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.
# 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
March 13th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
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 showing off the courier community.
Habitat: The streets of Sydneyâ€™s CBD Dress: Shorts, satchel, two way radio Credo: â€œGet out of the f***ing wayâ€
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 donâ€™t brag about their injuries. They take pride in avoiding accidents. â€œPedestrians 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,â€ says Simon â€˜Shiftyâ€™ McKenzie.
From time to time, angry drivers take aim, but most messengers are circumspect about road rage. â€œTaxi drivers pull u-turns in front of you and donâ€™t indicate. People swing their car doors open without looking. We all have to deal with the same dangers every day. Weâ€™re brothers in arms,â€ says Shifty.
â€œTaxis 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.â€
Sometimes things boil over. One courier had his revenge: â€œI once stole the keys out of a car that cut me off and threw them down a drain. I can assure you itâ€™s difficult to reach in, turn the key and remove them from an occupied car.â€
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. â€œThis isnâ€™t a job you choose,â€ Shifty says. â€œUsually itâ€™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.â€