Check out these two short movies.

Street Films has made two great videos about recent events in NYC.

The first is about the new LOOK campaign that has been launced to encourage more awareness of cyclists on the streets.

The second is about the Park(ing) day, where people reclaimed parking spaces for a day and turned them into little parks, gyms for kids and chill space.

Great job streetfilms.

A few events.

Friday is Critical Mass…remember that bike ride we all used to go to.

Then its the 20th anniversary party at the Time’s Up space with Japanther and Team Spider (Bands)

Sunday there is a screening of my 5 minute short about Monster Track 8, fixed gear only alleycat that took place in freezing February.

This is part of an ongoing series called Bikeshorts.

8:00pm at the Larry Lawrence Bar. 295 Grand St. in WIlliamsburg.

Here is the trailer…

NYC screening of M.A.S.H.

Not the medical drama from the Korean War, M.A.S.H. is the movie by Gabe Morford and Michael Martin which propelled the fixed gear bicycle to the next level, a world of tricks and making possible the impossible on a track bike.

Track bikes have been trendy for a while, we all know this, now seeing enough skinny black jeans hipsters whizzin by with brakeless bikes. M.A.S.H. is a video that everyone was peepin on YouTube and quickly became a household name as far as sub cultures are concerned. Its a video like a skateboarding video, mostly riding and doing tricks…but it showed possibilities. Like the first time someone landed a kick flip or a rail slide. Its how these trends expand. How the Zephyr team broke all the molds in Dogtown and Zboys (the documentary) by doing things with their boards that had never been achieved.

M.A.S.H has had that same kind of influence, where the bike community around the world is holding trick events and pushing the limits with new tricks and ridin styles. Of course these trends exist on their own, but this video definitely can be heralded as a benchmark in the trend.

The movie was launched last year at the Bicycle Film Festival and now is playing at select screenings around the country.

Check out there new trailer

MASHSF new website

It is coming to the St. Marks Church

October 7th, 2007

Hosted by Trackstar and Dave’s Quality Meats

We hope to be hanging out with at least one of the film makers and ridin.

ah, I forgot

I have been told I forgot to tell people to wear bright colors for tonights video taping. BRIGHT COLORS.

looking for bikers to be videotaped

Peter and CJ are doing visuals for the Time’s Up 20th anniversary party on Friday.

They want people to come out tomorrow with their bikes and be video taped mugging for the camera. They say they will have bikes and a bike stand. They will be manipulating the video later into cool visuals to be projected at the party.

They will be at Reboot Pizza on Ave A, between 2nd and 3rd from 6-7pm. Tuesday the 25th. They will probably be there until 8pm. The restaurant is being kind to let them use the space and will be closed on that day.

So come by.

Yesterday was national (Park)ing day

Picture of Time’s Up taking over a space on 7th ave. infront of the BirdBath bakery.

The idea is to reclaim public space from automobile storage to green space. People all over the city feed the meters and turned parking spaces into gardens, hangouts, chill spaces and free bike repair.

More Times Up pictures at Flickr set.

More coverage on streetsblog

Safety with a price…

Its safety enforement time here in the big apple, city designed for and catering primarily to the automobile while the pedestrian and the cyclists continue to play second fiddle.

July 26th, a helmet law went into effect for all those who WORK in nyc on a bicycle. Employees are required to wear a helmet and the employers are required to provide them with helmets.

32 spokes is a blog out of London who gave this report…

from 32 spokes…
“Following up from my previous post on this topic, today the new law, that requires bike messengers in New York City to wear helmets, goes into effect. Apart from this law being absolutely ridiculous, I find it hard to see how it will be enforced. As Carlos Ramirez, a 12 year bike messenger, points out in an article from NY Metro:”

“A lot of people who just commute look like messengers. How are the police going to know who’s a messenger? Now they’re going to search your bag?”

Links to related articles:

Helmet law provided by Gothamist.
The enforcement of this law is mitigated on the streets, by the worker themselves and creating an environment where the police are now profiling, at their discretion, who is a messenger or not.

Does the need for enforcement and making money on ticketing out weigh the need for safety?

I’ve been getting reports from non-couriers that they’ve been profiled as messengers and told by police they need a helmet. They tell police, they are not messengers and the cops say…”Doesn’t matter, you need a helmet anyway.”

Exactly how I predicted. When common sense turns into concrete law, the burden should be on the employers to provide their staff with helmets and to keep them safe. When your employer makes you an independent contracter, absolving the responsibility of paying costly health care benefits, then a $30 helmet should be nothing.

Instead you have the worker, riding his duct taped mountian bike on the sidewalk, carrying your Kung Pao chicken the four blocks you are too lazy to walk for, getting stopped by a cop looking to increase his quota and writing a summons of $30. Safety first.

Then you’ve got a new program being launched…

This comes from streetsblog. Also check out their week in review.

“The city launched its first ever cyclist/motorist safety campaign on Tuesday. Inspired by the 2005 death of cyclist Liz Byrne, ads will appear on bus shelters, buses and taxis encouraging cyclists to “Look” for one another while sharing the road. At the same time, Transportation Alternatives and the New York City Bicycle Coalition — which helped develop the “Look” campaign — called on the city to step up enforcement of driving laws and to implement more effective bike lane designs. Shortly thereafter, in the spirit of tougher enforcement, officers in Central Park began issuing warnings to commuters — bike commuters, that is.”

Again the sugar…with the salt.

Yesterday, (9/21/07) I got a call that the police were harassing people at the base of the Williamsburg bridge, Manhattan side. 2 parking police patrol cars were parked just pass the raised concrete platform stopping cyclists and sometimes trying violently to grab them off their bikes while riding by. Parking police? Now granted this is a crappy job, standing on Delancey St all day breathing in fumes…but you hardly see these guys enforcing anything, expect maybe blocking the box. But with new changes to safety regulations its time to target cyclists. So as a nation we continue to let our dying infustructure crumble in the free market economy gone wild, those who find alternatives…i.e. the cyclist, pay the price.

The Williamsburg bridge is a classic example. One minute it has bumps on it, one minute one side is closed for painting…THAT BRIDGE, never ever seems to be completed. One minute its 4 lanes of traffic coming off the bridge, the next its 6. Although we have won some battles, getting the bumps removed is one of them, that roadway still is largely influx and was never a good set up. So the parking police were trying to stop people from Not stopping and riding right into traffic which at the time was mostly to allow vehicles to exit, because one lane of the bridge…was closed. Why? Another coat of paint? Probably because the infustructure can’t compete with the overpopulation and too many cars. I say, ride a bike.

So be careful out there, wear a helmet if you can, but also watch you back against, police harassment. If your stopped, you can beat the helmet thing (for now) then the cops, feeling embarassed will look immediately to see if you have a bell or two lights…often you can’t win.

Fall Equinox bike ride in Brooklyn

The ride will be a casual late afternoon trek to the Ridgewood Reservoir, an abandoned 19th century water source for Brooklyn. He found a great hill behind the reservoir where we can drink, carouse, and watch the sun set over Manhattan. It will be a great way to officially say goodbye to summer. arghhhhhhhhhhhhh!

The ride will be easy. Feel free to bring a blanket, some food, and beer. Lots of beer. There will even be a cargo bike present that can be loaded up with supplies.

Saturday, September 22nd

5:30PM Grand Army Plaza
6:00PM Brooklyn side of Williamsburg Bridge

Bike Film Festival in San Francisco this week!!

Bicycle Film Festival is in San Francisco. September 19th-22nd…Tickets on sale now!

Victoria Theatre
2961 16th Street near Mission Street

in collaboration with PUMA
at film screenings

Valet Bicycle Parking provided by SFBC
Sponsored by Kryptonite

Saturday, September 21st is a block party…


Capp Street Between 16th Street and 17th Street
Track Competitions hosted by M.A.S.H. Crew
BMX comp, Cyclecide
Fun Bike Games
Award Ceremony at Program 7


Tomorrow…be safe…

The New York Bike Messenger Foundation will be tabling at Union Square South this Tuesday, September 18 from Noon until 2pm.

We will be handing out NYBMF postcards and also Know Your Rights manuals.

Squid has been working with a lot of different people for two years on this safety campaign for New York City.

The campaign, called LOOK, was developed to raise awareness among drivers and bike riders about cyclists’ right to the road and everyone’s responsibility to drive and ride safely and be aware in traffic. It will run in English and Spanish on bus shelters, buses, taxi tops and phone kiosks this fall, and there will be a website, posters, postcards, t-shirts and other give-aways to promote cyclist safety.

The ads were produced by international ad firm Publicis in consultation with the NYC Bike Coalition, the City Departments of \ Transportation & Health, the NYPD, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Office of the Public Advocate.

The DOT will be handing out free helmets and there will be other giveaways as well!

Please stop by if you can and help us get the word out!