TIMES UP! Dance Party at the HUB Friday April 25th, 8 p.m. 73 Morton St. W. Village, NYC
Come dance to the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, DJ Suggested D the Boom Boom Brooks Trio and celebrate TIME’S Up!’s collaboration with the HUB Station. Bicycle Fashion Show, Traffic Jam tap dancers, video by Velchrome, Olympic-size trampoline, valet bike parking and plenty of food to snack on. Sliding scale starting at $10.
This Critical Mass after-party is at 73 Morton St. in the West Village (see attached map). Spaces for environmental education programs that are offering real sustainable solutions and making change right now are extremely rare. Please come and support TIME’S UP! and the HUB. If you can’t make the party you can donate online at www.times-up.org
It just dawned on me. Maybe people have been in hibernation all winter. I don’t blame you, I’m tired of wearing rain gear and taking my fender on and off at each location. Global warming will be here soon enough and we can enjoy 105 degree humidity. But for those who don’t know, Time’s Up has moved locations.
Our favorite environmental center of skill sharing and bicycle repair workshops is now sharing space at the Hub Station.
73 Morton St. between Greenwich and Hudson st. in the lovely West Village of Manhattan.
Tuesday April 1st, Basic Repair Workshop, get ready for Spring. 6:30pm get skills on the basics of bicycle mechanics. Wednesday April 2nd, Members Repair Night, 6:30pm Thursday April 3rd, 6:30pm, Repair your bike workshop, bring in your bike for specific fixes in a friendly community environment. Friday, April 4th is the monthly Central Park Moonlight ride. Meet at Columbus Circle at 10pm for a leisurely ride through Manhattans famous park.
This Friday is the March, NYC critical Mass. The war continues. One year ago the NYPD threw down the hammer making arrests and continuing to exhibit the grudge they’ve had against this monthly event. Only one problem. We caught it all on video tape!!
There will be a press conference at Union Square North at 7:00pm
New York, NY (March 26, 2008) â€“ This Friday, March 28th, Critical Mass participants will be joined by a diverse group of videographers, artists, activists and politicians outraged over NYPD regulatory constraints on the civil liberties of New Yorkers. Prominent speakers from the community will participate in the “Still We Speak” rally to denounce the NYPD’s First Amendment abuses, including the parade permit rules which limit the number of people who can legally assemble in a public place.
Video evidence presented at the rally will show a high ranking police officer violating a federal consent decree while arresting two people documenting police activity in Times Square during the March, 2007 Critical Mass ride. The NYPD’s harassment of citizens who document police activity is a direct violation of a federal consent decree and is also prohibited by the NYPD’s own Patrol Guide. This infringement on the First Amendment rights of the camerapersons resulted in an ongoing CCRB investigation and a request to the Attorney General, US Attorney and District Attorney to bring perjury charges against the arresting Sergeant for false statements contained in the criminal complaints that were brought and dismissed against the two camerapersons.
Civil Rights Attorney, Norman Siegel will join others to demand that the arbitrary 50-person permit rule be overturned. “It does not make legal or constitutional sense and it creates an unnecessary burden and chill on First Amendment rights to peaceful protests.” says Siegel.
Rally participants will include Norman Siegel, Retired NYPD Detective Marquez Claxton of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, Christian Gutierrez, videographer arrested March 2007 and Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping Choir.
**Video recording of NYPD abuse on March 30, 2007, will be available to the press at the rally. Overview of video footage can be seen: HERE
View a copy of letter to Attorney General requesting perjury prosecution: Here
I’ve been in LA, chillin in the nice warm weather. The car culture here is pretty intense, but the bike scenes in LA and Santa Monica are really amazing. My wife and I have been seeking out the best food we can in town. My full LA report, coming soon.
Just wanted to post this about a great way to volunteer on bikes back in NYC.
Its about SafeWalk, the bike patrol program of RightRides, where volunteers escort callers to their destinations safely. The service is open to anyone and is made possible by volunteers with bikes who wear designated safety vests and are available Friday late nights. You can find more information at www.rightrides.org
There will be an information session on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 pm at 140 Metropolitan Avenue at Berry Street, Apt. 1, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Please drop by if you are a potentially interested volunteer.
In Chicago, the city council has passed new ordinances which target motorists for “dooring” cyclists. Bikers claim this as a long overdue victory but it has sparked debate about enforcement of these new laws and how it applies to cyclists behavior.
Check out this website to learn about a new design competition in NYC for bicycle parking.
From the website:
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), in partnership with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the support of Google Inc. and Transportation Alternatives, is pleased to announce an international design competition for new bicycle parking for the City of New York. As part of our effort to promote cycling as a sustainable, mainstream transportation option and in keeping with the environmental goals of PlaNYC 2030, DOT is seeking to tap the creative energy of the world design and art communities for this important element of street furniture.
The purpose of the competition is to develop functional, well-designed sidewalk racks and to generate new concepts for bicycle parking inside commercial and residential buildings. These two initiatives, in addition to NYCDOTâ€™s commitment to increasing the number of miles of bicycle facilities, providing the Cityâ€™s first sheltered bike parking stations and creating more bicycle parking at transit stations, will raise the profile of bicycling as a convenient mode of transportation in New York.