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Video From DNC Critical Mass

with this information from: DVONS27

“Critical Mass in Denver during the Democratic National Convention. It was awesome. Probably at least 600 riders. At first the cops were escorting us, and were allowing us to go through red lights, but at the end, they said we were impeding traffic, so they sent out the riot police. People started getting arrested, and getting tickets. More Bikes, Less Oil! “

Video from Rage Against the Machine Concert yesterday.

Found this website with good coverage from yesterday’s Tent State concert.

KGNU.org

Freewheelin Program in Denver during convention.

Despite the 50 million dollars spent on, new riot gear for cops…I mean “Security,” this years Democratic National Convention is being touted as the, “Greenest” convention in history.

Cyclejerks.org has posted some videos about the Freewheeling program which is set up to lend bikes to people to get around the convention.

Videos by: Fireside productions, a local Colorado production company.

Forget 1968, its 1984.

The Republican National Convention hasn’t even started yet in Minneapolis, but the police are all ready cracking down.

Three members of NYC’s Glass Bead Collective got the shake down in true fascist style.

Local protesters stifled
Group hassled by Minnesota cops in advance of GOP convention
by amy zimmer / metro new york

AUG 27, 2008

Just after a group of New Yorkers were released by Chinese authorities, other locals were detained by authorities in a different setting: Three members of the Glass Bead Collective were in Minneapolis prepping a few days before filming protests during the Republican National Convention.

After being held early yesterday morning for an hour, their camera equipment, computers, notes and even someone’s backpack of clothes were seized, according to Vladimir Teichberg. His video group helped air the YouTube clip of a Critical Mass bicyclist last month getting shoved off his bike by a cop.

“They took our tools of the trade.” Teichberg said by phone from
Minneapolis, where he has been since Thursday to “get a feel” for the city and meet with groups planning actions. “We’re interested in people coming to protest, … what they’re trying to say and how they’re trying to say it, and to what extent they will be allowed to say it.”

According to a Minneapolis Police Department report, the trio trespassed and committed a “homeland security offense.” They were observed walking out of a railroad yard, the report states.

But Teichberg said he, Olivia Katz and Anita Brathwaite had come off a bus around 2 a.m. when cop cars surrounded them.

“At first they told us they were looking for people breaking into cars,” Teichberg said. “They started searching us. … They questioned us: Why are we here, what is our allegiance, who do we support for president?” … I said, This is crazy, like ‘1984.’”

They were not arrested.

Article here.

Article on New Bike Lane on Broadway


Article in the NY times about the new bike lanes on Broadway in Midtown.
Ok, I messed with this photo a bit. I love the motorcycle riding in the bike lane.

Front-Row Seats on Broadway, if You Dare
By WILLIAM NEUMAN
Published: August 25, 2008

As if New York wasn’t stimulating enough already, the city has provided a new kind of thrill right in the heart of Midtown: an esplanade carved into Broadway where people can sit and relax as cars and trucks whiz by.

And while the esplanade seems to have become an instant hit with office workers and tourists — the metal benches, tables and chairs (some under red umbrellas) were rarely empty on Monday morning, even though they have been out for only a few days — many eyed the traffic warily.

read the rest of the article here.

Now is it just me or is this bike lane totally a ridiculous place to ride your bike?

Whats going on at the DNC, real reports from the streets.

Yesterday was a rousing speech by Dennis Kucinich, which I’m sure nobody heard, because it wasn’t popularized, just like most of the Representative from Ohio’s campaign.

Wake Up America…

Here are a few great sources of video from the streets sent to me from breathingplanet.net

First off, an amazing job from submedia.tv.
Check out the reports from the Stimulator on police feeling threatened by: a female code pink activist, food not bombs and peaceful demonstrators.

Here we go again, arrest them first, trample civil rights and pay massive amounts in law suits years from now.

Yesterday, Iraq Veterans Against the War, staged a simulation of their raids in Iraq, which seem to closely resemble the riot cops treatment of demonstrators.

More on this from Mobileboradcastnews.com

and a report from Al Jazeera English:

Last night,
Rage Against the Machine played a free concert and there was a Critical Mass:

From the Denver Post:

Denver reaches “Critical Mass”
By Carlos Illescas and Greg Mellen

Some 200 bicyclists met at Civic Center tonight, circled the park then headed west on 15th Street to an unknown destination as part of the “Critical Mass” bicycling event.

The event, which is held in cities nationwide, is typically on the last Friday of every month. But with the Democratic National Convention in town, bicyclists decided to hit the road Wednesday to draw attention to the relationship between bicyclists and motorists.

More here.

Park Slope resident is selling Workman Trike

Wanted to post this bike for sale:

Workman lite Trike for sale.

For sale: Worksman Star-Lite Trike, a very solid adult recreational tricycle from America’s oldest bike manufacturer, Worksman (worksman.com). This is a premium model, with 3 speeds/gear settings. It has two brakes: a rear coaster foot-operated drum brake and a hand-operated front drum brake. The front brake has a brake lock on the hand control, to keep the trike stationary when necessary. It has a wide, heavily cushioned seat and a removable, height-adjustable tilt-adjustable back rest. It has ample room and a mounting area for a basket or other such addition.

The trike is in BRAND NEW CONDITION, because soon after it was purchased, the owner could no longer ride it for medical reasons. Its new condition is very evident from the body and tires. Worksman makes industrial and military tricycles, as shown on their website. This Star-Lite Trike is very sturdy and stable. It can be ridden by older adults, people lacking the balance for a bike or others.

