Not all alleycat races are for the sole purpose of drinking beer and winning free stuff. Here is an upcoming event to raise money for relief efforts in Haiti due to a few devastating hurricanes. November 15th, in NYC.
There is a rumor spreading that cops will be, “enforcing safety” on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge. This could mean, thanks to previous reports, that police vans will be in the middle of the down slope on the bridge (very “unsafe” for cyclists) stopping bicyclists and issuing tickets. Its just a rumor, but be advised. Anyone hearing or witnessing these actions, please document and let me know.
With just 2 days until the vote, Messengers and Urban racers participated in the Obama Alleycat.
John, race organizer, just sent out the results:
“1st Place- Skander- winner of the Seagull Champions Obama Bag!
2nd Place- Zak- winner of the R.E.Load Obama Bag, which was supposed to go to Top Outta-Towner, but nobody came from out of town, (except for Diablo and his wife, but he didn’t race this time around! Good to see you Bro!
3rd Place- Bega!- winner of the Crumpler courier backpack! Good to see you still kickin’ ass old timer!
The only bit of controversy was that four of the top six racers (Soda, Bruuuce, Nick plus one more) were disqualified because their manifests were not completed correctly. The rules are the rules. But even then they kicked ass!!! They were FLYING!!!
Anyhow, thanks to the 35 people who did come race. It was the PERFECT day!!!
Thanks to Caleb for the party location. Thanks for the open offer for next time!
Many thanks to all the volunteers who manned the 10 checkpoints flawlessly and got people through the race!!!
And last, but not least, to all the sponsors who were so generous with the prizes!!! R.E.Load, Seagull, Crumpler, Evomo, Fabric Horse, Flirtees and Kryptonite- you guys rock and we HEART you!!!!!!
Until 2009 and the Tour de LeMond Pt. Deux!!! Two-man team alleycat and TTT!!!
The New York Times had an article on the rise of bicycling in New York City. An annual report from the Department of Transportation says that the popularity rose 35% in 2008. “MORE BIKES”
a bit from the article by Sewell Chan. “Based on figures from an annual count of bicyclists conducted since 1984, the New York City Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that commuter cycling rose a remarkable 35 percent between 2007 and 2008.
The data [pdf] are suggestive, not definitive, but officials said they considered the trend to be genuine.”
One of my favorite blogs for information about urban planning and how that involves the bicycle is moving to St. Paul Minnesota.
From hubandspokes “I am sure regular readers have noticed my posting have been leaning more towards the Twin Cities as of late. Starting in November I will be living there full-time. I have taken a job with a community development organization in St. Paul. In addition, I’ll be doing some blogging over at TC streets for people in a few weeks.”
OUTTA THE BUSH POST ELECTION RIDE
Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.
Union Square Park North
After the election results come in, let’s ring in the new era on bikes! No matter who’s in and who’s out, the cause of non-polluting transportation and sustainable cities is here to stay. Be prepared to revel and shout or whimper and pout. Let’s make sure our new president hears us loud and clear. Bring kazoos, noisemakers, party hats and bells and lets get outta the Bush and ride into the future!