4 days after our 3rd annual memorial ride, the New York Times comes out with this article on Ghostbikes and Bike Boxes in Portland, Oregon. Now I know this West Coast city is the US model for cycling utopia, but we have Ghostbikes here and Bike Boxes. I know America is looking to Portland for ideas, but the Times is doing a great disservice by ignoring what is happening here in New York City. Here is the article, from the times.
Here’s a local paper who felt it was important to report on the NYC memorial ride.
We New Yorkers know there is no better way to ruin your critical mass ride than a Republican National Convention coming to town. We’re still feeling the effects of a once largely attended worldwide event, reduced to 50 or so people brave enough to ride bikes in a group and challenge a childish police grudge from 4 years ago. An RNC is a golden opportunity for law enforcement to break out their shiny new ‘non-lethal’ weaponry they got for Christmas and put your hard earned tax dollars to work. Not to mention treat everyone like terrorists and turn up the Orange levels to maximum.
Since we’ve ignored the urgent calls for campaign reform, yet again…we’ve front loaded the primaries and have created such a rush in candidate selection that now only those with top dollars can stay afloat through super Tuesday in the first week of February.
The police activity is also front loaded and the cops in Minneapolis have wasted no time in preparing for the next Republican Convention in September of 2008.
The pattern repeats itself.
Back in August of 2007, Minneapolis’ peaceful critical mass ride was…you guessed it…taken over by ANARCHISTS…or so the story goes by the police.
Minneapolis is hosting this years RNC, September 1-4th 2008, and people are already front loading the organizing to give these wealthy, war mongering, corporate welfare receiving, public service destroying delegates a proper HELLO (NOT WELCOME)
Not that any Republican has a chance this time around, but that won’t stop Homeland Security form cracking down on our rights of free speech, free assembly and freedom to ride bikes.
Here’s a little recap of what went on by Huffington Post writer Peter Smith.
Here’s a little video:
Things seemed to have calmed down…since the ANARCHISTS left. Damn those ANARCHISTS, they hate our freedom. There like TERRORISTS only without a “T.”
so in September the critical mass seemed to be more peaceful.
If you don’t advocate behavior on bikes racing through traffic and holding onto cars, your definitely not going to like this behavior…
This is a second trailer for a new dvd put together by Cadence and a bunch of fresh riders who do tricks on track bikes…its the latest craze and all the kids are doing it.
So if you are one of those people that think riding like this is done by skillful athletes who can probably handle their whips better then your average cyclists…you might want to think about buying this new dvd and checking it out.
It will be premiering in NYC at “Bike Shorts” (from their website)–
“The World Premiere of Bootleg Sessions has been scheduled! It will take place at Galapagos Art Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on January 13th as part of Bike Shorts 4. If you live in NYC, you must attend. The Philly crew will undoubtedly be there to represent, and where they go, action (and injury) will most likely follow.
Every year Time’s up has its annual New Years bike ride, a pleasant environmentally friendly alternative to standing for hours in Time’s Square in the freezing cold. This year the ride was about 200 strong and another 200 came out to see fireworks in Central park, where the ride ends.
The New York Times ran this article before the event.
Here is a little feel good statement for Time’s Up director Bill DiPaola,
Part Bike ride, part New Years Eve Party, the 10th Annual Time’s Up! New Years Eve Party Ride gathered over 400!
This year Time’s Up! stepped it up by adding more meeting points including Brooklyn and Queens. We also emphasized the importance of starting off the new year with your community with by supporting time’s Up! and the environment. We had over 200 celebrating bike riders and we met up with another 200 people in the park, which added up to an amazing party with fireworks at the end.
The timing posed a huge challenge, however Everything seemed to come into place perfectly and the bike ride and party rocked on thanks to the Rude Mechanical Orchestra (who even trailered their instruments up from the Time’s Up! space!). Special Thanks to Rich, Barbara, Judy, Curtis, Peter and everyone else who contributed. None of this would have been possible without our volunteers!
January 6th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed