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New coverage of Bike Polo in NYC


the bike polo coverage is non stop, and the East Side Invitational hasn’t even started yet. Here is a video story from the NY Times

and here is an article

Critical Mass Tomorrow

Tomorrow is NYC critical Mass…check out this video from glassbead collective from last months ride.

on time’s up video .

This was a collaborative effort of many volunteer videographers of the lame behavior of the NYPD.

Tomorrow ESPI

East Side Polo Invitational starts in NYC…

Bike Polo…
Check out this mallet cam…by Chris Habib

Here is a more detailed schedule:

Friday
Party and Registration: Bushwick Country Club
618 Grand St, Brooklyn
Happy hour until 10:00 for contenders.

Saturday
Qualifiers: Game play starts at 10:00am sharp.
Chrystie/ Broome St. Court.

Polo Sprints: After competion.
Three Sparks Night: Polo Alleycat. Starts at 8:00pm at
Chrystie/Broome St. Court.
Bonus points for drunkenness and Prom costumes.

Bike Prom: Get dressed the fuck up!
Prom at the Chunk Shack! 794 Broadway #2, Brooklyn.
Lloydski and Stachemaster DJing until the morning.
Prom Photos!
10:00pm on.

Sunday
Finals. Game play starts at 10:00am sharp!
Chrystie/Broome St. Court.
BBQ at night. Location to be announced.

Protest is alive and well in NYC…

Yesterday, activists gathered in City Hall Park to protest the head of the city council, Christine Quinn, who has taken a stance on the side of the police in the new parade rules which state…that no more than 50 people can demonstrate without a permit.

Gays, Lesbians and Transgender activists lead a small march of MORE than 50 people (possibly around 100) to show their outrage with such an unconstitutional ruling, especially apporved by the head of the legislative body of the city. Christine Quinn, a lesbian, once was willing to put herself on the front lines to fight for gay rights and issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, now believes it is a fair ruling. Its ok to protest in this city as long as you ask to police for permission…Yeah Right.

This is why the lead banner in the march was…Stonewall was and unpermitted action!

100 or so marchers came out of City Hall Park, flanked by an army of independent news videographers and the usual row of scooter cops, now synonymous with Critical Mass.

There was some pushing and shoving by the loose cannon police when we dared to take our march into the street for half a second…ooohhh, right around ground zero. There were 3 arrests…

If your wondering what happened to Chris Ryan’s video about this demonstration…I was asked to remove it because of some inappropraite text in the video which claims Gays don’t ride bikes…it wasn’t in good taste.

Here is a link to the Glass Bead Collectives video of the same protest.

Once again, this video shows how the NYPD deal with demonstrations…permit or no permit.

First the demonstrators engage in civil disobedience…like when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat…they step into the sacred streets. Then the cops alert them to get on the sidewalk, by running over and shoving them…in this case a woman. When the demonstrators do not comply the cops push even more violently until one particular person (in the red track jacket) is on the sidewalk. The demonstrator tells the cops he is now on the sidewalk. The white shirted police sergeant says..”good now you are on the sidewalk,” and proceeds to punch to person in the stomach. Then the cops pull the demonstrator with his bruised gut into the streets and proceed to dogpile on him with 5 cops…ohhh so tough.

Simple fascism in all its glory…the VIDEOS don’t lie.

IF only we had a permit…this wouldn’t happen….NOT!

Here are two photo links:

Times Up photo page
Flickr

Press links

NY1
and
Metro PDF

Support Bleeker St and Prince St. Bike Lanes

We need people who live and work in Community Board 2 to stand up and
support the Transportation Committee’s resolution in support of bike
improvements on Prince, Bleecker AND Houston Streets!

Here are the meeting details:

Thursday, April 19th, 6:30pm
St Vincent’s Hospital, Cronin Auditorium, 10th floor
West 12th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues
*Please arrive by 6:45pm
Sign a speaker’s card and write “Yes to Prince and Bleecker bike lanes”
on it.

Without a solid showing of support from people who live and work in the
area, it is very likely that the full Community Board will not support
these bike improvements; the status quo will remain and the city will
not be any closer to becoming a more inviting place to cycle.

A small group of anti-bike, anti-change residents are putting strong
pressure on the full Community Board to reject the bike lanes. They will
be out in numbers on Thursday to decry these changes to make New York a
more bikeable city. If we do not fill the room with one hundred
supporters, we will lose this vote and lose these bike lanes.

If people cannot make Thursday’s meeting, please write or call Community
Board 2 in support of the Prince & Bleecker bike lanes:

Manhattan Community Board 2
District Manager Bob Gormley
3 Washington Square Village, Suite 1A
Phone: 212-979-2272
FAX: 212-254-5102
E-MAIL: cb2manhattan@nyc.rr.com

Without support from the neighborhood, change will not happen. If more
people show up at the Community Board to shout down these bike lanes
than to support them, then the board will not support them and the
neighborhood will have lost the opportunity to help New York become a
better place to bike. Please show your support for this plan and speak
out at this important meeting.

You can see the DOT’s presentation on the Prince and Bleecker bike lanes
at:
against-new-bike-lanes-in-soho/#more-1627″> Streets blog

For more background on these planned bike lanes, see:
TA on bike lanes

I hope to see you on Thursday. Please e-mail or call me with any
questions.

Thank you very much!

Best,

Noah S. Budnick
Deputy Director
Advocacy
Transportation Alternatives
127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002, New York, NY 10001-4010
Phone (212) 629-8080
Fax (212) 629-8334
Direct (646) 873-6022
Mobile (917) 684-2912
Email: noah@transalt.org . www.transalt.org

Saturday, Time’s Up EarthDay Ride

Sunday is officially Earthday…Time’s Up is having an Earthday ride Saturday–April 21st.

1:00pm Union Square South

Join Time’s Up! as we ride to an Earth Day Celebration at an Environmental School that is growing in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

The Urban Assembly School for the Urban Environment is a new junior high and high school that focuses on environmental issues.

Meet the kids from the Recycle Bicycle Ride Club
The ride will end at 70 Tompkins Ave (between Park Ave and Myrtle Ave) in Bed-Stuy for the school’s annual Earth Day celebration. Bring food and fun!

I believe this was from last year…Thanx Harry B.

Velo Series is Back!

Ok, the Cycle Messenger World Championships are in lovely Dublin Ireland this year…the website August 3rd-7th.

There is a chance to win free tickets, on the track in three cities…Find out more Cyclehawk website

Check out this promo

The NYC event is at Kissena’s velodrome…Sunday May, 6th, 2007

Then there will be an Alleycat from the track in Queens back into NYC…

It happens to a lot of us…Same as it everywas…same as…

Yes, it sucks…you come out of a building and find your pride and joy is GONE. Bike Theft. Recently it happened to musician David Byrne…former front man of the Talking heads.

Here is the article from Gothamist

Recently, Clarence Eckerson of Street films posted his video of a bike ride with
TA members and mayor of Bogota, Enrique Penalosa

David Byrne was on the ride.

David has a blog and is organizing an Alternative Transportation music fest in Oct.

Bike Polo in NYC.

Bike Polo is alive and well in NYC. This new sport, gained popularity in cities like Portland Oregon…there is a picture log on Mess Magazine (Bike polo pictures from Portland)

Now, its being played weekly in Lower Manhattan–Here is an artilce from a local NYC paper-Downtown This article is not found on-line, but a fellow biker, scanned it and put it up.


Trackstar , NYC’s track bike boutique, is hosting the:

Eastside Polo Invitational 2, April 27th-29th. Looks like a great time to watch and check out what Bike Polo is all about…kind of like hockey and Polo… Teams of either 3 on 3 or 4′s, depending on how many people show up. NYC teams have formed and are ready to do battle next weekend…check out the Trackstar website for more information….There is also a Bike Prom…
during the weekend.

John of Demon Cats on Reload’s Race


Each year, Reload messenger bag company, maker of amazing custom bags like this one:

hosts an April fool’s race (not only on the 1st of April) This is a scavenger hunt race, which is a great way to see Philadelphia and have fun on a bike.

Here is John,
from demon cats racing DC, report on the race which happened April 14th, 2007;

“AZ and I got a bit of a late start on our way to Philly and as we arrived 5 minutes before race time, we were confronted with a sea of humanity and bikes on the streets behind the R.E.Load headquarters.

Only two hundred spokecards and manifests had been printed. Three hundred racers showed up. Hmmmmm. What to do? Roland announced that the registered racers would get sent on their way. Unregistered racers could ride for free sans the t-shirts or spokecards. They would ride to a print shop Critical Mass style to get more.

As the race officials started handing out manifest, I stuck my hand out and ended up with a manifest. AZ got one from someone who didn’t plan to race. Jacob S. gave me his spoke card for
the race, since he had DFL in mind.

Who do we ride with we ponder? We see Squid and mosey over. Since Squid won the race last year, he’s a good bet to follow, since he has an uncanny knack for choosing good wheels in a city not his own.

The serious crews have since taken off and we see a good group moving out. We latch on, but at the first stop sign, one of their riders on a fixie falls over. Followed by another. And another.

A Philly rider named Jeff rides up on us and after a quick chat we decide to follow him. As he takes off FAST on his fixie I see the R.E.Load winner bag for the HOUR OF POWER race. Fuck, this is going to be fast and hard.

I’ve raced in five of eight April Fool’s and have never had the opportunity to get in a good break.

This was a good break.

At this point the race becomes a blur. For me, it was to become a ride of constant gap closing and riding within sight, praying for traffic to slow down the front a bit for me not to permanently dropped. Early on our group was whittled to three as Squid dropped off the pace. After that, it was a ride of only twenty miles, but at the max and full of craziness.

There were five bar check points where the beer stops were much appreciated. Bob and Barbara’s, The Tattoed Mom’s and so on.
In one we had to write an essay to our female pseudo-East Block Female Prison Guards who kept us in JAIL for 5 minutes.

At another we wrote Haiku:

I bike messenger
I am always riding fast
I am always late

The Exercise Girls whipped us into shape with push-ups, jumping jacks and a two block bike portage- cyclo-cross style!

The skateboard ride while shooting at a spinning target, followed by a shot of tabasco or a shot of vodka. I discovered that the tabasco followed by the vodka leave a pleasant Bloody Mary taste in your mouth. Yummm.

The drag race back along the river for several miles back to the R.E.Load store to look for Bilenky Pat who was dressed as a Playboy Bunny. Anna Nicole had nothing on him! At least not now. That ride was run between 23 and 25 milles an hour through traffic! Jeff and AZ were constantly a good 500 feet in front of me and was the only gap I could not close down. Thank God for the checkpoint!

We stopped and made calls to Crown Fried chicken to check on the price of a 15 piece box. A beauty parlor to check on the price of a styling.

Finding the flyer for the NoteKillers show on a wall of flyers. Multiple signatures. A minimum amount of fake checkpoints for a change.

I must say that we worked the course really really good as a riding group.

Finish time was 6:15, so at about 6:05 we sprinted the last 20 blocks to the warehouse in North Philly where the party and awards ceremony. Later in the night a rave was to be going on, so we had to vacate the premises by a certain time.

It was nice to chill on a beautiful afternoon. Going to get some chinese. Having a safety meeting with good friends. Catching up on old times. The Mr. Softee Ice Cream truck and the Double Dip Double Cone. I hadn’t had one of those since I was five years old in South Texas! Wow.

I poured a beer and set myself in a big comfy chair. Roland came up to me to clarify why he had two manifests with #106 on it. One with 10 points and one with 1900 or so on it. After taking my explanation and the fact that I had ridden with Jeff, I was left with the vague feeling that I might have done really well!

Awards came! The Top Six Men in reverse order:

6th- ME!!! DC. HA! That was an awesome race! My best April Fool’s ever!
5th- AZ. DC. He rode absolutely perfectly!
4th- Eric? Philly.
3rd- Sharky- Philly.
2nd- Austin Horse- NYC- Top outta-town- The National Champ shows why he is the National Champ!

drum roll please-

1st PLACE AND 2007 APRIL FOOLS CHAMP- Jeff O’Neall!!! There couldn’t have been a more deserving winner. He guided us through mile after mile of checkpoints on a trackbike no less. He won the beautiful RE Load Bag, a Fuji Pro Track bike and fork, crazy amounts of schwag and the crowd’s applause and adulation and AZ’s and my eternal thanks for a great race!!!

After the party, we rode back to the car and ended up at a small pizza take out on N.2nd called Rustico. Had a slice, while AZ got a sub. They allow you to bring in beer, so I got a big bottle of some Carlsberg special edition brew to celebrate.

We finally rolled out of Philly around 10 pm, spent from the day’s event. AZ dropped me off. I walked into my quiet house. Sat at my new table, had a smoke and a glass of milk. It was time to climb into my big comfy bed and dream of First Place next year! Not! :)

Racing for Victory and free beer!!!

John

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Societe des DemonCats
Le Tour de Le District

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