Found this website with good coverage from yesterday’s Tent State concert.
Found this website with good coverage from yesterday’s Tent State concert.
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.
Videos by: Fireside productions, a local Colorado production company.
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
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 someoneâ€™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
According to a Minneapolis Police Department report, the trio trespassed and committed a â€œhomeland security offense.â€ 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.
â€œAt first they told us they were looking for people breaking into cars,â€ Teichberg said. â€œThey started searching us. â€¦ They questioned us: Why are we here, what is our allegiance, who do we support for president?â€ â€¦ I said, This is crazy, like â€˜1984.â€™â€
They were not arrested.
Front-Row Seats on Broadway, if You Dare
As if New York wasnâ€™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 â€” 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 â€” 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?
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.
Here we go again, arrest them first, trample civil rights and pay massive amounts in law suits years from now.
and a report from Al Jazeera English:
From the Denver Post:
Denver reaches “Critical Mass”
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.
Wanted to post this bike for sale:
Workman lite Trike for sale.
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.
More Pictures at brooklynzone.com/trike.html
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.
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.
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
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
“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.
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.â€”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.
More bicyclists take to the street due to high gas prices.
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
Got a disturbing email from Eileen Clancy of I-Witness Video
I will also be discussing some disturbing news which we received in the
More details to come later, folks.
– Eileen Clancy
2 words…POLICE STATE.
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.
Denver will be having a critical mass on Wednesday August 27th.
For some good independent coverage…check out:
For reporting from working Denver Bike Messengers check out:
The guy on the far left, definitely needs to be riding that bike a whole lot more…and not just to Dunkin Donuts.
NYC’s head of the DOT was in Denver having a round table discussion on transportation infrastructure.
From 2001-2004 Redbull has sponsered the ultimate in freeride mountain biking, an extreme terrain in on a sandstone ridge near Virgin, Utah.
(I’m not sure what happened after 2004…too many redbulls me thinks.)
Well now their coming back putting the Mountain in Mountain biking and new kidneys in their backsides…
This Fall Redbull Rampage is back!!!
This time its really really really really really really extreme!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!