Image from coverage of G8 summit on UK Indymedia.org I don’t know what all the fuss is about the world’s leaders coming together to decide the fate of the world at the G8 Summit. I mean just cause OUR leader is a moron with the lowest approval rating ever. They have minor differences such as the severity of global warming and which countries get to put nuclear weapons where and fund genocide in Darfur. But we are all united with rockstars like Bono who make everything ok as long as we focus on poverty in Africa. I mean when you think of stopping the murder of dark skinned people in the world…George W. Bush and Dr. Condoleezza Rice sure do come to mind.
Check out this article from the Independent on Bono’s whims.
I know…stick to ranting about bike issues. But everyone needs a little riotporn now and then, like when 10,000 demonstrators shut down access to the 33rd annual G8 summit which is being held at the Kempinski Grand Hotel in Heiligendamm in the old Duchy of Mecklenburg in the Northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the Baltic Coast. Its lovely there this time of year and each room has free HBO and porn channels so George W. Bush can get some relaxation when not doing photo shoots.
Meanwhile…Bike month may be over in NYC and the cops are stealing bikes, but in Sunny Portland Oregon…bike month is just underway.
“Bike month is over…break out the circular saws…” says the blog on NYTurf.
Last Wednesday, cops decided having bikes locked up on East 6th street was a huge public nuisance and took it upon themselves to remove locked bikes. Some might call this theft and continual harassment of the bike community making people feel its generally illegal to operate or lock up a bike in NYC.
info from Time’s Up.
“Witnesses state that without any prior notice, the NYPD used circular saws to cut the locks off of about 50 bicycles on 6th street and allowed people to walk up and take bicycles without showing any proof of ownership. The NYPD then took away approximately 15 of the bicycles in an unmarked van. Bikes locked to D.O.T. bike racks were also seized. In at least one case, the NYPD sawed through a $100 lock even as the bike’s owner showed the police her key to open the lock.
Cinematographer Robert Carnevale was arrested while videotaping the bike raid after he asked one of the officers for his name. Carole Vale, a nurse observing the scene, was also arrested when she asked why Mr. Carnevale was being detained. Mr. Carnevale was held for 22 hours and Ms. Vale was held for 13 hours.”
According to Time’s Up! there appears to have been a bike sweep last Wednesday Night in which Police clipped the locks and confiscated bikes along a whole block.
The bikes were on 6th Street between 1st avenue & 2nd avenue were allegedly taken by the police without notice. Time’s Up! says they have received phone calls and emails from four witnesses. Time’s Up! says the first witness to contact them said the police allegedly clipped her lock even when she approached the police and offered to unlock the bike. Time’s Up! and civil rights attorney’s are interested in hearing from other witnesses or anyone who had their lock clipped or their bike disappear. You can email Time’s Up! at email@example.com
At this time the Police do not seem to have posted any warnings or notices to alert bikers not to chain up on the block. Time’s Up says they canvased the street Friday and did not see any notices. There were mixed reports why Police might have confiscated the bikes – one reason heard was that the bikes were chained to public property. Another was that the community board had complained bikes are an eye sore and that bikes were even taken from bike racks. In any case, in general, it is a violation of the 4th amendment to seize property in this manner.
Again Time’s Up is interested in hearing from witnesses or if you had your bike taken Wednesday night from 6th street.
Police Arrest Witness According to Time’s Up a witness was also arrested Wednesday night who was attempting to video tape the confiscations. Time’s Up says it is reviewing raw footage today. As soon as that video is available it will be posted here.
He was arrested after asking for the officer’s name.
Saturday, the 2nd, was a pick up alleycat from Columbus Circle to Tompkins Square Park. The main purpose of this race was to put 4 helmet cameras on fast riders and then to project all four of these views at the same time on four seperate screens. Info on the screening will be coming up. Felipe won the race (of course) and most of the riders completed it in about 11 minutes…thats fast. Try it some time and remember there were two checkpoints.
Yatika tries on helmet. Ken (in the batman t-shirt) the race organizer. helmet cam wearers-Yatika, Cali, Pablo and Chris. The start 1 The start 2 The start 3
Sunday, the 3rd was the 3rd annual Tour De Brooklyn, hosted by Transportation Alternatives. See I don’t just post about messenger events. It was a fun ride through Brooklyn, although we did break out and go for pizza at coney island. DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, spoke and went on the ride. She’s down with bikes.
Every Thursday Time’s Up has been having free screenings of environmental and bike related movies. Now its time for you to bring in yours.
This Thursday, May 31st. at the Time’s Up space in Manhattan…49 East Houston…as if you don’t know. Starts around 8:00pm
If people want to screen a short tomorrow nite, they should arrive by 6:30 to 6:45 p.m., so we can figure out technical details and make the schedule. Bike shorts should be from 1 to 10 minutes long. DVD format would be great but we can also play from a laptop and i believe we can even handle Hi8.
check here for calander of other fun Time’s Up events.
May 30th, 2007 | Category: General | Comments are closed
“Portland messengers fared well at the North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC) this past weekend in San Francisco.
Local track racer and messenger Zak Kovalicik took home the coveted â€œFixie Kingâ€ crown for having the fasted fixed gear finish in the main race. According to read Bjorn Warloe, who attended the event, it was Kovalicikâ€™s second time as fastest fixie rider.
And it was an all-Portland final in the bike polo tournament, with the team of Mason, Drew, and C Murder taking home the top prize.
A group of Portlanders used the NACCC as an excuse for a bike tour. Reader Tom Rolf rode his fixed gear down to Rickreall, Oregon (a small, country town just west of Salem) to send them off. Check out his photos here.
So we are taking a beating at Critical Mass here in NYC and we need to talk about it. Better than myspace…I found ning. This is a cool free service that allows you to build your own social network just like Myspace, only not owned by Fox mogul, Rupert Murdoch…yet. I created nyc critical mass ning as a place where like minded individuals can discuss critical mass, how to change it, what to try, what to avoid…etc.
Right now the site is private and people need to be invited to join. My goal is to build a network of people, like myspace, to specifically talk about nyc critical mass.
If you would like to be involved goto the ning site and join up.
I know this site is rough right now, but I will work on improving it.