Archives, going to go out and play

I found out this cool site for things going on in NYC, not that you needed more places to find places to go to. And not that you needed more facebook like networks to join.

I dig it, so check out

This is where I learned about:

This weekends Come out and Play festival.

Hosted by Blue stockings bookstore, this is a whole weekend of fun events around NYC such as turning the lower east side into a miniature golf course.
(here is the bike related part of this post, in case you were wondering if bikeblog has gone off on another random tangent)

Sunday, June 7th. 3pm

Come Out & Play 2008 in New York

Bike Friendly City
Pimp and build bike lanes for points and cred.

Start Time: Sunday 3 PM
Starting Location: Sara D Roosevelt Park by the basketball courts at the corner of Houston St and Forsyth St
# of players: 12-60
Duration: 1-2 hours
URL: (the have their own website so more events may be coming)
Designers: Catherine Herdlick

Part scavenger hunt, part guerilla art, and part bike race, Bike Friendly City is a game that arms teams with spray chalk and stencils to defend and create a pimped-out biker-friendly city. Play in the bike lanes and explore the streets in ways only an urban biker can appreciate!

The games was inspired by a passion for urban cycling and frustration with things that make that activity scary for the less adventurous. Run three times in 2007, the game has brought together individuals from different bicycle sub-cultures to play nice in our lanes (in a safe way!).

The Rules
Bike Friendly City is an urban street game that invites you to playfully explore existing bike lanes and imagine what our city would be like if we had more of them!

Teams of players compete to get the most points before time runs out. Points are earned by getting codes from city bike lanes and building new bike lanes on designated blocks. Bike Lanes’ points are defended by teams by “pimping” the bike lanes with stencils and spray chalk, effectively covering up the codes so that other teams can’t get and use them too

In case you were wondering.

Just how bad it is out there…This is from Yesterday at a gas station on the East Side (23rd and FDR) in Manhattan.

Bike Path, video by Kalim Armstrong

Bike Path from Kalim Armstrong on Vimeo.

June 6th, 7th and 8th…Classic Bicycle Swap

the 11th Annual Cirque du Cyclisme is this weekend in Leesburgh, Virginia.

more info, visit the website

Al Sharpton in the Villager

Jefferson Siegel filled this report on Al Sharpton’s Mass Appeal.

Bell protesters come full cycle, join Critical Mass

By Jefferson Siegel

For a little while, it seemed like a Critical Mass from the “old” days. Cyclists filled the south end of Union Square for the first time in more than a year, gathering on the last weekday of Bike Month for a pre-ride rally while police stood by on the sidelines.

The rally, organized by Freewheels, the bicycle defense fund, featured a special guest: Reverend Al Sharpton and members of Sean Bell’s family joined riders to speak out against the mass ticketing of cyclists and the fatal police shooting of Bell.

The entire article here

Union Square banner drop.

Oh those pesky New Yorkers. Will they never be satisfied? Just because they want to take historic landmarks and chop down 80year old trees to expand a private restaurant that nobody went to.

Such is the current fate of Union Square.

Check out this latest video from Team Spider.

Bike Shortage?

Is this really true?

from streetsblog

All I know is I passed a gas station the other day in Brooklyn and it was $4.34 for premium…

Animal NY, great blog

One of my favorite websites is: Animal New York,

and I’m not just saying that cause they did a piece about me…ok, sort of.

They’ve also got a piece on Critical “Al Sharpton” Mass too.

More on Sharpton Mass

Another video from Al Sharpton on Critical Mass from Peter Shapiro:

Daily news article.

So I would love to get people’s opinion about this. Some of you have already sounded off.

1) was Al Sharpton’s participation in Critical Mass helpful or counter productive for drawing attention to the 4 year harassment campaign of the bike ride?

2) How can we build upon the what happened with the May Critical Mass and have a more unified ride in June?

Who is Rob Mackey?

A 41 year old journalist who is training for a one day event of the Tour De France.

“Play Magazine, which covers endurance sports and adventure travel, presents a blog by Robert Mackey, an amateur cyclist who will ride a mountain stage of the Tour de France in July.”

Check out his progress at the Time’s latest blog, The Climb