Worksman’s site reveals that such 3 speed dual brake trikes go for around $500. Various other models have only 1 speed and/or 1 brake (often a caliper brake, not a drum brake). For this delux model tricycle in brand new condition, $300, o.b.o., is a very good deal.

email: trike@brooklynzone.com

More Pictures at brooklynzone.com/trike.html

The Wednesday News Round Up.

This is a new section of my blog where I scan the globe for bicycle related news stories. (Ok actually I just search google)

Today in the news:

The BBC reports that Igor Kent, a local Toronto Bike shop owner was shut down for having over 3,000 bikes, many of them stolen.

article:

Prolific bicycle thief arrested

Canadian police have arrested one of the world’s most prolific bicycle thieves after discovering almost 3,000 bikes in his possession.

Igor Kenk, the owner of a bicycle store in Toronto, was held last month after they noticed that reports of bicycle thefts had spiked sharply.

After planting several bikes around the city, plainclothes officers waited to see who would steal them.

more Here

New York-Bicycle Activists propose-”Car Free” Prospect Park.

Bicycle Activists Propose ‘Car-Free’ Prospect Park

Group ‘Transportation Alternatives’ Calls On Mayor Bloomberg To Consider Full-Time Ban In Famous Park
Reporting
Magee Hickey
BROOKLYN (CBS) ― How does this sound: a totally “car-free” Prospect Park in Brooklyn? It’s a proposal a group of bicycle activists is pushing hard for next summer.

According to the group Transportation Alternatives, the three-week experiment to shut down certain streets on the East Side of Manhattan to cars on August weekends has been such a huge success, that Mayor Michael Bloomberg should want to ban cars from Prospect Park as part of his lasting legacy. At least that’s the argument the activist group is making.

Complete article here.

2008 Univest Grand Prix is coming to Eastern Pennsilvania

The Souderton Independent reports on this upcoming cycling classic.

Univest Grand Prix pedals on, prepares for upcoming race
By: Bob Keeler, Staff Writer

“He just destroyed the field last year, blew the race into a thousand pieces and he basically replicated that ride that he did at Univest last year in a stage of the Tour de France,” said John Eustice, president of Sparta Cycling and the UGP’s race promoter.
Frischkorn, riding for the Garmin-Chipotle team in its first Tour de France appearance, didn’t win the stage earlier this summer, but he came in a close second, Eustice said at an Aug. 11 press conference in Doylestown to talk about this year’s Univest Grand Prix.

article here.

Georgia man wins 36th annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

Georgia man wins bike race up NH’s Mt. Washington-A.P.

MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H.—A college student from Georgia finished nearly two minutes ahead of his closest competitor Saturday to win the 36th annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

Phillip Gaimon, a University of Florida at Gainesville senior from Tucker, Ga., finished the 7.6 mile road to the top of the Northeast’s highest peak in 54 minutes, 57 seconds.

article here.

More bicyclists take to the street due to high gas prices.
By SEAN NEALON
The Press-Enterprise

More people are commuting by bike because it can save money, improve health and help the environment. But it also can be dangerous, especially in car-centric Southern California.

A driver making a mid-block U-turn hit Redlands bike commuter Jonathan Baty, bruising his hip and damaging his bike. San Bernardino bicycle commuter Steven Christiansen continues to have back pain after being hit and thrown 20 feet. Roger Uminski, who commutes by bike from Redlands to Riverside, hasn’t been in a collision, but has had change thrown at him.

article in the Press-Enterprise

And so it continues…

Got a disturbing email from Eileen Clancy of I-Witness Video

Folks,
I am in Denver and will be on Democracy Now in the morning, in the first
hour of their special two-hour convention coverage to talk about the
policing of the Democratic National Convention so far.

I will also be discussing some disturbing news which we received in the
middle of the night. Our colleagues at the Glass Bead Collective, a group
of video artists and documentarians, are in the Twin Cities to prepare for
the Republican National Convention. They were swarmed by three police
cars, detained and had all of their electronic gear, including laptop
computers, videocameras and personal items were taken from them by
Minneapolis police. No one was arrested. The stop and seizure was
explained by police officers as related to Homeland Security and the
Republican Convention. Needless to say, this is extremely upsetting to
hear.

More details to come later, folks.

- Eileen Clancy
I-Witness Video

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2 words…POLICE STATE.

DNC in full swing.


Well its that time of year again. When Presidential candidates (backed by major corporate dollars) spend millions on their conventions, preach about freedom and equality and fully allow their host cities to become militarized police states that look a lot like this:

Wow, I remember back in 2004. Ah yes the Republican National Convention in the oh so Republican town of New York. By allowing my city to host the RNC (Thanks Mayor Bloomberg) lets remember some of the good times:

*We turned our 10 year Critical Mass into a violent battleground of police harassment.
*We got lots of people arrested, even for just standing on the sidewalk thinking about protesting.
*Tied up the court system with hundreds of lawsuits for things like locking people in a toxic bus depot for 48 hours. Many of these cases are still pending but most of them have been dropped favoring the demonstrators.
*Allowed plain clothes officers to manically ride around on scooters ramming into people.
*Sent NYPD cops all over the country to infiltrate such violent protest groups like the “Billionaires for Bush.”

Denver will be having a critical mass on Wednesday August 27th.

For some good independent coverage…check out:

Democracy Now.

For reporting from working Denver Bike Messengers check out:

Cyclejerks.com
Today was their first day recap, with images of protests, bike cops and the freewheelin, bike sharing program.

The guy on the far left, definitely needs to be riding that bike a whole lot more…and not just to Dunkin Donuts.

According to
Streetsblog

NYC’s head of the DOT was in Denver having a round table discussion on transportation infrastructure.