I wanted to make a few confessions and corrections.
1) Artist in LA who made Obama spoke cards is not a guy, it is a woman named Margaret Coble and she has a website where she sell prints and t-shirts.
2) I am not a vegetarian. I was at one point but I went to work on the Anthony Bourdain show and the first thing he asked me in a Thai restaurant in LA was if I was one of them. Maybe he did some instant ponytail profiling. From then on I ate what was ever put in front of me so as not to offend any of our guests and feel the wrath of this outspoken host who I really wanted to like me…and therefore keep me on other shows. Now I kind of eat whatever, but I’m trying to get it back. I miss having food standards. I am also compassionate about animals, except for that foul beast who took my bike. I just don’t like people assuming that because I write a bike blog that I am down with every cause under the sun. I especially don’t like when political people criticize you for participating in one thing and not in another as if it is all mutually connected. Like when people bitch that all the “white people” should have taken the critical Mass over to Queens to protest the wrongful acquittal of those police who murdered Sean Bell. Its hard enough to get 10 people to even come to critical mass let alone hijack it to a protest they would normally not know about. I also don’t like going to protests on specific issues like police brutality and their are a bunch of people trying to tell you to free Palestine and support the hospital for transvestite sex workers in Sri Lanka. One cause at a time please.
3) I mentioned in my posting that when my bike got stolen I ran immediately to Continuum Bike Shop. It was pointed out to me that it kind of made it sound like I was implicating them as some sort of chop shop or fence operations for stolen goods. The truth is Jeff and the crew at Continuum have made lots of progress to alert people that they will, under no circumstances accept any bikes or bike parts that they think are stolen. I just went their right away thinking they could help and wanted to see if the thief was dumb enough to go to the closest bike shop right away.
4) Since we’re getting it all out in the open. I also own a car. Its not bio-diesel it doesn’t run or Hemp powder. Its a Volkswagen Jetta given to us by our Aunts as a wedding present. So if you see me rollin around town in a red car…don’t hate.
made with dirty hotdog water…mmmm.
Well, I was checking my visitors list recently and its good to see I am still getting lots of traffic from Gothamist and bikesnob for loosing my bike. Oh the shame of it all. I stood today on 1st ave and 14th street for a little while in hopes that the thief would try me again with my road bike, a Raleigh R700 with sweet iridescent paint job. No takers. Thank goodness because I’m kind of getting into this weird concept of gears and brakes.
Just to let you know, there is going to be a new track bike bling boutique for all you hip kids out there.
Chari & Co. 175 Stanton Street.
I’m a little confused on the bike month calender. There are some events online that aren’t in this printed calender I got at Time’s Up / Hub Station, at 73 Morton Street.
Not sure what to go by.
But in my best guest here is what is going on in the next couple of days–
Friday, May 9th:
Central Park Loop Road West at 72nd St.
Prospect Park Traffic Calming Ride
Not that Tony,
Ok now it gets even more confusing.
Meet at two locations in Brooklyn 7pm. 1) option-Grand Army Plaza.
Saturday, May 10th.
Upper West Side
Prospect Park Moonlight Ride
Meet at Grand Army Plaza
Bike to Shea Day
The D.O.T.s 5th annual bike to see the Mets at Shea. Its a 12 mile ride to watch the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds in the final year of Shea Stadium. To buy tickets to the game call Brain O’Leary (Mets group Sales_ at 718.559.3038
Staten Island with Fast and Fab
BICYCLE FETISH DAY
4th Annual Bike Fetish Day
Small-Wheeled Bike Race
Folds Up Folding Bike Ride
Here are some events not listed anywhere.
Take a ride with retired Chief Bruce Smolka as he reviews his legendary arrests and misconduct during many of the critical mass rides.
See some of the highlights such as Union Square South where he roughed up a female rider who wasn’t even on her bike and the legendary arrests without dropping his coffee in Time Square. Enter a raffle to win the famous Smolka bicycle.
Sunday, May 11th, 2:00pm
From best selling author of: How you can make and sell Meth and Winning big on wall and any street.
Just listen to this testimonal from: Thief X
Here is a video Chris Ryan made from the Sean Bell protests yesterday…
A friend wanted me to post this:
“My bike was just stolen (afternoon of May 6) outside of 25 Broadway in Lower Manhattan. It’s a 49″ yellow, red, and blue Fuji track bike. It has two front brakes and is operating as a single speed road bike. It has a yellow seat with Alex rims, black tires with red on the sides. Call 347-952-6786 if you have any information.”
Photo and report from streetsblog.org (doctored by me)
Someday we will have shinny safe bike lanes to ride in and free secure bike parking to deal with all the millions of people fleeing to NYC looking for work. We won’t be able to afford to live here…but that is for another blog. Its amazing how they can destroy Union Square in a matter of days to put in a “New Resturaunt,” but we have to wait until 2011 to have 200 miles of new bike lanes. But who uses bike lanes anyway?
Here is an article from my the New York Times on the battle for bike lanes.
Articles like this have good facts in them like: New York City had the first bike path back in 1894.
But car culture is deeply ingrained in us from the minute we first ride in a car seat home from the hospital or watch our first NASCAR event. This type of journalism drove…(get it) Tim of short-schrift blog to outrage and made a special blog posting about how much this article pissed him off.
oooohhh. You’d think the that photo above of the video would piss anyone off…not only is that person parked in the bike lane, they’re halfway into another lane.
But lets give Tim a chance and see what he has to say:
There are so many occasions for spontaneous anger when you live in a city that it is nearly impossible to recall or rank them all or to even remember the reasons for your wrath. But one group of citizens consistently outrages me, all the more so for their moral grandstanding. At times I have to acknowledge that my dislike of them is visceral and perhaps irrational. But it is no less real for that. I’m talking, of course, about bicyclists.
James Frederick was in Manhattan cycling west in the Prince Street bike lane on a recent morning when a green Ford parked in the lane forced him to swerve into the narrow roadway where cars and vans were rushing past.
â€œItâ€™s kind of scary because the cars next to you just keep going,â€ said Mr. Frederick, 49, a messenger who lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. â€œThe city just put this lane in a few months ago, but itâ€™s not respected by drivers.â€
Feel free, Mr. Frederick, to be angry at the jerk with a green Ford parked in the bike lane. But, if you swerve at full speed into a lane of traffic, don’t be surprised when the automobiles next to you don’t immediately stop to let you through. Did you stop and wait and look for a safe way around when you saw, probably from some distance, that your lane was blocked? No, you didn’t. That’s what the rest of us have to do when somebody double-parks. Which, by the way, happens a lot.
In response, some cyclists have handed out fake but realistic-looking summonses to drivers in bike lanes, leading at times to arguments. Others said they have slapped stickers on cars that look like those pasted on vehicles that fail to make way for the Sanitation Department street sweepers.
Well, we all love vandalism, and impersonating officers. Only a bicyclist would be so impressed with his or her moral superiority that they wouldn’t see a problem with this, or would be so naÃ¯ve as to be astonished that these practices lead “at times to arguments.” I’m surprised they haven’t resorted to slashing tires, or kicking cars, which has happened to me on three different occasions when I was trying to park in a metered space.
There may be responsible safe cautious cyclists out there who take as much care with themselves and their machines on the roadways as I do when I’m a pedestrian, a motorist, or a passenger on public transit. But, when push comes to shove, cyclists are just as ready to flout the law and put themselves in danger as anyone else in this crazy-ass city.
Get over yourselves, cyclists. As Stephen Colbert would say, you’re on notice.
P.S.: Welcome, many referred readers. Had I known that so many people would read this post, I would have argued it differently, plugging holes and making needed concessions, but that ship has sailed. I do want to add, though, since there’s been confusion on this point, that I don’t own or regularly drive a car. My frustration with bikes is mostly borne out in my pedestrian experience, but in the war between drivers and cyclists, have about the same mixture of sympathy and frustration with both. (Maybe I’m just jealous.) So, instead of referring to me as “idiot motorist” or “dumbass driver,” if you would call me “that douchebag who walks and rides SEPTA everywhere” I would be much obliged.
Thanks for coming, and if you’re at all interested in anything else I write about, please stick around. Otherwise, in one week, I will write about why I hate puppies.
As usual…lots. Its bike month so there is no shortage of bike events and fun ways to spend your time showing off your new ride you just got in T-town or dug out of the closet for the 30,000 strong 5 borough bike tour. Don’t forget Al Sharpton is going to be shutting down the city today in protest of the Sean Bell Verdict and there is no better way to get around a crippled city then by bicycle.
Saturday, May 10th 2008
Here are the checkpoints in advance…so start studying the maps
155th st underneath riverside dr
Here are the prize sponsors:
Also on Saturday:
2) the 1st Annual LIC Bike Parade
3:00pm-4:00pm THE PARADE
Socrates Sculpture Park is at 32-01 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11106