikeblog NYC Holiday gift guide.

If you’re going to buy gifts this Holiday season, here are some ideas and incentives from bike related merchandise.

Keen Shoes is offering free shipping from now until-December 5th.
Maker of sustainable products and ecco-friendly footwear and bags (they even make a cycling sandal)
go to Keenfootwear.com

and enter: BIKEBLOGNYC in the promo code section.

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Turntablelab.com
has this cool new bike print on a t-shirt.
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Don’t forget about this cool Monster Track dvd, and I’m not just saying this cause I made it…(well maybe I am)
An inside look into NYC’s toughest longest running alleycat. In the snow, No Brakes!

available at Monstertrack8.com
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Get a subscription to the best urban culture bicycle rag…

and the UrbanVelo Cycling hoodie.

available along with other great stuff at Urbanvelo.org
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Then there is the Ladies of Team Pegasus 2009 calender with proceeds going to world bicycle relief. The rest of the money goes to this team of Mid-west cyclists and their exploits on the track, the street and in the mud.

available at: Teampegasuscycling.com
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where bicycles and art love each other madly…

My good friend Ashira in LA has been working on some cool t-shirt designs

she has some other cool handcrafted things like wallets and photographs…

check it out at Redridinghoodproductions.com/esty
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Get cool things for your track bike at NYC’s own:
Trackstarnyc.com
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Always great gift ideas for the urban rider in all of us like these hats from Chuey Brand.

check out lots of great gear at KingKog.com
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Great stuff for winter at Cadence.com

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Nice ad for Stella.

thanks Trackosaurusrex.com

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