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.”
September 3rd, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
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.
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.
Chances are that youâ€™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 orderâ€¦
The League of American Bicyclists – Originally formed in 1880 as the â€œLeague of American Wheelmanâ€, this is the worldâ€™s oldest transportation organization. Best known these days for their popular â€œBicycle Friendly Communityâ€ initiative and â€œNational Bike Monthâ€œ, 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 â€œput people on bicycles more oftenâ€. 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.
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 Cityâ€™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.
â€œEighty percent of the jobs done in a van I can do,â€ 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.
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.
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.
Bike polo team to compete in Chicago tournament August 28, 2008 | 5:08 p.m. CDT
Drew Deubner, a junior at MU reaches with his mallet for a polo ball on the rooftop of Hitt Street Parking garage in Columbia. He and several other friends gather weekly to play bike polo. Â¦ CALIN ILEA/MISSOURIAN
article by: JESS BLUMENSHEID COLUMBIA â€” “Game on!”
This was the cheer Wednesday night after police gave Columbia’s bike polo team permission once again to practice in a downtown parking garage.
Columbia’s bike polo players have no team name, no designated home base and few fans. The team organized in February after a group of cycling friends decided informally to give polo on wheels a shot.
Their passion for the game has driven the team to practice twice a week, building skills that allow them to compete against teams from much bigger cities.