Here it is
Here it is
Well its that time again, mid week. So here is what google says is happening in the world of bicycle news:
From Velo News:
Sebastien Hinault wins stage 10 in the 63rd Vuelta a EspaÃ±a, (Grand Tour of Spain)
CrÃ©dit Agricole couldnâ€™t imagine a better going away present than a stage victory Tuesday in the 63rd Vuelta a EspaÃ±a in whatâ€™s its swansong grand tour.
The long-standing French team â€” set to fold at the end of the 2008 season after a new sponsor couldnâ€™t be found to replace the departing French bank â€” earned a rare bunch sprint victory with French veteran SÃ©bastien Hinault.
Read the rest Here
Local paper City Beat has an article on the unfriendliness of biking in this Ohio city.
Cover Story: No One Rides for Free
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.
The Leauge of American Cyclists has named Arizona the third most bicycle friendly state.
Arizona named a bicycle-friendly state
More Arizonans are ditching gas-guzzling cars for bicycles to commute to work and for recreation.
The League of American Bicyclists named Arizona the third most bicycle-friendly state in the country for its encouragement of bicycling among riders of all ages.
States were judged on six categories that support bike use, including legislation, education and encouragement, and infrastructure.
Washington is ranked number one on the list of bicycle friendly states, followed by Wisconsin at number two.
The rest here.
A group of researchers presented their findings from a study which states the best way to increase bicycle safety is to put more bicycles on the road.
Read this report from Scientific American. Includes a 60 second podcast.
From right here in New York, Stuart Post got his article in City Limits about his experience at the August Critical Mass:
City Limits WEEKLY #655
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.
read the rest here.
I got this off Streetsblog
From, New Yorker Jen Petersen.
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!
read the rest Here.
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.
Video from last month’s Critical Mass. Cops forcing people stopped at a red light into the intersection and then ticketing them for running a red light. Nice. At least they didn’t tackle anyone.
If you have enjoyed the last 8 years: the failed economy, the highest unemployment rate since 2003, invading a country based on false information, the erosion of our civil liberties, then be my guest and vote for these two.
You deserve another 4 years of the same crap.
One of the most frightening indications of the direction our country has taken isn’t thousands of miles away in some strange country we have occupied or are about too. Its right here in the USA and it was on display in the actions of thousands of police unleashed to handle demonstrations at this years Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. Maybe we can expect journalists to be jailed and beaten in Iraq. Maybe we can read about prisoners being tortured with black hoods over their heads in Abu Ghraib. Perhabs we can know about citizens being accused of terrorist acts for helping to plan protests in Fallujah. But all of this occurred and was documented outside the Xcel center where the Republicans announced their acceptance to the general election. It is the new face of homeland security in the privatized era of neo-conservative ideals. While Sarah Palin was busy bad mouthing community service, the police were doing a disservice to the community by indiscriminately using tear gas, rubber bullets, concusion grenades and mace on a few protesters with different political ideologies and wearing black bandannas. Knocking down newspaper boxes and blocking traffic is called: civil disobedience and should be dealt with by a procedural non-violent arrests. Instead it was brutal oppression by a militarized police force who think they are fighting insurgents in Afghanistan. An abusive display of violence which harmed innocent bystanders, accredited journalists and anyone who got in the way of a law enforcement and national guard rampage gone wild.
Now why did bikeblog report so much on these conventions when this is supposed to be a blog dedicated to the bicycle? Well, I’d love to report on warm and fuzzy stories like bike sharing programs at these gatherings…but it just doesn’t seem important when my fellow citizens and friends are being abused, chased, attacked, beaten and arrested. Sorry, I just can’t be silent. And besides I like to follow up on things.
So here is a wrap up report from I-witness video. A dedicated group of citizens, armed with video cameras who go to demonstrations to document police activity.
Here is an overview of what the members of I-Witness Video saw and
for the I-Witness Video Collective
Violence and cruel treatment directed at protesters by police;
Police Violence in the Streets
The members of I-Witness Video have been appalled to see a high level of
Concussion grenades, smoke bombs, CS gas (tear gas), rubber bullets and
In particular, pepper spray was used excessively and indiscriminately to
Here is a clip showing police use of pepper spray.
Abuses in the Jails
The treatment of arrestees in the jails has been shockingly bad, even
full video here.
The punishment of arrestees did not end at the jailhouse door. In almost
Targeting of Journalists
Many journalists working during the period of the RNC experienced
Harassment of I-Witness Video
Members of I-Witness Video were visited by the FBI and a Wisconsin
Two days before the convention opened, St. Paul police surrounded the
When we declined to allow them to search our house under an invalid
During the same period three other member of the collective were detained
An excerpt of a video by the Glass Bead Collective shows the St. Paul
In a sinister progression of events, police officers arrived at our office
But police brutality isn’t limited to just these big demonstrations, they happen all the time including at a concert last Friday, Sept. 5th in NYC.
Chris Ryan of team spider made these two videos.
see the violence and tazzering at:
Searching the world of bicycle related blogs.
Buffalo Bill at Moving Target Zine has a description of the Marcus Cook Award. Each year this prized trophy is awarded to an outstanding member of the international messenger community. Its time for the nominations.
Check out more Here.
Asakusa, at Fixylife has a few snapshots from this years bicycle film festival. My Japanese isn’t so good though.
my Korean’s not good either…but there’s a Korean fixed gear blog now.
Heatherbikes has completed her bicycle tour of Europe. Check out some amazing photos from the trip and see the entire route.
Jill a journalist and avid cyclist in Alaska has some notes on Sarah Palin and mostly some amazing photos of our most North reaching state.
Check it out at Arcticglass
All Posers Must Die has alerted me that the Rats are Back.
Starting Monday, Sept. 8th, sprint race series begins again.
More info at ratpackhustle
And in the New Blog spotlight…
Velotopia from my old home town of Seattle Washington. Their editor and chief, David Cole had a great quote: “Bicycling is the source and cure of all of my problems.” (I wish it were that simple)
Here’s what it says about their site: “About Us
We like bikes. We firmly believe that anything with two wheels and pedals will lead you down the road to happiness. This website is about that road.
There’s quite a few different bike subcultures out there: from brakeless fixie kids pedaling in skin-tight denim to hairless racer dudes drafting in skin-tight lycra and we tend to like them all. We like organized rides with bountiful food stops and numbers pinned to our jerseys just about as much as we like to get surly and take over the streets on the last Friday of the month. We like pump tracks, dirt parks, Sunday rides, midnight races, velodromes, single track, watching the tour, touring the countryside, climbing hills, Thursday crits, truing our wheels, anything to do with bikes we like. And that’s what this website is about: Bikes!”
His charges of assault were miraculously dropped today in court, thanks to the power of video.
He can have some time at his desk to think about his actions and not out on the street keeping us safe from the threat of people riding their bikes in groups.
Here is a website he should visit:
And a press release from Times Up here.
NYPD Tries to Shush Donut Social Protest in East Village
Come hear punk show…Death Mold and the Crack Steady Five
More details at Nothing More Nor Less.
Now why would anyone think there is police brutality?
NY Times Article: Here.
By JOHN ELIGON
Prosecutors are expected to drop criminal charges on Friday against a bicyclist who was pushed off his bike in July by a police officer in Times Square, said Mark M. Taylor, a lawyer for the bicyclist. The encounter was captured on amateur video.
The bicyclist, Christopher Long, 29, was charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct on July 25 during a monthly ride called Critical Mass. The arresting officer, Patrick Pogan, wrote in his report that Mr. Long had been weaving in and out of traffic and that he had tried to hit the officer with his bicycle.
But video recorded by an onlooker soon surfaced on YouTube, showing Officer Pogan lowering his shoulder and shoving Mr. Long off his bike on Seventh Avenue at 46th Street as Mr. Long tried to steer out of the way.
On Thursday, prosecutors declined to comment on their case against Mr. Long and would neither confirm nor deny that they planned to drop the charges.
After the video surfaced, Officer Pogan was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty, pending a department investigation. Mr. Taylor said his client planned to sue the city.
Norman Siegel, a civil rights lawyer who has represented several Critical Mass participants, said that dropping the charges against Mr. Long would be the right thing to do, and that he hoped the prosecutors would go one step further.
â€œI think they should give serious consideration to bringing perjury and assault charges against the cop,â€ Mr. Siegel said. â€œThis is the way to get accountability over the police and reduce police misconduct. If you make this officer an example, then the message is: This kind of conduct is unacceptable and there will be legal consequences for it.â€
Tensions have long existed between Critical Mass riders and the police, who complain that the riders ignore traffic laws.
Shortly before the Republican National Convention in 2004, a large number of officers arrested more than 250 riders on charges that included parading without a permit. In 2006, a state judge turned down a request by the city to forbid Timeâ€™s Up, an environmental group that promotes the monthly rides, to take part in them, to gather at Union Square Park beforehand and to mention the rides on its Web site.