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 http://transalt.org/takeaction/queens Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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) Manhattan 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 TIME’S UP! http://times-up.org Email: email@example.com 212-802-8222 Getting there: A, B, C, D, 1, train to 59th St.-Columbus Circle
May 1st, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
+++Fix Your Own Bike Workshop Thursday, May 1, 2008 6:30pm Location: 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. Website: http://times-up.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 212-802-8222 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 Location: Woodfern School, Hillsborough, New Jersey Description: 3 lap handicap road race
Start Time: 6:00 PM-12:00am Organization: Century Road Club of America Website: http://centuryroadclub.com
+++Hastings-on-Hudson Thursday, May 1, 2008 Location: Loeb Boathouse in Central Park or 10:30 AM at Broadway Bridge, Manhattan
Description: 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.
Organization: The Weekday Cyclists in NYC Website: http://WeekdayCyclists.org Email: TWCinNYC@aol.com Getting there: 6 train to 77th St.
+++Brooklyn Critical Mass Thursday, May 1, 2008 Location: Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park borough: Brooklyn Description: 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
Website: http://scorcher.org Getting there: Grand Army Plaza
April 30th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
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.
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.
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.
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.