What in the world is going on with bikes?

As usual…lots. Its bike month so there is no shortage of bike events and fun ways to spend your time showing off your new ride you just got in T-town or dug out of the closet for the 30,000 strong 5 borough bike tour. Don’t forget Al Sharpton is going to be shutting down the city today in protest of the Sean Bell Verdict and there is no better way to get around a crippled city then by bicycle.

This Saturday are two events in NYC.

1) Harlemageddon Alleycat

Saturday, May 10th 2008
Marcus Garvey Park
12:30pm reg.
1:30pm race

Here are the checkpoints in advance…so start studying the maps

155th st underneath riverside dr
grant’s tomb
126 W 139th
Seaman Ave & Cumming St
Highbridge park
Flagpole at cloisters
Underneath the Henry Hudson Bridge
600 E 125th st
Abandoned boat in hudson next to henry hudson parkway (entrance on dykman)
Harlem Meer
Rat pack spot

Here are the prize sponsors:
Prizes from:
Mer Bags
Afinity Bikes
Keirin Culture
Cane Creek
Visitor Design
Taliah Lempert
…and more!

Also on Saturday:

2) the 1st Annual LIC Bike Parade
(Rain or Shine)
11:30am: registration Begins 12pm-3pm Workshops
Decorate your bike with artists from Socrates Sculpture Park, Free Style Arts Association, Materials for the Arts and the Noguchi Museum; ride safety tips and helmet fitting with Bike New York and Transportation Alternatives; bike repairs with Recycle-a-bicycle.

3:00pm-4:00pm THE PARADE
Line up with the Hungry March Band, performers from Circus Amok, City Reliquary and the Civic Riders Bicycle Club and join the parade from Socrates Sculpture Park to Queensbridge Park.

Socrates Sculpture Park is at 32-01 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11106

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: