Check out Diablo’s video from this years Bicycle Film Festival.
Tod Seelie of Suckapants has some great photos of this past weekend.
Well the rumors were true, controversial leader Al Sharpton came to speak to the crowd of bikers at Critical Mass and then got on a bike and rode.
No one was sure if this was actually going to happen but standing on the steps of Union Square South it was clear people had already divided into two schools of thought, which is no surprise when the Reverend Al Sharpton is involved.
But before Rev. Al could even get to the podium, a group of about 40 bikers gave the call to ride and took off West on 14th Street. Its bad enough that the cops divide us, but when we do it to ourselves, it only plays into their hands. Despite what an individual feel about the granstanding tactics of Al Sharpton, we owed it to him to speak and to try and keep the ridership of critical mass together…Thus creating a MASS. This is a truly reflective of the harassment campaign the NYPD has been so effective at, dividing the ridership and scaring people off from even attending critical mass.
Here is a bit of Al’s speech on the steps of Union Square South, from Gothamists own Jen Chung
Part of the problem was the PR war the ride is constantly fighting. This press release was sent out a few day before critical mass.
“The Rev. Al Sharpton has enlisted the help of hundreds of bicyclists to stage a traffic â€œslowdownâ€ tomorrow â€” around the time many New Yorkers are heading home for the weekend â€” to protest the Sean Bell trial verdict.”
With news like this, there was no wonder there was confusion and those who want to protect the nature of critical mass, felt it was being hijacked. Thats what critical mass is all about, different agendas, different tactics…anyone can lead it, speak about it direct it and scream…”We are all Sean Bell” at the top of their lungs. The ride must learn to work with whatever and whoever is there.
Meanwhile two groups of around 40 bikers were circling around the Union Square area while Al Sharpton was speaking to a larger crowd of about 150-200 bike riders. These groups were getting broken up by cops and many were pulled over and ticketed for vague traffic violations.
Chris Ryan was able to put together this video of Al and the ride.
I’m not sure how this will all affect the ride in the future. My hope is that people continue to come out and keep up the pressure. Maybe we can learn a lesson here that patients is a virtue, that people should stick together and ride together.
I’ve made some changes to Bike Blog so I apologize for being under construction right now. I am in the midst of experimenting with some new functionality with bike blog. I’d like to make it more of a site people can go to regularly with such features as, classifieds and a possible daily road report to alert people of changes in NYC road conditions. Just some ideas I’ve been kicking around.
So in the meantime, I managed to change the template and loose a bunch of information I had already started. Perhaps its time to switch over to wordpress.
I am constantly looking for help with this blog and technical expertise on webdesign, css and html. I am still quite a novice at all of this, so if web savvy people want to give me a shout, please let me know your out there.
I would love to discuss some ideas I have about taking this blog to the next level.
Be a part of the cycle at peace with an afternoon bike ride!
starts 11:00am, registration begins at 10:00
Start location is Central Park (enter at 110th and Adam Clayton Powell)
Family Friendly 15 mile route.
call (212) 868-5545 for more information.
Time’s Up volunteer and avid bike rider Jamie Favaro helped prove once again that the bicycle is the fastest way around town in Thursday’s Commuter Race. Transportation Alternatives held its annual event which pits together a subway, a car and a biker to find out which can get through town the fastest.
Elizabeth Press from Streetfilms was on hand and filed this video report.
Bikesnobnyc had a hilarious take on this race and decided to “unofficially” compete himself.
Here is an interview with the Jamie the winner, and he wants you all to know…this is a real interview.
The villager had an article, about Reverend Billy and his new crusade to Save Union Square from developers.
from the article:
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Wednesday, the anti-consumer activist Reverend Billy held the first of many promised â€œFirst Amend-a-thonsâ€ to protest what he branded the privatization of Union Square Park.
At recent Critical Mass rides, Reverend Billy, real name Bill Talen, joined cyclists before the rides to criticize plans to install a private, seasonal-concession restaurant in the pavilion at the north end of Union Square Park. Now that construction has begun and the north plaza has been fenced off, Billy and a group of followers descended on the plaza on Wednesday afternoon May 21 to recite the First Amendment and call for a halt to the construction.”
There will be a rally June 5th.
Denizens of New York,
WHAT: Festive Assembly to Push Back the Privatizers and Save Union Square!
Bloomberg and his cronies have a vision of New York City where parks
On June 5th, at 5:00pm, the Union Square Partnership (the schemers
To find out more, and see what more you can do visit
Enough of this Us and Them.
Check out On NY Turf.com has more details. Now get on your bike and come support Critical Mass.