The Wednesday News Round Up.

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.

more Here

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
Magee Hickey
BROOKLYN (CBS) ― How does this sound: a totally “car-free” Prospect Park in Brooklyn? It’s a proposal a group of bicycle activists is pushing hard for next summer.

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
By: Bob Keeler, Staff Writer

“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.
Frischkorn, riding for the Garmin-Chipotle team in its first Tour de France appearance, didn’t win the stage earlier this summer, but he came in a close second, Eustice said at an Aug. 11 press conference in Doylestown to talk about this year’s Univest Grand Prix.

article here.

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.—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.

article here.

More bicyclists take to the street due to high gas prices.
The Press-Enterprise

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

And so it continues…

Got a disturbing email from Eileen Clancy of I-Witness Video

I am in Denver and will be on Democracy Now in the morning, in the first
hour of their special two-hour convention coverage to talk about the
policing of the Democratic National Convention so far.

I will also be discussing some disturbing news which we received in the
middle of the night. Our colleagues at the Glass Bead Collective, a group
of video artists and documentarians, are in the Twin Cities to prepare for
the Republican National Convention. They were swarmed by three police
cars, detained and had all of their electronic gear, including laptop
computers, videocameras and personal items were taken from them by
Minneapolis police. No one was arrested. The stop and seizure was
explained by police officers as related to Homeland Security and the
Republican Convention. Needless to say, this is extremely upsetting to

More details to come later, folks.

– Eileen Clancy
I-Witness Video



DNC in full swing.

Well its that time of year again. When Presidential candidates (backed by major corporate dollars) spend millions on their conventions, preach about freedom and equality and fully allow their host cities to become militarized police states that look a lot like this:

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.
*We got lots of people arrested, even for just standing on the sidewalk thinking about protesting.
*Tied up the court system with hundreds of lawsuits for things like locking people in a toxic bus depot for 48 hours. Many of these cases are still pending but most of them have been dropped favoring the demonstrators.
*Allowed plain clothes officers to manically ride around on scooters ramming into people.
*Sent NYPD cops all over the country to infiltrate such violent protest groups like the “Billionaires for Bush.”

Denver will be having a critical mass on Wednesday August 27th.

For some good independent coverage…check out:

Democracy Now.

For reporting from working Denver Bike Messengers check out:
Today was their first day recap, with images of protests, bike cops and the freewheelin, bike sharing program.

The guy on the far left, definitely needs to be riding that bike a whole lot more…and not just to Dunkin Donuts.

According to

NYC’s head of the DOT was in Denver having a round table discussion on transportation infrastructure.

Redbull Rampage

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comedy…more like…Look! No Brain!

Cyclehawk gets it done

Cyclehawk messengers in NYC now have a new ride to their fleet. Really showing how you can get the job done using bicycle power.

Cab Driver in Miami

In Miami, a cab driver is trying for his own Olympic record of the number of cyclists he can take out.

Sunday, on the MacArthur Causeway, a cab struck eleven cyclists out for a club ride.
According to the Miami Herald Six of the cyclists were rushed to local hospitals. The most seriously injured was a 48-year-old man who is in critical condition and undergoing surgery at Ryder Trauma Center; five others were in stable condition. The other five suffered severe road burn when thrown to the pavement and were treated at the scene.

Unbelievable. My thoughts go out to all those injured. The cabie will probably get a slap on the wrist and this will be considered an “unfortunate accident,” with no investigation.

Time to get it on…

Now that the Olympics are over, we can get on to some more important athletic endevours, like:

Pittsburgh’s Pirate Bike Olympics
Over Labor Day weekend.

For more events like this and other Pittsburgh alleycats visit:


Meanwhile. This weekend Chicago will be hosting the 2008 National Cycle Courier Championships, otherwise known as the NACCC.

Check out and I know Hipsternascar will be throwing down some good info from his hometown turf.

Kicking things off with a Messenger Prom on August 30th:

and a bike polo tournament:

Speaking of the Olympics, China is still holding a dozen foreigners including 8 Americans, 1 being a friend of mine, Brian Conley, for such heinous acts as unfurling a protest banner. Wow, what a fair and tolerant host country. I hope all the new consumers they have opened up to Pepsi products was worth it.

More on the bullshit of the Chinese government here.

Bike Sharing is up and running in DC-Brought to you by Clear Channel…ugh.

Last week a bicycle sharing program was launched in Washington DC. The system, modeled after the highly successful Velib program in France. This new program, kicked off by making 100 bicycle available for a $40.00 a year membership fee.

Here is an article from the LA times explaining how the system works:

DC Rolls out Bike Sharing Plan to thin Traffic.
By Cynthia Dizikes, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 15, 2008

Read article here.

The bad news is its sponsored by mega-media conglomerate, Clear Channel, the same people who banned the Dixie Chicks for being anti-war. I guess someone has to pay for this and it seems as if they have a full staff to maintain the bicycles. I’m sure this has nothing to do with all the advertising revenue potential from various kiosks set up around DC. It just seems a little weird to have a corporation who constantly supports the Republicans, you know the people who’s policies have lead to a warm planet and inflated gas prices, to now be trying to get more people on bikes. I guess its like Exxon trying to profit off the oil and the alternative fuel. The good news is that there is a new system in America where you can have another option in getting around by bicycle started in the Nation’s capital.

Here is the website for the program:

Streetfilms went down to DC to check out the new system:

For more info check out this posting at


on another DC note: Happy Birthday to Gwadzilla Joel, my favorite DC bike blogger.

2 events going on tomorrow in NYC.

Pabst Blue Ribbon and Bustin Board Company presents:

Brooklyn Blitz 2008

What: “Brooklyn Blitz 2008″ – BIKES AND BOARDS!!!!

When: Sunday, August 24 @ 7pm sharp

South end of McCarren Park @ 6-6:30pm, following the Jelly NYC McCarren Pool Party
Bike and boards race,blitzkrieg around brooklyn.

: Pabst Blue Ribbon , Bustin Boards, NYC massive +Co + guests will be sponsoring the event and free beer/raffle giveaways at East River Bar afterwards.
who is fastest,board vs.board and bike vs bike. Show up 6-6:30 at the south end of McCarren Park and get your checkpoint manifest card, doubling as your VIP beer ticket to use at East River Bar for free beer. Bikes and boards will pile high, horn will sound @ 7pm, and we’ll be off to ravage the streets of Williamsburg, meet your checkpoints and get to the bar with your completed card to drink FREE PBR and chill with the dopest people in this city.==

race starts Sunday, August 24 at 7pm sharp!

Then there is the Lower East Side Bike Show and BBQ.

11am at PS 142, 100 Attorney Street, corner of Rivington in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Come Celebrate being a New Yorker on two wheels, all Bicycles Welcome, bring yours.