Ok, so we’ve seen clowns in the bike lane, we’ve seen polar bears on bikes, Now its time for dogs on bikes. What better way to help abandon pets in NYC who are locked up all day inside, than take them out into traffic, plunked on the front of baskets on bicycles
Get Ready for the too cute for words:
THE FIRST ANNUAL DOGGIE PEDAL PARADE.
TimeÂ’s Up! ride will highlight bicycles adapted to transport pets as well as the benefits of adopting homeless animals.
WHAT: Time’s Up! Doggie Pedal Parade WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 2 PM WHERE: Traffic island on south end of Union Square East between Broadway & 4th Ave
New York, NY (May 14, 2008) Â– On Saturday, May 17th, bicyclists will use baskets and trailers to take their dogs along for the ride in the TimeÂ’s Up! first annual Doggie Pedal Parade. The bicycle ride will demonstrate environmentally friendly ways to transport pets around the city and will include parade floats pulled by bicycles and decorated to honor selected animal rescue groups. The ride route will feature animal adoption sites and animal friendly locations.
Cyclists without dogs are encouraged to ride dressed as their favorite animals or to join the Safety Pooch Patrol to help escort the ride. Spectators are encouraged to join the cheering sections at selected points along the route, such as the Animal Haven Adoption Center at 251 Centre St, and are invited to meet at the end of the ride for snacks and drinks at a doggie celebration near the Washington Square Park dog run at Washington Square South and Sullivan Street. Fred, the dog who was adopted from the ASPCA and went on to star in the most recent Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will be signing pawtographs
To prevent any Ruff Riding and for the fun and safety of the group, non-social pets are asked to stay at home.
Supporters of the ride include ASPCA, League of Humane Voters of New York City, MayorÂ’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Rational Animal.
Here is my weekly roundup of whats going on in the bicycle blog world:
Remember tomorrow is Bike to Work day. If you have no work, tomorrow is bike to look for a job day, or bike to the local coffee shop and blog about biking to work or bike around Prospect Park, cause obviously those people are doing something right cause they can bike before work…all day long.
Squids NYC messenger company Cyclehawk posted the results of Velocity in San Francisco.
VELO CITY HELLYER 2008 RESULTS WOMEN 1) Megan 2) Dorit 3) Colleen
CITY BIKER MEN 1) Steven 2) Andres 3) Jack
MESSENGER MEN 1) Fergus 2) Deuce 3) Maurice
This was the third and final installment of the Velocity tour which is a velodrome track day where urban riders and messengers can compete to win tickets to the Cycle World Messenger Championships which are in Toronto this year…in June.
Squid and his crew, really put their heart and soul into this event and give people an amazing opportunity to compete in cycling on track bikes, where they were meant to be…the track. Check here for some pix.
Congratulations Fergus…you going to TORONTO!!
Squid Want to say THANKS to Mike and Hellyer Velodrome for volunteering your time and the track! And all the sponsors who made Velocity happen…
What, do I have to read every blog out there about biking?
Thanks to Hubs and Spokes, a very thorough blog on NYC transportation issues, I learned that the NY Times blog,
made space for us New Yorkers to Ask this guy questions. who is this guy? This clean cut dapper fellow is: Joshua Benson, the bicycle program coordinator for the Department of Transportation. I know what your thinking, the DOT has a bicycle program coordinator? Yes its true and besides having to wear a tie, you get to oversee the three year plan to extend the 200 mile bicycle network. Here are some of the answers to the questions asked.
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Why is this man so excited: A) Its bike to work day? B) Its not excitement, his Jockstrap is breaking the speed record before the rest of his body? C) he just bought a new track bike and they forgot the saddle? D) He just got tickets to the 2008 Bicycle Film Festival…of course. Thats right…you know the deal…Get your tickets early. Don’t forget, the BFF this year falls during Critical Mass weekend…knowwhatdyamean!
Here’s what you do:
1) go to the website 2) Decide what programs you wanna see. 3) Buy tickets 4) Get elated look like the guy pictured above.
Not only is it bike month, why its also Bike-to-Work week, only this time its looking a whole lot more appealing for people who just put another $50.00’s worth of gas in their tank. Even the main stream press is getting into this like CNN running this story on San Diegans biking to work to save money and loose weight. Who knew. click image for video: Unfortunately this was followed by a story of how a car plowed into a Marshalls store. Thats one way to get to work.
Not to ring some sort of self righteous bell here but it does feel pretty good to have all this positive energy about the benefits of biking for a better environment. Bike-to-work week was put together by the league of American Bicyclists , to set up during bike month and leading up to bike to work day…which is Friday the 16th.
Meanwhile the EPA has a question of the week. “To Bike or not to Bike to Work.”
There is a new scene in the fixie world, in a most unexpected place, Thailand. I’ve been to Bangkok and it really seemed that the bicycle was an alien concept and so outnumbered between the two and three wheeled masses of mopeds, motorcycles and tuk tuk’s. Its great news to see people building with the bike and forming a local scene. I’m sorry but fixed gears in Thailand…thats so hot.
They’re having an event on Saturday…drop by if you can.