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Like a biker to the pavement…Charges Dropped


Its hard to believe but somehow Christopher Long did not cause assault to rookie officer, Patrick Pogan’s forearms in the July Critical Mass bike ride.

His charges of assault were miraculously dropped today in court, thanks to the power of video.
Over a million views make it painfully clear that this officer of the law was egregiously acting like a some sort of…member of the NYPD.

He can have some time at his desk to think about his actions and not out on the street keeping us safe from the threat of people riding their bikes in groups.

Here is a website he should visit:

NY Anger Management

And a press release from Times Up here.

Donut Social Tonight…Stickin it to the Man.

From Gothamist:

NYPD Tries to Shush Donut Social Protest in East Village
Those self-described downtown “slacktivists” who previously called for yuppie scum to die at the Bowery Wine Company are focusing their contempt on the NYPD. They’re planning a punk concert and protest Friday night against “police brutality, real estate developers, and the blatant selectively targeted harassment/discrimination toward our scene during the 20th Anniversary of the Tompkins Square Park Police Riots concert/political rally.” The so-called “Donut Social” was originally planned for directly outside the 9th precinct on East 5th Street, but the NYPD wasn’t so into that, so the rabble have been relocated to the corner of First Ave and 5th. The other hitch is that police are insisting on a 70 decibel sound level at 100 feet with the permit. According to NMNL, that’s about the same level as the sound of a vacuum cleaner at 10 feet.

Come hear punk show…Death Mold and the Crack Steady Five

More details at Nothing More Nor Less.

Now why would anyone think there is police brutality?

Article in NYTimes about charges against Christopher Long.

NY Times Article: Here.


Charges Said to Be Voided for Bicyclist

By JOHN ELIGON
Published: September 4, 2008

Prosecutors are expected to drop criminal charges on Friday against a bicyclist who was pushed off his bike in July by a police officer in Times Square, said Mark M. Taylor, a lawyer for the bicyclist. The encounter was captured on amateur video.

The bicyclist, Christopher Long, 29, was charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct on July 25 during a monthly ride called Critical Mass. The arresting officer, Patrick Pogan, wrote in his report that Mr. Long had been weaving in and out of traffic and that he had tried to hit the officer with his bicycle.

But video recorded by an onlooker soon surfaced on YouTube, showing Officer Pogan lowering his shoulder and shoving Mr. Long off his bike on Seventh Avenue at 46th Street as Mr. Long tried to steer out of the way.

On Thursday, prosecutors declined to comment on their case against Mr. Long and would neither confirm nor deny that they planned to drop the charges.

After the video surfaced, Officer Pogan was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty, pending a department investigation. Mr. Taylor said his client planned to sue the city.

Norman Siegel, a civil rights lawyer who has represented several Critical Mass participants, said that dropping the charges against Mr. Long would be the right thing to do, and that he hoped the prosecutors would go one step further.

“I think they should give serious consideration to bringing perjury and assault charges against the cop,” Mr. Siegel said. “This is the way to get accountability over the police and reduce police misconduct. If you make this officer an example, then the message is: This kind of conduct is unacceptable and there will be legal consequences for it.”

Tensions have long existed between Critical Mass riders and the police, who complain that the riders ignore traffic laws.

Shortly before the Republican National Convention in 2004, a large number of officers arrested more than 250 riders on charges that included parading without a permit. In 2006, a state judge turned down a request by the city to forbid Time’s Up, an environmental group that promotes the monthly rides, to take part in them, to gather at Union Square Park beforehand and to mention the rides on its Web site.

Photos from NACCC.

Here are some photos from this years 2008 North American Cycle Courier Championships:

Urbanvelo.org has a series from Bike Polo.

Here.

Also, Kevin Dillard of Demoncats.com has some amazing photos. (I suggest viewing the slideshow…its like being there.)

Christopher Long in court and Critical Mass tales.

I know this is last minute, but I just got it:

Christopher Long’s will be in court tomorrow (Friday) at 9:30am for
his crime of being knocked off his bicycle by a police officer during
the July August Critical Mass.

If you can, please come to support Christopher!!

100 Center Street, Part B
Manattan

Two articles about last months Critical Mass ride in NYC-

From the Downtown Express


Mass bike riders convene on convention anniversary


bike lift in Times Square-photo by Jefferson Siegel

By Jefferson Siegel

Last Friday was a night of milestones for the monthly Critical Mass ride. It was the fourth anniversary of the 2004 Republican National Convention ride that saw 264 cyclists arrested. It was the first ride since cyclist Christopher Long was knocked off his bike by a police officer last month. It was the last ride of summer and was bookmarked between this year’s Democratic and Republican conventions.

Read the full article here

From the Tech dept.

From the technology corner, Dan Katz sent me two articles:

Say goodbye to bike chains and say hello to belt drives.
Article at Gizmodo.com

and from Wired, its the Gyro Bike.

