Reverend Billy was in Union Square…I mean in it.

Reverend Billy did a small protest to bring attention to the construction in Union Square that has been halted by a court order.

Events for Bike Month–DAY 2

1) Queens Beer Garden Ride

Friday, May 2, 2008
Bohemian Beer Garden, 24th Ave. at 29th St., Astoria

Join Queens’ riders for a bite to eat (and maybe a drink?) at the Bohemian Beer Garden before heading off to experience the Time’s Up! Central Park Moonlight Ride. We’ll depart from Astoria at about 9pm for the 10pm start at Columbus Circle.
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 12:00 PM
T.A. Queens Committee
Fax: 508 916-7863
Getting there: N, W train to Astoria Blvd.

2) Central Park Moonlight Ride

Friday, May 2, 2008
Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th St., and Central Park West)
A fun, relaxing, auto-free ride through Central Park at the height of the spring bloom. The Moonlight Ride highlight’s the waterways, vistas, and structures in the park at a magical time of night. Now in its 14th year, the Moonlight Ride rolls on the first Fridayof the month year-round.
Start Time: 10:00 PM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Getting there: A, B, C, D, 1, train to 59th St.-Columbus Circle

Bike Month starts…MAY 1st.

Here are the official events for Day 1:

+++Fix Your Own Bike Workshop
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Time’s Up! (West location) at the Hub Station, 73 Morton St. (Hudson and Greenwich St.) in the West Village, Manhattan.

Open shop–you use our tools and stands to work on your bike. Experienced mechanics will be present to answer questions, but you do the work.
Getting there:
1 train to Christopher; A, C, E, B, D, F to West 4th St.

+++Emile “RSVP” Wateufel Road Race
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Woodfern School, Hillsborough, New Jersey
3 lap handicap road race

Start Time:
6:00 PM-12:00am
Century Road Club of America

Thursday, May 1, 2008
Loeb Boathouse in Central Park or 10:30 AM at Broadway Bridge, Manhattan

MacEachron Park is located on the Hudson River in the charming historic town of Hastings-on-Hudson. Bring a good working bicycle with tires inflated to the appropriate psi, a bicycle pump, 2 spare inner tubes, a helmet, 2 bottles of water, lunch or moneyfor it.

9:30 AM-4:30PM

The Weekday Cyclists in NYC
Getting there:
6 train to 77th St.

+++Brooklyn Critical Mass
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park
Brooklyn Critical Mass takes place the second Friday of each month at 7:00 PM, starting from two locations: (1) at the north entrance to Prospect Park, by Grand Army Plaza, and (2) at the Brooklyn end of the Williamsburg, near the statue of George Washington. There are no leaders. Bicyclists, rollerbladers, skateboarders and all muscle-powered transportation is welcome.

Start Time:
7:00 PM-11:30pm

Getting there:
Grand Army Plaza

Bike Punk show Saturday.

Saturday May 3rd.

Get ready for the D.O.T. "sustainable streets"…just in time…for 2030?

I hate to be the ultimate cynic, but its really hard to get excited about the D.O.T’s new plans which are supposed to be finished by 2030. Wow, I’ll be 60 years and in desperate need of bike lanes if not a walker. At least they are doing something over there in the shadow of the congestion pricing defeat.

Just days before bike month the Department of Transportation has unveiled their 72 page plan on how to make the streets safer and create more infrastructure for bikes and public transportation.

Here is the flashy graphic filled plan for, “Sustainable Streets”

and here is a video from streetfilms of Janette Sadik-Kahn, NYC DOT Commissioner, annoucing the plan at the Municipal Art Society.

Here is Brian Lehrer having a love in with Paul Steeley White, executive director Transportation Alternative, on Wednesday’s show, talking about the new sustainable streets plan.

To be fair, the D.O.T. is taking an aggressive role on making positive sustainable changes to NYC for pedestrians and bikers. Hopefully the NYPD will cooperate.

Video that rates your lock up.

Clarence Eckerson, Jr. of Streetfilms recently made a video about two critics who are out to jack your bike. Well, there out to point out how easy, or not it would be to steel your ride or parts of it.

Hal Ruzal, top notch bike mechanic at Bicycle Habitat knows a few things about locking bikes and along with Kerri Martin, founder of the bicycle church, they’re out to see if people have learned a thing or two from the last time they did this in 2003.

May 3rd…New Haven.

T-Town Swap Meet is Saturday.

The East Coast’s largest bicycle swap meet is this Saturday May 3rd. in Trexlertown Pennsylvania.
The 6th annual Spring Bicycle Swap Meet will be held at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center on Saturday, May 3! Celebrate at our German themed event while browsing the best deals in cycling and fitness merchandise. This event will run from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is open to the public for a small fee of $5. Enjoy festive German themed food and drinks along with our traditional fare at the Breakaway Cafe located in the Cycling Center VeloPlaza.

Check here for directions.

Lord of the Chain Rings

Tod of suckapants sent me a link to this video:

Ah, exciting times…Bike Month is just around the corner!

First off, On Sunday, I saw this bike in Park Slope on 5th Ave. Who’s bike is that? Seriously tall, nice work.

Ok, May is almost here and that means:

Lots of great bike events including this thing called Critical Mass, that the D.O.T. seems to sponsor, because once again its in the Bike Month Calender.

So this month when you’re on critical mass and the scooter cop is giving you a hassle about needing permits, just quote them this blurb from the bike month website:

“Bike Month celebrates the fun, convenience and ease of cycling in NYC. Cycling is good for you, good for the environment and good for New York City. Whether you are one of the city’s 120,000 everyday cyclists, a weekend cyclist or just thinking about bicycling to work, Bike Month has an event for you.”

All kidding aside, lets really try and make the MAY “Bike-Month” Critical Mass a Big one!

So I have some good news and some bad news…The good news is that it looks like a city in America is going to kick off a bike sharing program starting in May. (did I mention that was bike month) Washington DC is the spot and you can read about it here in this NY times article which came out in Sunday’s paper, written by Bernie Becker.

Photo by Ed Alcock for the New York Times.

The bad news is, much like the very successful bike sharing program in France, which the DC one is modeled after…someone has to pay for this and that generally means through advertising of a major corporation.

The even worse news is in DC, its sponsored by: Clear Channel, who monopolizes our airwaves with watered down top 40 and supports Right-Wing politicians…Oh yeah and they banned the Dixie Chicks when they spoke out against the war. But somehow they like bicycles…or is it money! Clear Channel, just so happens to own 90% of our outdoor advertising. Hopefully you see where I am going with this. Here is a simple equasion. They like A and they control what you see…they don’t like B, therefore you don’t see B.

Why can’t this be sponsored by the city who believes in something like this: Cycling is good for you, good for the environment and good for “Fill-in-the-Blank” City.

Here is a blog that has been doing a lot of work covering Bike sharing around the world and what is starting to happen here in America.