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Queens is keeping it movin, on bike.


Streetfilms was on the scene showing how the people of Queens get around by bike.

video here

Confessions and corrections


Damn, raining all day and I can’t replant my lawn or the begonias we bought at the Farmers market.

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.
artbymags.com

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.

Obama spoke cards…Obama likes bikes


Hey, this guy in LA is making Obama spoke cards
just sayin,
you can buy them for ONE AMERICAN DOLLAR.

Meatwater


When your out riding your bike in traffic you need a fresh drink to cool your jets. To dispel the fact that we bikers are not a bunch of vegan tree-huggers, there is a new drink series that “meats” our needs.

MEATWATER

made with dirty hotdog water…mmmm.

New Bike boutique in L.E.S.–Chari & Co.

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.

There will be an opening party on Sunday.

Bike month calender. This weekend. Bicycle Fetish Day and more…

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:
Start the day off right with a good breakfast

Commuter Breakfast
7-9am
FREE
Hudson River Greenway at 66th St. Manhattan (now they list bus and subway routes here but isn’t this bike month?)

Central Park Loop Road West at 72nd St.
Bike to work from the Upper West Side and enjoy breakfast goodies from your friends with the Upper West Side Street Renaissance Campaign. (what about my breakfast of champions…cigarettes and little chocolate donuts)
(This streets renaissance project looks a lot like Streetsblog. How many of these projects do they have going?)

Prospect Park Traffic Calming Ride
Friday May 9th 6-7pm
Grand Army Plaza
Traffic calming ride supporting a car-free Prospect Park.
brought to you by Time’s Up

Tony’s Bicycle Repair workshop

They’rrrreeee Great!!

Not that Tony,
Friday May 9th 8-9:30pm
Free RSVP
Astoria…
This has no address and says you were supposed to RSVP by May 4th…so thats not GRREEEEAT and who the hell is Tony anyway?

Ok now it gets even more confusing.
I believe Brooklyn Critical Mass is Friday May 9th…it is online listed as being last Thursday. Is this some sort of disinformation campaign? Brooklyn Critical Mass is always on the second Friday of the month so lets assume it is. Maybe Tony will be there.

Meet at two locations in Brooklyn 7pm. 1) option-Grand Army Plaza.
2) that park at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn. 7pm

Saturday, May 10th.

Upper West Side
Mom and Me Ride
Sat. May 10th 9am-12pm
FREE
Riverside Park Volunteer House, near Riverside Drive at West 107th
Celebrate Mother’s Day on a bicycle. Gather up the kids for a relaxing, family-friendly ride through Riverside Park.

Prospect Park Moonlight Ride
May 10th, 9-11pm
Time’s Ups does this event a lot and its a beautiful way to see Prospect Park, at night.

Meet at Grand Army Plaza

Bike to Shea Day
9:45-4pm Game is at 1:10pm
Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway Underhill Ave and Washington Ave.
$8.00

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
10am-3pm
Staten Island Ferry, Manhattan
John Chapman leads a tour of the cultural icons to be found on the island.

BICYCLE FETISH DAY
Saturday May 10th
12pm-6pm
Havemeyer St. and Grand St. Williamsburg Brooklyn

The get a permit and block of the street for a good time brought to you by the “http://cityreliquary.org/”> City Reliquary Museum

4th Annual Bike Fetish Day
It’s a street fair for your bicycle! Show off your ride and revel in the beauty of all types, styles, and genres of specialized, customized and personalized bicycles. Contests throughout the day include: Best in Show, Best Vintage, Best Hand-made, Best Chopper, Best Small Wheel (includes foldable bikes), Wheelies, BMX tricks, Track Bike Tricks, Heaviest Bike, Ugliest Bike, and more…

Small-Wheeled Bike Race
Sat. May 10th 1-1:45pm
Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, 72nd St. overlooking the fountain.
Spin your little wheels. Prizes offered. 20-inch wheels max. Spectators encouraged. After the race a group ride down the greenway to the start of the fold ups ride…
Times Up.

Folds Up Folding Bike Ride
Sat. May 10th 2-4pm
Start at west 23rd St. and Hudson River Greenway. End/festival at Stuyvesant Cove Park, East 23rd St. and East River.
This event by Times Up is a place to show off your fold up bike and check out the options of others. All types of bikes are welcome. Test ride the bikes.

Here are some events not listed anywhere.


Friday, May 10th
Workshop on how not to get Scamed/Vigilante Street Justice
Tiger Shulman Karate School
145 East 23rd St. Manhattan
Learn some street savy skills on how not to lend your bike with Judo expert and film star Dirk Johnstone.
You might remember him from Napoleon Dynamite.
Learn some basic self-defense and how not to be intimidated by seemingly nice people who ask to check out your bike. Learn how to be a more entrusting and paranoid New Yorker and think everything is a scam. Well isn’t it? Huh? You talking to me…

Friday, May 9th,
Bruce Smolka Legacy Tour
8:00am-12pm
Meet at 1 Police Plaza

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.

Saturday, May 10th
12pm-1pm
Tony’s Dismantle a bike Workshop
Tony’s Mystery bike shop-Astoria

Learn the fine craft of making your bike look street savy. Take it apart, Gunk it up, wrap it inner tubes. Make it look mean.

Sunday, May 11th, 2:00pm

Great Lecture series…at the Earning Annex.
467 Broadway. Crooklyn

From best selling author of: How you can make and sell Meth and Winning big on wall and any street.
David will give a 1 hour lecture on how to get paid with bikes.

Just listen to this testimonal from: Thief X
“David’s book helped me really focus my life. After reading it and buying his twelve part dvd series, I can get people to just hand me their bikes…I just got one the other day with some really silly green wheel…I just threw it out, I had so many bikes.”

Sean Bell Protest video from Chris Ryan

Here is a video Chris Ryan made from the Sean Bell protests yesterday…

Another Stolen bike.

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.”

good luck.

Bike Month…the love affair continues.

Photo and report from streetsblog.org (doctored by me)

Bike month is officially kicked-off this week…so says NY1 news. For a news agency owned by a gigantic corporation like Time/Warner they sure don’t get much of the budget. They spend a lot of time reading headlines out of other people’s newspapers, thats when you know they’re cheap. Regardless they had a piece on the on-going love affair with Transportation Alternatives head honcho Paul Steely White and D.O.T. commissioner Janet Sadik-Kahn, or as Bikesnob tells us…the Wrath of Sadik-Kahn.

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.

photo by: Robert Stolank for the New York Times
Article published May 4th, 2008
written by: Colin Moynihan.

There is also a nice video here for people too busy to read and too busy to have New York One read to you.

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:

Tim:
Sunday, May 04, 2008
My Secret Shame

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.

Bikeblog:
Ok, why is this a secret? Do you really wish you could be down with bikers and are slightly ashamed that you are just another mundane schmo who dreams of having rebellious freedom while reducing the impact of global warming on the environment. Thats what all the cool people are doing in Williamsburg. I dunno whats going on in backward Philly.

Tim:
Bicyclists drive me nuts. In Philadelphia, as in cities across this great country, bicyclists routinely flout the law, riding on the sidewalk when it’s convenient and holding up traffic in the street whenever possible. I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen a bicyclist at a stop sign or even a red light, or wait behind a car that is correctly stopped at such an intersection. Instead, the man or woman on the bicycle will weave between parked, stopped, and moving cars to gain a fractional advantage. Yet if an automobile so much as grazes a bicycle lane, all hell breaks loose.

Bikeblog:
Bicyclists no more routinely flout the law then every other citizen who…talks on their cell phone while driving (NYC) or jaywalks or has nasty thoughts about George W. Bush, (oh wait, that’s not illegal…yet) This is reality. We break the law, we co-exist…I mean how else do you expect to get your Chinese food? Its not like you’d dare walk to the store and get it. And UH…lets exaggerate a little more. “holding up traffic in the street whenever possible? How does one bike hold up traffic? Bikers never hold up traffic, cars do an excellent job of doing that all on their own.
Philadelphia is not Las Vegas or Miami…its a pretty bike friendly town and most experienced rider use the street. They are probably riding on the sidewalk because some Eagles fan is double parked in his Hummer while stuffing their face with a philly cheese steak from racist Gino’s. Remember to order in English.

Tim:
Yes, I know that an automobile bears greater mass, velocity, and force than a bicycle and that the consequences of a motorist’s mistake almost always outweigh those of a bicyclist’s. But come on. Half of these people on bikes are just jerks. I’m especially bothered as a pedestrian, since half the time my sidewalk winds of becoming an impromptu bicycle lane. If my wife, baby, and I are walking two abreast, or worse, walking with a stroller, we wind up getting clipped or shoved aside by some jerk in a bike helmet who won’t or can’t ride on the street.

Bikeblog:
Do you walk around with a target on your body? Why are bikers always clipping you or coming into physical contact with you? Are you 500lbs wide? How often do you verbally tell bikers to get on the street? Or do you bottle it all up inside and unleash it in your blog. But hey half of us are all jerks anyway.

Tim:
And please, spare me the spasms of virtue. I know it feels good to move around the city under your own power, and to tend and care for a shiny object. And you have your own catalogs with gear and shirts and knee pads or whatever. But there isn’t anything virtuous about what you’re doing. You want virtue? Ride the subway, or the number 13 trolley. D.on’t get all holier-than-thou with people who drive or ride in cars just because they’ve chosen the most technologically advanced form of transportation available to the average citizen. Yes, cars have problems. Yes, parking stinks. Yes, we need to think more about global warming. But you are exactly 2/10 of a nose hair away from the occasional driver in terms of your carbon footprint, so cool your jets, bike boy.

Bikeblog:
Technologically advanced? Why because you spend so much time in traffic? Pollute the planet while you loose time looking for a place to park in spaces that could fit ten times the amount of bikes. And you run on a fuel that is run out and the source of so many conflicts across the globe. Sounds advanced? 2/10th of a nose hair…Bike Boy. Ok Massa. Who are you talking about? Is this someone who specifically keeps bumping into you and your family? Or just half of all us boy-jerks?

Tim:
In case you’re wondering why I’m suddenly dumping on people who ride bikes around the city, the occasion or pretext is this article in the New York Times. Here are some of the outrages:

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.

“It’s kind of scary because the cars next to you just keep going,” said Mr. Frederick, 49, a messenger who lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. “The city just put this lane in a few months ago, but it’s not respected by drivers.”

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 naïve 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.

Bikeblog:
HELLO TIM! Parking in the bike lane is ILLEGAL. Stop blaming the victims for problems of the automobile with no efficient infrastructure, because we spend all of our money on clusterbombs instead of fixing 100 year outdated things like bridges, roads and streets. Putting a fake flyer on a car is not vandalism anymore then the hundreds of catalogs I get from companies like L.L.Bean and Victoria Secret every day in my mailbox. It is also not impersonating an officer. Why do you think bicyclists are the source of all your problems? Did you not get that shiny big wheel for Christmas that one year and its scared you for life?

Tim:
Ten years later, Mayor Edward I. Koch became frustrated when bike lanes that he had built on main thoroughfares like Fifth Avenue and Broadway, which were separated from motor vehicles by asphalt islands, were criticized by drivers and pedestrians and, even worse, ignored by many cyclists. As a result, he ordered that the islands be removed.

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.

Bikeblog:
So, I guess your trying to be cute now. Hmmmm. NOt funny.

What in the world is going on with bikes?

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.

This Saturday are two events in NYC.

1) Harlemageddon Alleycat
Uptown.

Saturday, May 10th 2008
Marcus Garvey Park
12:30pm reg.
1:30pm race

Here are the checkpoints in advance…so start studying the maps

155th st underneath riverside dr
grant’s tomb
126 W 139th
Seaman Ave & Cumming St
Highbridge park
Flagpole at cloisters
Underneath the Henry Hudson Bridge
600 E 125th st
Abandoned boat in hudson next to henry hudson parkway (entrance on dykman)
Harlem Meer
Rat pack spot

Here are the prize sponsors:
Prizes from:
Mer Bags
Reload
Mishka
Afinity Bikes
Trackstar
DQM
Cyclehawk
Keirin Culture
Cane Creek
Visitor Design
Taliah Lempert
…and more!

Also on Saturday:

2) the 1st Annual LIC Bike Parade
(Rain or Shine)
11:30am: registration Begins 12pm-3pm Workshops
Decorate your bike with artists from Socrates Sculpture Park, Free Style Arts Association, Materials for the Arts and the Noguchi Museum; ride safety tips and helmet fitting with Bike New York and Transportation Alternatives; bike repairs with Recycle-a-bicycle.

3:00pm-4:00pm THE PARADE
Line up with the Hungry March Band, performers from Circus Amok, City Reliquary and the Civic Riders Bicycle Club and join the parade from Socrates Sculpture Park to Queensbridge Park.

Socrates Sculpture Park is at 32-01 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11106