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Take Bike Commuter Survey.

Matthew Ides is taking a survey.

Hub and Spokes: Imageability of the Daily Bicycle
Commuter in New York City

“In a city that is dominated by the automobile I want
to find out how its residents who use other modes of
transportation actually view the built environment.
While all forms of transit modes could be studied, I
find that this small minority (0.5% of residents who
commute by bike) would make for an interesting study.
The sole purpose is to record the subjective
perspective (mental image/imageability) New York City
bicycle commuters have of the build environment, good
or bad, through a survey. The survey is 23 questions
and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. No
compensation will be provided for participation in
this study.”

Take the SURVEY here:

more info at Hubs and spokes

Chromo Bags helps BMF

San Francisco based Chrome Bags, has come up with a clever way to help injured messengers.

Presenting their Chrome Aces deck of playing cards.

Squid from cyclehawk messengers (NYC) and Billy from Godspeed (SF), along with chrome bags helped make this project happen.

Its a deck of playing cards featuring messengers form 4 cities. The card deck is $10.00 and 100% of the proceeds go to the New York Bicycle Messenger Fund.

Hanging out at Peel Sessions warmin up for Monster Track Weekend.

The Crew of the weekly Peel Sessions under the BQE in front of the Union Pool bar.

Hirouki Shinozuka, otherwise known as “Shino” and his companion Hal are back in New York City for Monster Track weekend. It was really good seeing both of them at Prolly’s Peel Sessions under the BQE in Williamsburg. Both of these Tokyo messengers were the subject of my short film, “Track Kaiju” which I put together for the Bicycle Film festival 2007. We finally got the chance to give them DVD’s because, we finally finished the DVDs. They seemed happy and that made me relieved because it took me almost a year to finish this project.

Shino checking out the DVD.

I hoped they had as much fun in New York as we had making this movie. Mike Dee showed up for a brief appearance to welcome Hal and Shino, who we hadn’t seen in a year.

So we are pre-releasing this Monster Track Tribute DVD, tomorrow at the Gold Sprints
Party. They will be $15.00.
The Movie includes: My 20 minute short film, a 10 minute race video featuring the mastery of Lucas Brunelle and 20 minutes of interviewing with Mike Dee and Kym Perfetto before the actual race started.

There is commentary by Mike Dee and the film makers and a bunch of bonus material highlighting all the talent that goes into this big event.

Please come through and buy a copy.

Here is a little sample…a quick cut from Monster Track 2007.

Chicago Tribune article on recent city hall meeting.

From Joe Hendry of Mess Media.

City panel targets bikers, drivers

Chicago Sun-Times, March 5, 2008

By Fran Spielman, City Hall Reporter

Mayor Daley’s plan to curb motorists whose reckless driving endangers bicycle riders — with $150 fines that rise to $500 if there’s a bike crash — cleared a City Council committee today amid demands that the city do the same to cowboy cyclists.

Traffic Committee members said they’re all for throwing the book at drivers who open car doors in the path of cyclists, turn left or right in front of them or pass within three feet of their bikes.

But, they’re equally peeved about bike messengers who knock down pedestrians and about street racers who defy red lights in a mad dash to the finish line.

That’s what happened last month to 29-year-old Matthew Manger-Lynch. He was struck and killed by an SUV at Lincoln and Irving Park while competing in the “Tour da Chicago,” an “alley cat” street race in which cyclists compete with local traffic.

“One of the things that highlighted was the fact that laws should also be obeyed by the bicyclist. Here, we’re highlighting the motor vehicle obeying the law. Are we also going to insist that bicyclists obey the rules of the road,” said Ald. Bernard Stone (50th).

Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) said he has watched cyclists ride the wrong way down one-way streets, cut in and out of traffic and keep on going after causing accidents or knocking people down.

“How many of ‘em are stopping at stop lights? How many of ‘em are stopping at stop signs? How many of ‘em are putting their hands up when it’s time to make a turn? Those are serious issues … If I violate a law and I’m in my car, they take my license. Are we gonna license bicycles,” Cochran said.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said he’s all for targeting motorists to encourage people to ride their bikes to work to reduce downtown traffic congestion.

But, cyclists need to be “held accountable” as well.

“Some of our … less responsible bicycle messengers seem to have free rein over the streets in the downtown Loop area. For some of our more elderly citizens, we’ve had some close calls and, in fact, some collissions,,” Reilly said.

The city’s Bike 2015 Plan calls for new regulations against the city’s 300 bicycle messengers who make 1.1 million deliveries each year. They would be required to wear helmets and complete a city training session. Companies would be advised when messengers get tickets.

“I may have the pleasure of coming back to this committee again with an ordinance specifically related” to bike messengers, said Ben Gomberg, bike program coordinator for the Department of Transportation.

Gomberg said bicycle licensing has been studied and rejected in other cities as “administratively too difficult.”

But, he promised a summer crackdown to create a “level playing field.”

“If a bicyclist is going through a red light and endangering himself or motorists, we hope to work with the Police Department to ticket those behaviors,” he said.

Daley is an avid cyclist who once scraped the skin off his knee cap during a marathon bike ride in Michigan.

His ordinance establishes a $150 fine against motorists who endanger cyclists and $500 if the offense results in a bike crash. The same penalties would apply to double-parking in a marked lane that’s supposed to be shared between bikes and vehicles and to driving, standing and parking in a bicycle-only lane.

Tokyo FIXIE!!

I’m mad jealous of this blog Trackosaurus Rex. They are so pimpin about all the latest in art and fashion of my favorite two wheeled creation…the fixie.

Check out this Dope shizle on the Tokyo fixie scene.

Tokyo Fixed Gear

Lessons to be learned about Bogota.

So streetfilms has its third installment of a video about all of the bike friendly things going on in Bogota Colombia.

Check it out here

Hmmm just in time for Colombia to go to war with Venezuela and Equador. Hmmm I wonder who the CIA will side with in that nasty struggle. Socialist leaders who control a third of our our oil imports spouting off how Bush is the devil or Right wing military friendly Country gaining big bucks form our “never ending drug war.”

Maybe the bicycle can make everything ok.

Peace and Love.

Bike Blog

oh, and check out Street Films video on how you too can move by Bicycle.

Good idea to get on Google

this great blog: Trackosaurusrex has brought to my attention that there is this online petition going trying to get a “bike there” option added to google maps. Find out about it here.

Other events to attend next weekend

If canceling the main race of monster track has got you all bummed out…there are four other great cycling events you can attend in NYC.

March 7th:

March 8th and 9th:

March 8th:

and Sunday, March 9th:

Critical Mass 2/29/08…by Chris Ryan of Team Spider


A couple events today worth checking out

Here are a couple of events worth checking out today:

1) Grassroots media conference.

March 2nd at Hunter College.
For the past four years, we’ve explored the political dimensions of media and how it shapes our lives. In developing relationships between community and media organizations, the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition is working to re-imagine issues of access to, control of, and power over our media system. That means defining our struggle as a struggle for Media Justice.
Join us at the 2008 NYC Grassroots Media Conference as we seek to define our understanding of and relationship to Media Justice as a community, and explore how we can not only envision an ideal world, but make this vision a reality.


2) Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

Reverend Billy, the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir and the Not Buying It Band
Sunday, March 2nd | 2:00pm At the Highline Ballroom. All Ages, Lunch and Spirits Served
431 West 16th Street, New York NY 10011 | Between 9th and 10th Ave
Take the A,C,E or the L Train to 8th Ave and 14th Street
Tickets $12 at High Line Ballroom or at the door!

Rev Billy and the gang are having a fund raiser to stop the eviciction of the Carnegie artist studios.