8:45am Bike Crash at the Base of the Williamsburg Bridge (Williamsburg Bridge / Manhattan Side)
This morning I was biking directly behind a kid down the Williamsburg Bridge towards Manhattan. And as we got to the base of the bridge and police car popped up and on to the curb out of no where, with no indication and directly in front of the cyclist. The timing could not have been worse. It gave almost completely no break room for the cyclist and as a result he collided with the front left side of the car, flew over his bars and smashed his head.
A bunch of us stopped to ensure everything was alright while another biker took charge of the scene. The police just stood there. One shrugged and continued controlling vehicle traffic going back in to Brooklyn.
If anyone else witnessed this or knows this kid PLEASE email me. I’d like to make sure he’s alright and, as well, make sure he has enough witnesses in case it comes down to that point. I didn’t stay at the scene more than 5 minutes because of the amount of other cyclists that had pulled up at that point- which was boneheaded on my part as I was one of the first there.
I still can’t get the images out of my head. The impact was so hard his seat dislodged and flew off the seat post and he was left with a bleeding skull. ———————-
Please Email bikeblog, if you have any information on this.
August 9th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Bike Show on KBOOfm 90.7 out of Portland Oregon talks about the recent relationships between cars and bikers.
from their show: “WAR on WHEELS?” 8/6/08 Is there a war on wheels? Is there any difference between a “crash” and an “accident?” The August KBOO Bike Show will address recent media coverage of bike-related issues in Portland. Guests Amy Ruiz, Portland Mercury News Editor, and Jonathan Maus of BikePortland.org join hosts Ayleen Crotty and Carl Larson to analyze recent incidents, the resulting media coverage, and its influence on public perceptions. Portland’s streets are famously friendly to bicyclists. Can the same be said about Portland’s news sources?
This show is every Wednesday from 9-10am (PST) and can be downloaded on itunes.
also, another great bicycle podcast:
the Bike Show, with Jack Thurston, available here. This show is on London’s Resonance 104.4fm.
From the site on their most recent show: 8/4/08 On this weekâ€™s show we ask whether the bicycle and cycling are inherently left-wing or right-wing. Featuring Ruth Beale and Karen Breneman, two artists who recently rode together from London to the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home in Liverpool in search of cyclingâ€™s socialist and non-conformist past, present and future. Putting the case for the libertarian right is the leading political blogger and cyclist Guido Fawkes who explains why leading members of the British Conservative Party are so keen to advertise their taste for two wheeled transport.
This weekend get on down to Rollapaluza XI â€œKingspinâ€ on Friday night at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes and Tour De Play, â€˜a five mile cycle tour looking at playscapes as a form of outsider architectureâ€™ starting at the South London Gallery at 12 noon on Saturday.
August 9th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Two years ago, August 9th, 2006, legendary messenger “Bronx” John was killed by a cab near the Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn
Stop by and visit his memorial bike on Roebling and South 4th and remember it could be any one of us. Picture from flickr by: Clovis
We miss you brother.
Thanks to UrbanVelo for posting about John and these comments from John’s Mother: SHARON MC LAUGHLIN
August 1, 2008
It is coming up on two years that Jonathan has passed and the guy who mowed him down never even sent any condolences or showed up at court. A warrent for his arrest is now in effect.
It is still hard to believe Jonathan is gone. It is grief that doesn’t end.
My thanks to all Jonathan’s Friends and especially the fellows and ladies who went to his memorial service.
Jonathan would have been 34 years old, June 7. The accident happened on his sister’s 18th birthday, August 9th 2006. He was clinically dead. Only life support kept his organs going. The support was removed 8-14-2006, he expired at approx. 11:37pm another factor is if the Police went down to the third name on his cell it said call Mom, Believe it.
The Bike is still there near the bridge, often go to visit it in disbelief.
Remember it can happen to any one, even though Juan Rodigues feels no remorse and considers it a accident, if so why didn’t he show up?
My assumption is he was on his cell phone, trying to make up for lost time, (he was only 6 blocks from his apartment) or had put too many hours in his reflexs were slow. This was a company limo he was driving on company time out of his zone for what ever the witness claim he was speeding. The Bodyly damage of Jonathan is the proof.
There are no laws on the books to have arrested him if he didn’t smell of alochol, yet what about drugs which have no odor.
Well Jonathan visits me in dreams to check up on me and say hellooo and tell me his ok and loves me. My life is very empty without him.
The guy who claims Johanthan said he was Jewish there is some truth to it my Mother which I met when I was 27 Years old was Jewish Thus, this made Jonathan also we where raised Catholic but in reality who cares religon, color, etc. We also had a on going thing which this around the holiday with this women in our bldg. In Pelham Parkway House every Jewish Holoday, Don’t want to go into details–But Jonathan would act out to get away from her.
My Deepest thanks to all of his friends even though don’t know any of you.
SHARON MC LAUGHLIN (JONATHAN A. NEESEâ€™S MOTHER)
JUST SAY HELLO WHEN YOU RIDE PAST HIS BIKE!!”
Testimonials on John Neese here, from New York Bike Messenger Association.
Photo by: Natasha Calzatti for The New York Times Article by:By STEPHEN KRCMAR Published: August 6, 2008
BICYCLE lovers, thrifty as well as trend conscious, are pulling neglected 10-speeds from storage and readying them for the road again. (Let the environmentally aware bragging rights begin.)
These bicycles, made in the 1970s and 80s, used 27-inch wheels, which have been replaced with the smaller 700c wheels by road bike manufacturers. But a recent surge in sales of 27-inch tires suggests that the lowly steeds of yore are gaining new life as commuter bikes and weekend cruisers.
This summer, seven miles of Manhattan streets will be free of cars and full of fun during three Summer Streets Saturdays (Aug 9, 16 & 23). For two decades, Times Up! has been demonstrating that bikes are part of the solution to our environmental woes. Non-polluting transportation’s time has come!
Join us on Saturday, August 9, as we celebrate with fun events. Let’s show the world what car-free streets can really look like.
EARLY BIRD BIKE RIDE
7:00 am at Brooklyn Bridge
SW corner of Chambers & Centre St/Park Row.
Be the first to ride on the car-free route when Summer Streets 2008
officially begins. Experience NYC with streets that are safe and
stress-free! We’ll ride together for about an hour and enjoy the
fume-free morning air.
BICYCLE DECORATING WORKSHOP
9:00am-noon at the Astor Cube
Lafayette & 8th Street
Beautify your bike in preparation for the Green Streets Parade
(details below). Feel free to bring your own props. We will also have
decorations on hand to help make your bike, board or scooter
eye-catching for the parade. Time’s Up! volunteer mechanics will be
on hand if you need a quick bike repair
GREEN STREETS BIKE PARADE
Noon at Astor Place Cube (Lafayette & 8th Street)
This family-friendly event will include the Bike Lane Liberation
Clowns, music and a few surprises! Bring your kids, your grandparents,
your sweethearts, your bikes, your skates, and even your dogs. Help
make this a new summer-in-the-city tradition that everyone can
August 7th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Movies all screenings at-
Columbia College 1104 S. Wabash AVE, 8th Floor
Sunday, August 10th, 11am-5pm
BFF BLOCK PARTY In front of Cobra Lounge Fulton b/w Ashland and Noble 11:00am – 5:00pm
Bring your family, your bike, maybe a blanket, and come hang out
11:00am – Bike Parade! Kids, Parents, Adults – everyone’s invited to decorate their bike, best decorations/costume wins! Help kick off the block party with a neighborhood parade!
12:00pm – Head to Head IROsprints (Bracket style) $5 per entry Grand Prize: Rudy Project Helmet
1:00pm – Park Tool Mechanics Buildoff $30 per entry, benefits Working Bikes, Grand Prize: Park Tool RK-41 Tool Set (limited to the first 15 entrants, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register in advance)
2:00pm – Bike Polo Including lessons for first timers
3:00pm – Sprints and Skidz To benefit the Cuttin’ Crew – including Sprints, Skids, Best Trick, Foot Down: Each entry ($10) and win gets you raffle tickets for a Capone Cycles frameset
Food! Drinks! Music! Demonstration by Nocturnal! Raffles! Vendors! All Day Cycling Extravaganza!
August 5th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed