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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

The Children are the Future.


May they grow up and ride bikes.

Got this from Squid’s Cyclehawk Blog.

Labor Day, at the Kissena Queens Track.

Photos by Amy Bolger. Slideshow here.

Bike couriers, cheap on Gas. NY Times Article


Hodari of Checker Courier makes the Times. Nice one Ho.


Unburdened by Gas Costs, Bike Couriers See a Chance.

By APRIL DEMBOSKY
Published: September 1, 2008

New York City’s bike messengers remain a fixture on the streets, having weathered the advent of the fax machine and, of course, e-mail. Now, with the cost of gas pummeling courier companies that rely on motorized vehicles, a few enterprising cyclists are using the opportunity to generate more business.
A small but growing number of pedal-powered messengers are outfitting their bicycles and, in some cases, tricycles, with boxes and flatbeds on which they can load hundreds of pounds of cargo.

“Eighty percent of the jobs done in a van I can do,” said Hodari Depalm, the owner of Checker Courier, a cargo messenger company in Manhattan that says it can move up to 200 pounds of documents by bike. Mr. Depalm said his two-man messenger business had increased by 20 percent within the last year.

Rest of the article Here.

Interview with MASH riders from Estonia


Just got sent this link from Risto, who publishes a magazine, Sahtel in Tallinn Estonia.

Check out this interview with Jonathan Burkett and Garrett Chow from MASH SF.

Link

UrbanVelo Issue #9 is out.

Get all issues online, downloaded for free

HERE.

Arrest everyone! and other reports from RNC in Minneapolis


This is what a free country looks like:

Convention protest descends into violence

Article:
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:01 PM on 02nd September 2008
Riot police arrested around 250 people outside the Republican presidential convention last night after a protest descended into violence.

Around 10,000 had gathered for a peaceful march calling for an end to the Iraq war which eventually erupted into pitched battles between a breakaway group and officers.

Police used pepper spray and smoke bombs to break up the mob while officers on horseback, motorcycles and bicycles chased a group of rock-and bottle-throwing
protesters.

read more her.

Award Winning journalist of independent news show Democracy Now! is arrested while trying to help other journalists from the show.

This and more reported on by Submedia.org.

Here the story:

Yesterday 10,000 protestors demanded an end to the war including veterans for peace.

Article in Newsday about NYC Critical Mass


NYC bike riders say they still face uphill battle.

By LARRY NEUMEISTER | Associated Press Writer
August 30, 2008
NEW YORK – It has been four years since the Republicans staged their national convention in Manhattan, but the experience is fresh on the minds of bicyclists who say they are still getting a bumpy ride from police.

With a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, the Five Borough Bicycle Club is fighting new Police Department rules that the cyclists say were drawn up to retaliate against people participating in Critical Mass, a monthly ride that sometimes draws hundreds of two-wheelers to busy city streets.

The regulations, adopted last year, require groups of 50 people or more traveling together on a public way to get a parade permit from the police department.

The legal fight is the latest in a string that began during the 2004 Republican National Convention, when police arrested more than 260 cyclists during a Critical Mass ride.

Read more here.