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

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

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:

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

and enter: BIKEBLOGNYC in the promo code section.

has this cool new bike print on a t-shirt.

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
Get a subscription to the best urban culture bicycle rag…

and the UrbanVelo Cycling hoodie.

available along with other great stuff at
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:
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

Get cool things for your track bike at NYC’s own:
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
Great stuff for winter at



Nice ad for Stella.


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.


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 or call 323.478.0060 for more information

Victory for Critical Mass in London

Steve Green informed me of this latest victory.

Article in the Telegraph UK:

Critical mass can carry on cycling

The law lords throw out what they saw as an attempt by Scotland Yard to ban a monthly bike-ride through the streets of London.

By Joshua Rozenberg
Last Updated: 12:01PM GMT 26 Nov 2008

There is no need for the organizers of a mass cycle ride to give the police notice of their planned destination when there are no organizers and the destination is unplanned, the law lords ruled today.

England’s highest court allowed an appeal by Desmond Kay, an environmental educator and performing artist who is a regular participant in the monthly Critical Mass Cycle Ride. For the background, see my earlier report here.

Michael Fordham QC, for Mr Kay, had challenged a ruling by the Court of Appeal that would have allowed the Metropolitan Police to ban the ride, as one of the law lords put it. Lord Brown said he had referred to it as a ban even though the police said they wanted only to know where the riders would be going.

Read the rest of the article Here.