Bicycle Film Festival Tokyo, Sept. 5th-7th

That’s right Godzilla rides a bike and he’s heading to this year’s Bicycle Film Festival

September 5th-7th.

Check out more from this from my man Eli Chessen’s Blog.

And check out a video to of Pedalmafia


Pedal Mafia Matsuri Madness from Eli Tokyo Jitensha-Jin on Vimeo.

Police at it again in RNC

Got this from I-witness video who is in Minneapolis to document police misconduct during demonstrations. Man, they must be inundated with footage which will help for the years of lawsuits against the city of Minneapolis and St. Paul, in the future.

“Police have arrived at our office in St. Paul. They say that they have
received reports of hostages barricaded in the building. We are behind a
locked door. Lawyers are outside dealing with them.”

- Eileen

Bicycle News Round up 02

Wednesday Bicycle News Roundup Number #02

San Jose California.

KCBS news

San Jose Police Crackdown on Bicycle Riders

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) — San Jose police will be out in force this week ready to ticket kids riding their bikes without a bicycle helmet.

Police Chief Rob Davis says they want parents and children to keep bicycle safety in mind as kids head back to school after Labor Day.

In addition to tickets, the police department will also hand out free bike helmets as part of its Street Smarts program, said San Jose Transportation Director James Helmer.

This increased emphasis on bicycle safety comes in the wake of a tragic accident at the end of last school year. 12-year-old Breanna Slaughter-Eck was struck and killed by an SUV as she rode her bike home from Hoover Middle School. The driver turned out to be an illegal immigrant.

original article

Eureka, California.


Time to make it safer for bicycle commuters

The Times-Standard
Article Launched: 09/03/2008 01:30:17 AM PDT

The recent death of avid bicycle commuter Gregory Jennings should spur local government officials into taking additional action to make highways safer for area bicyclists.

Jennings died last week after his bicycle was hit by a car when it drifted onto the shoulder off State Route 299. Authorities said Jennings, a respected biologist, was doing everything right — wearing colorful clothing and a helmet and he was riding on the side of the shoulder farthest from vehicle lanes.

This was the fourth bicycle-related death in the past seven years, and comes at a time when more and more people are considering taking their bikes to work to save on the high cost of gasoline. Since March, there have been nine collisions involving cars and bicycles on the highway.

Read article here.

US

The Big 5 of Bicycle Advocacy, working on bicycle related issues on the National Level.

Article comes from Pittsburgh’s own urbanvelo


The “Big 5″ of Advocacy

Chances are that you’ve got a local, regional, or state bicycle advocacy organization working to improve conditions in your area. But do you know who is working at the national level to change bicycling in this country? And why should you care? These groups are working to fundamentally change all aspects of bicycling in this country. Everything from how projects are funded, how laws are written and enforced, building and strengthening local groups, to on and off-road access, etc. In no particular order…

The League of American Bicyclists – Originally formed in 1880 as the “League of American Wheelman”, this is the world’s oldest transportation organization. Best known these days for their popular “Bicycle Friendly Community” initiative and “National Bike Month“, the League works on advocacy, outreach, and education issues that affect all bicyclists. More information on their Mission, History, and Key Programs here.

Bikes Belong Coalition – promotes that they “put people on bicycles more often”. Formed by the bicycling industry to strengthen and increase Federal Policy and Funding, build National Partnerships, provide Community Grants, and promote bicycling. Best known for their grants of up to $10,000 to fund projects that will improve local bicycling conditions.

Find out the other groups Here.

UK

Bike Sales increase due to success of Olympic cycling team.


Two wheels good

The Hitwise data suggested that bicycle retailers received a boost in particular, after the success of the British cycling team.

Phil Beer, manager at Tibbs Cycle Store in Canterbury, says that the heroics of athletes such as Chris Hoy has sparked more interest.

“We have certainly had more people talking about cycling, but how long that continues we will wait to see,” he says.

There has also been striking interest from dads keen to get back into BMX cycling after watching the, ultimately unsuccessful, exploits of Shanaze Reade, he says.

Fathers are buying their children a BMX and then deciding to return to racing themselves.

read more here.

OH CANADA!
Hubs and Spokes
Has a story on Extreme commuting from Mike Caslor in Winnipeg Canada.

And in the exotic New Jersey…

Morristown’s Mayor shows up for Critical Mass Ride.

Read all about it Here

How bout it Mayor Bloomberg? Wanna Ride?

The NACCC wrapped up in Chicago

Sweet Prize Bags:

I’ve been so tied up with Cops beating on journalists in Minneapolis I forgot all about the 2008 Cycle Courier Championships in Chicago.

Who Won?

Looks like Austin Horse from NYC top Male and Kym Perfetto from NYC, female. DAMN! NYC killed it.

Results and Pictures from Chicago bike blog: hipsternascar.com

also check out: Dispatch101

pictures from Camilla Candida Donzella
and
(picture of Austin and Kym)

Kym Perfetto

Video from Urbanvelo