With just 12 days to go, things are getting real close to deciding the next president of the US.
A while ago, Urbanvelo had a poll about who bikers were going to vote for…they also gave me a nice shout out. I guess its a reflection on a few of the bike blogs that aren’t afraid to get political. This is the one thing I’m most afraid of:
No, not the grizzly bear on the right. Palin becoming vice president…or even…gulp. Nevermind.
Seems like Family guy got into the act too from their latest episode where they visit a more “Nazi-like” Berlin.
That is weird.
Here’s the latest video from Jib-Jab.
Of course SNL probably said it best: (and Amy Poleher rapping while pregnant…amazing)
and when Governor Palin stumbles through a basic question about what publications she “doesn’t read”, you’ve got linebaker Terry Tate to the rescue.
Bikers have gotten into the Obama spirit:
like this light-up wheel from Aneel
This spoke card, from Ipsofatso
I love the McCain one too…sucka.
Cyclehawk’s Blog, reports that Copenhagen’s own Martin “Banana” Larsen has won this years Markus Cook Award. This coveted trophy is given to the most inspirational and hardworking courier of the world.
This from Joe Hendry of Mess Media.
“The International Federation of Bicycle Messenger Associations (IFBMA) is pleased to announce that Copenhagen messenger Martin â€œBananaâ€ Larsen has been awarded the 2008 Markus Cook Award. The Cook Award is presented annually to â€œto the courier who inspires and empowers the wider messenger community, the messenger that puts all of us before themselves.â€
Martin is a veteran messenger who as IFBMA president, Andy Duncan, notes â€œis â€œknown for tireless hard work, organizing messenger races and pulling people together.â€ Messenger championships all over the world have benefited from his sacrifice and dedication. From Copenhagen, Oslo and New York City to Sydney, Dublin and Toronto, Martinâ€™s influence is not only upon the Championships but also the messenger community.
Through his leadership in the IFBMA, the Copenhagen Bike Messengers Association and the Toronto Bike Messenger Association, Martin has fought to improve living and working conditions for all messengers.
At much personal and financial sacrifice, he spent much of the past year in Toronto helping to organize the 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships. His experience, his diligent efforts and most of all his example were a gift to the city, its cycling community and its messengers. Before Martin left six months later he laid the ground work to unite the struggling community and rebuild the cityâ€™s Bike Messenger Association.
2006 Markus Cooke winner, Kevin â€œSquidâ€ Bolger lauds Martinâ€™s work at the 2002 CMWC. â€œI was blown away with dedication and attention to detail that he exhibited in producing the main event. I asked him to show me how it worked and he gave me his completed notes and instructions in a leather binder.â€ He also â€œhelped enormously with the main event. His ideas and execution were invaluable.â€
Squid echoes the entire messenger community when he says â€œI am happy and proud to be a part of awarding the Markus Cook Award to Martin ‘Banana’ Larsen!!
The award was presented to Martin in Copenhagen Saturday during a ceremony at the Track Bike Shop. Thanks to Jumbo for arranging everything and thanks to Andy Zalan for arranging the transportation of the award.”
When I try and explain this two sided stance the city has about cycling, people often look at me like I’m some conspiracy nut who’s just told them Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 911. I mean how could a city with so much effort in making new bike lanes, setting weekend days aside with street closures and encouraging people to ride also have this negative harassment campaign to the very same bike riders they want to help, “Green” the city?
Its simple…the two departments don’t communicate and have different agendas.
The D.O.T. has made a lot of efforts to make more room for cyclists, the problem is no one has told the chief of police, Ray Kelly who continues to set up annoying sting operations and use the rank and file officers to ticket cyclists.
First it was the Queensborough Bridge, which was reported on extensively on Streetsblog. by Brad Aaron.
7 days ago I heard reports of police in vans ticketing every cyclist who did not dismount when coming down the bridge on the Manhattan side. For anyone unfamiliar with the logistics, you are gaining a lot of speed on this descent and dismounting would prove to be rather difficult until you get to the bottom. Many experienced riders don’t want to waste the energy and try and just merge right into traffic. Its just a bad design in general.
Today I got reports that one police van was parked half way up the ramp in the middle of the path. This sets up a very dangerous situation, not only for the riders coming down but for those going up, towards Brooklyn.
If the police were truly concerned about people’s safety, they wouldn’t park a giant van in the middle of a steep decent.
If you have more information on what the police are up to…please let this blogger know. Video, pictures and more details would be greatly appreciated.
steves’ 360 skid from j. youngblood on Vimeo.
Here is a real death defying trick from Newark New Jersey. Highwire daredevil Nik Wallenda, set a world record by riding his bicycle on a wire suspended 135 feet in the air, with no net.
News story from the Associated Press, by Victor Epstein here.
Indianapolis Mayor, want to turn city: Bike Friendly.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Are you tired of spending money on gas driving to work and want to get some exercise?
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced plans to turn Indianapolis into a bicycle friendly city.
“Indianapolis has long been known as the Crossroads of America. Now those roads are going to include bike lanes, and we are going to embrace alternative modes of transportation,” said Mayor Ballard.
Ben Muessig wrote this article about a recently killed cyclist in Park Slope:
“The scene of a bikerâ€™s death has become macabre memorial â€” a lasting reminder of the mean streets that claimed his life.
Someone stenciled an outline of a splayed body at the corner of President Street and Eighth Avenue in Park Slope to pay homage to Jonathan Millstein, a 50-year-old Boerum Hill resident who died on Sept. 10 after colliding with a bus at the intersection.
The yellow and orange graffiti lists Millsteinâ€™s name, the date of his death, and a stark diagnosis: â€œKilled by bus.â€>
The rest of the article here.
Saturday, October 11
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., People’s Park, St. Ann’s Avenue and Brook Avenue
at East 141st Street, Mott Haven, Bronx
Bike New York and City of New York Parks and Recreation
Parents can bring children to learn the magical balance-first method
plus starting, stopping, steering, and other biking necessities. So far
this year, more than 1,000 kids and their parents learned this method,
and the program received the 2007 Best of Parks Best Partnership Award.
October 10th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed