This is probably old news for everyone but I’m still playing catch up here from my move to Parkslopia last week. Still digging through all the boxes trying to find things like the power cable to the modem and keys to my bike locks.
The Department of Transportation, with their new initiatives of “greening” NYC, wants to increase bicycle commuting with the numbers doubled by 2015, just in time for Mike Bloomberg’s 4th term as New York city’s supreme overlord. Realizing this increase in ridership is largely contingent on secure bicycle parking, the city came up with a contest to design bike racks which will hopefully be completed a lot sooner then that other site in which they had a design contest for.
The contest for new bike racks involved over 200 entries from 24 states and 26 countries and can be read about in this NY times article by Sewell Chan.
10 finalists have been announced and their design submissions are currently installed in Astor Place, by “Alamo”, (the Cube)
The winners of the CityRacks Design competition, which, yes, has its own website, will be announced Oct. 24th, during National Design Week sponsored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Meanwhile, Lyle over at the bike blog Projecto-B took some pictures and realized there was a special place for one of the racks…
Hopefully this won’t lead to the other major obstacle in increasing bicycle commuting:
October 5th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Tod Seelie of Suckapants is having another photo show…opening in Portland, Maine.
Tod is a rising photography superstar and prominent member of the NYC bike community. His images take us on the road with high energy music tours, down rivers on homemade barges and reveal to us the exciting underside of art on the cutting edge.
My second solo show for the year, Constant Quarry, opens tonight at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME. DJs Dirtyfinger, Stache, and Porkchop of the Black Label Bicycle Club will be spinning at the opening from 5-9, and then afterward they will ramp it up to a down-n-dirty dance party till 1 am. Tomorrow night (Saturday) will feature performances by Matt & Kim and Japanther, accompanied by another set by the Black Label boys. If you happen to be within striking distance of Portland, Maine, come on by. It’s beautiful up here, the leaves are starting to change and the air is crisp with the scent of the ocean. I will be in Portland for the next week as part of a small residency with the Bakery Photo Collective. I’ll also giving an artist talk at the gallery on Monday, Oct. 6th, and a guest critique at the Maine College of Art on Oct. 7th. Details below. Thanks!
The neighborhood’s kids are psyched, waiting to unveil bikes they’ve transformed at the bike decorating workshops in September. The Rude Mechanical Orchestra and the Bari Koral Family Band are ready to play. Local chefs are cooking up treats for after the parade. And 47 bike-less kids now have donated bicycles that have been tuned up, decorated, and ready to take home after the parade.
Here’s the schedule:
10:00 am-11:00 am: last-minute bike decorating, bike helmet fitting, Learn to Ride workshops.
11:00 am: speakers including Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, and City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez.
11:30 am: parade forms up; music by Rude Mechanical Orchestra
12:00 noon: the parade!
1:00 pm: Celebrate with music by the Bari Koral Family Band, free snacks, games, face painting and more.
1:45: Bike decorating winners announced; raffle prizes (free raffle for all participants)
Still don’t have a bike? Among the items in the free raffle are five bikes in great condition, courtesy of Recycle-A-Bicycle.
The LES Kids’ Art Bike Parade, sponsored by the East Village Community Coalition, celebrates sustainable transportation and community building, with the help of local artists, businesses and politicians.
Co-sponsors include Transportation Alternatives, Recycle-A-Bicycle, Bike New York, New York City Housing Authority, Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, New York City Department of Transportation, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts.
Yes, I made the switch to WordPress. Things are moving along here at bikeblog and my life is a bit chaotic right now but welcome to my new site. I will be spending time updating this blog as I learn the fine intricacies of word press.
Not only did my blog move, but my wife and I moved from the hip and trendy Williamsburg to the South Side of Park slope, which I like to call Parkslopia. We are expecting our first child in November and well thats the law…you’ve got to be one of those people with the stroller and the food coop and the amazing park.
As I unpack the boxes and look for those field manuals on newborn care, I will continue you to do my best to bring you the good, the bad and the ugly sides of bicycle culture in NYC and beyond.
Local paper City Beat has an article on the unfriendliness of biking in this Ohio city.
Cover Story: No One Rides for Free Lack of vision, planning and investment have made Cincinnati a ‘bike unfriendly’ city
BY Danny Cross | Posted 09/03/2008
It’s difficult to ride a bicycle in Cincinnati, and not just because it’s hilly and the weather sucks and our neighborhoods sprawl 30 miles away into another counties and states.
It’s not because there are few bike racks and even fewer bike lanes. It’s not because each neighborhood presents its own set of problems for planners and engineers or the fact that Cincinnati hasn’t had a planning department since 2002.
It’s not because the newest map of the city’s bike routes is from 1998 or that you’re just as likely to get a biggie-size Coke thrown at you while riding along Central Parkway than you are to receive a friendly wave.
From right here in New York, Stuart Post got his article in City Limits about his experience at the August Critical Mass:
WHO’S AFRAID OF A PEACEFUL BIKER? A spontaneous evening goes awry, leaving skid marks on this cyclist’s view of his city. By Stuart Post
City Limits WEEKLY #655 September 8, 2008
Editor’s note: Using a bicycle for transportation on the streets of New York City can be an intimidating, and downright dangerous, endeavor. The Bloomberg administration is working to make the city more bike-friendly â€“ through newly designated bike-only lanes, to cite the most visible example. But how bike-friendly can a city be if its premier grassroots cycling event operates in an atmosphere of police hostility? That’s one question that occurred to self-described “accidental anarchist” Stuart Post, a 48-year-old resident of the Gramercy Park area, who joined last month’s Critical Mass bike ride.
San Francisco held its inaugural car-free “Sunday Streets” event last weekend. New Yorker Jen Petersen was there and files this report.
Whatever the weather, San Franciscoâ€™s Fishermanâ€™s Wharf doesnâ€™t suffer from a shortage of dollar-shelling, strolling tourists on weekends, and so clearing street space for more people-powered mobility on a sunny morning had instant takers. As was the case at New Yorkâ€™s Summer Streets, more than a few participants simply stumbled upon the event. And since Civic Center and Fort Mason was hosting the U.S.â€™s first Slow Food Nation, a foodie-drawing tribute to regional, small-scale food producers, there was an even greater influx of slow and deliberate pilgrims on this particular weekend. There wasnâ€™t a chance that the northern part of the route would go un-used, though I wondered how many San Franciscans actually ventured that way. But save for the artisan street vendors set up as usual at Market Street and Embarcadero, the weekend-shuttered financial district was still a tourist no-go zone.
South of the Ferry Terminal Building (itself a regional foods marketplace), however, cyclists, walkers, rollerbladers, and runners transitioned to the physical activity-promoting leg of the route. And so rounding the bayâ€™s curve to South Beach, where the SF Giantsâ€™ AT&T Park was open for base running, and the China Basin inlet, where Cheryl Burke Dance Studio offered Tribal Belly, Afro-Colombian, Salsa, and East Coast swing dance classes all morning, the re-appropriative potential of the street came to life. I maintain: there is no higher social use of street space than dancing!
Speaking of San Francisco. Chris Carlsson, one of the original riders of Critical Mass, author and world traveler will be the keynote speaker at this years Conflux festival. Sept 11th-thru the 14th. in NYC.
Conflux Festival is the art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space.
September 9th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed