Friday, May 30th is Critical Mass. And its Bike Month.
Well it another round up of the bike blogsphere and news.
Right before bike month he had an article in Time Out in their Great Rides section for Brooklyn
And he was mentioned in this article in the nytimes about an art show in Berlin using bicycles.
The trend in fix gears has spawned blogs like bikesnob…to completely flush out the ridiculous nature of bikes becoming fashionable. Like this crap.
But, I will stay positive even when DKNY didn’t learn anything and keeps doing this.
But in really important bike news…former Talking heads front man David Byrne…are you ready for this?
Maybe David can start the “New York, I’m too Drunk to bike home Project.”
“This is not my big beautiful bike…MY GOD, What have I done?”
Speaking of treacherous roadways…no matter how drunk you get…
Forget about fixie riding hipsters making Williamsburg the new hot trendy spot, or East Williamsburg…I think its going to be Middle East Williamsburg, in the far off reaches of Afganistan. Joe Hendry at Messmedia.org sent out this article of how people are becoming bike messengers in Kabul.
Afghan mine victims proudly work as bicycle couriers
Reuters India, May 22, 2008
KABUL (Reuters) – Abdul Saboor rides his bicycle as far as 18 miles a day through the dusty streets of Kabul delivering packages. Most people might be daunted by such distances but not Saboor who peddles through the hilly streets using his only leg.
But that has not stopped Saboor from earning a living, albeit a hard one. He and his fourteen colleagues work for Afghanistan’s first and only bicycle messenger service, the Disabled Cycle Messenger Services (DCMS). They deliver letters and packages between offices in the city.
“Of course it’s hard work, even for an able bodied person,” says Saboor, leaning on his crutches.
The concept is simple and has been employed in large cities such as London and New York for many years, as cycle couriers can often guarantee a faster delivery time than other vehicles as they are not held up by traffic.
Kabul’s roads often come to a standstill due to the sheer amount of cars but also because of the numerous security barriers that have sprung up in the city which restrict the flow of traffic and are a great cause of complaint from residents.
Saboor is different from the rest of his colleagues in that he chooses not to use a prosthetic leg, opting for crutches instead. His leg was amputated high above the knee making it more difficult to use a prosthesis, he says.
“I used to use a prosthetic limb but it caused me a lot of discomfort,” he says, as one of his colleagues massages his own stump.
“We don’t have breakfast or lunch. Usually we wait and have dinner together with the family because we don’t have enough money for food,” says Saboor.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world with half of its 25 million people living below the poverty line. The country has also been hit hard by the rising global food prices.
Rumble thru the Bronx is this Saturday, May 24th. 1300.
you can preregister here.
Be sure to tune into this great site, they have weekly video podcasts of the carefree punk rock lives of cyclists and couriers in the Mile High city…
Hodari, Mike Dee and their crew due an excellent job of putting on this race which always includes a beach party afterwards on city island and amazing food by Roz. There’s nothing like home-made food after a grueling 26 mile race.
One minute your gathering for critical mass trying to figure out which guy in a giants baseball cap and red sweat band is a “plain clothes” cop. The next minute “poof.” Union square suddenly is surrounded by fences and its not just to keep a large group of people from going on a bike ride. Bad Dream? Nope just another day in the never end struggle to keep our diminishing public space out of the hands of developers and utilized for what its meant to be…p-u-b-l-i-c s-p-a-c-e.
The story is a familiar one and goes a little something like this…
Find out more information about all this at saveunionsquare2008.blogspot.com
or better yet come to a rally at 5pm Wednesday, May 21st. at Union Square South.
I try and make accurate posts, check into things…alas I made a mistake:
The artist in the post below is Chris Walker who did the Giraffe and the Vandal on the walls of Wiliamsburg.
There is a Vandal in Williamsburg…not this kind of vandal, who smashes windows to bust into your car, which I saw while riding down Roebling Street yesterday.
This is the work of legendary street artist from Bristol U.K, Banksy. Most famously known for this piece in Brighton of two cops making out.
More of his work can be scene here:
I guess proximity is also playing a role in these street artists affairs. Shepard Fairy, the obey guy who started by placing Andre the Giant has a posse stickers all over the world, has parled his work into a major operation. His street team is still at it and I noticed these two pieces in the hood on my little impromptu street art exploration.
Zipcar, the hip car rental company, asked the artist in a news letter if he wanted to get involved in some cross-promotion. Why? cause he put up his art near where people pick up zip cars? He could just as easily do something for King Kog, the bike shop in which he put this piece up. Seems like he’s more down with a better environment and focusing our dependence on oil with art like this on Broadway, near Union Square.
Now remember this is “ART,” and not your repetitive random graffiti tagging which the Mayor will send his clean up team for.
Banksy had a nice comment on graffiti removal…Photo by Greenwood100 from flickr
Oh and more importantly… A random fixed gear bicycle
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
WHAT: Time’s Up! Doggie Pedal Parade
New York, NY (May 14, 2008) Â– On Saturday, May 17th, bicyclists will use
Cyclists without dogs are encouraged to ride dressed as their favorite
To prevent any Ruff Riding and for the fun and safety of the group,
Supporters of the ride include ASPCA, League of Humane Voters of New York
**Doggie Pedal Parade FAQ:
**Photos of DOGS ON WHEELS – sample of what you will see on Saturday’s ride: