Congestion pricing explained, sort of.

Has the debate over congestion pricing gotten you all confused? Let the clowns explain it.

Fundraiser and Party for Times Up

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

Time’s Up! Environmental Organization
New Location
73 Morton Street, NYC


I’m tired of all the Green chic bullcrap. Its time to grow up. Bikes are for kids. I am quiting bikeblog and you can find me from now on at my new blog.


Later today…Steve Klein’s 9th Annual April Fools alleycat

Does everyone know this by now?

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.

for a complete schedule check out the Time’s Up website

Turning up the heat in March. Critical Mass press conference with video footage. 3/28/08

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

Press Release:

New York, NY (March 26, 2008) – 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:

View a copy of letter to Attorney General requesting perjury prosecution: Here

Safewalk, escort people home, by bike.

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

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.

New ordinaces in Chicago towards Motorists sparks debate.

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.

Read more from this Chicago Tribune article.

March 15th, Ides of March Clown ride

“Ides of March”

Saturday, March 15th
Meet 2:30 pm at Time’s Up! Space (come at 2pm for clown makeup & props)
73 Morton Street

Motorists in the bike lane: Beware the Ides of March!

Join the Bike Clown Brigade, a troop of cyclists dressed like clowns, as they warn drivers illegally parked in Manhattan’s bike lanes.

Leaving from the new Times Up! space; the clowns will spiffy up the city’s bike lanes and issue “parking tickets” to drivers who endanger cyclists by parking cars and trucks in the bike lane.

The ride will end with an after-party at 4:00 pm at the Feedback Exhibit at the Eyebeam for a toast to the newly cleared bike lanes and safe cycling for all!

New design compeition for bicycle parking in NYC

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 NYCDOT’s commitment to increasing the number of miles of bicycle facilities, providing the City’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.

(read more on the site)