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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

TIME’S UP! BIKE LANE LIBERATION RIDE & AFTER-PARTY
“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)

Milwaukee Messenger Invitational

If your in Milwaukee this weekend…

Velocity Round up

Photo by Dave August

So who won tickets to the cycle messenger world championships in Toronto you ask?

For the ladies:

Alissa Eberle

and for the Men:

Andrew Toews.

Congratulation’s.

This was part of Sunday’s Monster Track Weekend, The 3rd annual Velocity Tour hosted by Kevin “Squid” Bolger of Cyclehawk Couriers.

Some more race results:

Velo City NYC 2008 Results
# City Bikers Women Team
382 Lauren Kung Cambridge Bicycle
10 Heidi Goodson Comedy Central
24 Brittlee Bowman N/A

# Messenger Women Team
43 Alissa Eberle N/A

# City Biker Men Team
390 Tadeusz Marszalek Sommerville Sports
46 Luke Stiles DART
40 Alex (Marius Farioletti) Affinity

# Messenger Men Team
23 Andrew Toews N/A
17 Dan Chabanov Six Racing
7 Shusaku Shiroyamu Six Racing

This is a velodrome series that gives hard working couriers a chance to take their track bikes to a place they were meant to go and try for tickets to the CMWC, which happens to be in Toronto this year.

It was also open to city riders, opening up lots of opportunity for people to test out their skills on the track out in Kissena Queens.

Next stop: Los Angeles April 10th and San Francisco May 10th

Yoshi from Fatlace’s Blog


Yoshi from Fatlace wrote this report on hanging with Sino and Hal from Tokyo, in town for Monster Track Weekend.

Thanks for the kind words about my DVD.

Check it: Here

So thats what happened to Sino in the race.

Two cool ads from London on Bike awareness

Loyal bikeblog reader Josh Kalin sent me two links to bicycle awareness PSA’s done by the city of London Transport.


here is one where the bike lanes come to life.

and here is another. (make sure to watch this till the end…and pay attention.

Thanks Josh.

Quick Quiz–Bike Porn

Which is Bike Porn?

1) This Guy

or this:

2)

Well, they both are…depending on how much money you got. One is a Hillbilly version of Gunter…sexy! Our own Ken rocking the mesh shirt for Rumble thru da Bronx.

The other is a screening of a series of short films by Reverend Phil for Portland.

the blog about the tour.

March 22nd.
Chashama
217 East 42nd St.
New York, NY. 10017

On Saturday, March 22nd 2008, The Pornography of the Bicycle will be three screenings
> for one night only. 7, 9 and 11pm. $6.00.

The 90-minute showing will consist of 28 short films from a
> variety of artists across the west coast on the theme of “bike porn.”
> The movies range from the contemplative to the inventive, to the
> [ahem] fully demonstrative.
>
> The curator of the program, Reverend Phil, will also be on-hand to
> discuss the philosophy and nature of bike porn in more intimate
> detail.
>
> “Pornography is difficult thing to define,” says bicycle pornographer,
> Reverend Phil. “Often we use a community standard to decide what is
> obscene as opposed to just erotic. People often say, ‘I know
> pornography when I see it.’ I feel pornography is the visceral
> reaction we get from something that is so graphic that we must turn
> away, or is so graphic that we cannot turn away.”
>
> The various artists, some operating under pseudonyms, take us though a
> range of videos — most of which are not available anywhere else. No
> DVDs of the work are available for sale; barely any works are on the
> Internet. This is your only chance to see The Pornography of the
> Bicycle in New York City.
>
>
> Please be advised of adult content: 18 and over only, please.
>

Article in Time out Sydney

Article in Time Out Sydney showing off the courier community.

Habitat: The streets of Sydney’s CBD
Dress: Shorts, satchel, two way radio
Credo: “Get out of the f***ing way”

Any job that requires you be impervious to insults, near misses with pedestrians, broken bones, dislocated joints and face-scraping grazes is no run of the mill crust-earner.

Unsurprisingly, bike couriers don’t brag about their injuries. They take pride in avoiding accidents. “Pedestrians are by far the greatest hazard to urban cyclists. My biggest fear is being knocked off my bike by a jaywalking pedestrian then going under a bus or truck,” says Simon ‘Shifty’ McKenzie.

From time to time, angry drivers take aim, but most messengers are circumspect about road rage. “Taxi drivers pull u-turns in front of you and don’t indicate. People swing their car doors open without looking. We all have to deal with the same dangers every day. We’re brothers in arms,” says Shifty.

“Taxis and buses have issues with us as we do them but it still amazes me how much good a friendly wave or apology can do.”

Sometimes things boil over. One courier had his revenge: “I once stole the keys out of a car that cut me off and threw them down a drain. I can assure you it’s difficult to reach in, turn the key and remove them from an occupied car.”

After work, couriers congregate near the old Post Office on George Street at Martin Place, standing around with Coopers and a rollie in hand, talking about their bikes. “This isn’t a job you choose,” Shifty says. “Usually it’s a job you get into because it looks cool or because you may have trouble getting another job. For a job with no qualifications it beats the hell out of flipping burgers or pouring beers.”

Tribal site www.cycling.org.au

Alleycat in DC on March 15th


This Saturday in Washington D.C.
“THE DARKSIDE ALLEYCAT”

3pm the games begin:

Competitions start at 3PM and will consist of:

~ Trackstands

~ Footdown

~ Alleycat race at 4PM

Location of competitions and start of alleycat TBA

~After event party with live bands to be held at the Red and the Black at 1212 H st NE, Wash. DC, time TBA

Bands:

The Screws

Unabombers

Angry Youth

DJ Evil

CA$H PRIZES, SWAG

PRIZE CATEGORIES:

1ST PLACE FIXIE; CANE CREEK TRACK WHEELSET

1ST PLACE GEARED BIKE: $100

2ND PLACE REGARDLESS OF BIKE: $50

We have a Track V wheelset from Cane Creek, hats from Walz Caps and Spokepunchers as well as hats and t-shirts from Laekhouse in hand already.

ENTRANCE FEE OF $5.00.

Covers all competitions/race. Proceeds to be donated to charities dealing with terminally ill children.