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There is a day location–and an evening location…check the flyer.
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Bikes in the kitchen
Check out this event:
There is a day location–and an evening location…check the flyer.
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A supreme New York Thing sent this link to a video he made of the Joy Ride Art show on Thursday.
Battle for the Fastest Commute!
Cyclist Out-Commutes Straphanger and Car Service
Friday, May 18th 8:33am from Fix Cafe in Brooklyn to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan
This morning, Luci Olewinski, Nurse Practitioner at Bellevue Hospital, won Transportation Alternatives’ Bike Month NYC 2007 6th Annual Commuter Race by making it from Fix Cafe on North 11th Street and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan in 15 minutes, despite strong headwinds over the bridge. Olewinski beat subway rider Phillip Pond, by 4 minutes and Cab rider James Vincente, by 8 minutes.
Olewinski, a nurse practitioner who commutes daily to her night shifts in the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Room, reported that she was happy that her “victory proves to would-be bike commuters that getting to work by bike is fast and easy.” She encouraged others to “take advantage of the good summer weather and give bike commuting a spin.”
According to 2000 Census figures, New Yorkers have the longest average commute in the country, about 45 minutes. However, the average bicycle commute in New York City only takes 30 minutes.
Cycling is booming in New York City, and Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC long-term sustainability initiative commits to making cycling an everyday form of transportation and recreation for New Yorkers. Bicycle use is at record levels with over 120,000 daily cyclists in New York City, up from 75,000 just ten years ago. Mayor Bloomberg’s goal of adding 200-miles of bike lanes by 2009 and 40-miles of greenway paths by 2010 will improve safety and encourage more New Yorkers to ride. More cycling will help achieve PlaNYC’s goals of reducing global warming emissions by 30%, achieving the cleanest air of any big city in the U.S. and improving travel times — all necessary to maintain livability now and in the coming years.
Bike Month NYC, presented by Transportation Alternatives, the NYC Department of Transportation and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene honors the bicycle as a healthy convenient, quick, quiet, clean and community-friendly form of transportation. This year’s sixteenth annual celebration of cycling in New York City features over 175 events throughout all five boroughs between April 24 and June 3, culminating with the 3rd annual Tour de Brooklyn bike ride. The calendar of events is available at bike shops and online at bikemonthnyc.org.
Gear Test With Pablo Airaldi, Bike Messenger and Racer
By STEPHEN KRCMAR
Cycling-specific knickers can be a good compromise. These three-quarter-length pants stay clear of a riderâ€™s bike chain and have a rear pocket to carry a U-lock. Some riders choose to wear bicycle shorts under the knickers and others donâ€™t, even on 50-mile outings, said T. J. Flexer, an owner of Orange 20 Bikes, a Los Angeles shop that carries knickers.
â€œUrban cycling is no longer comprised of just bike people and messengers,â€ said Tim Parr, the president of Swobo, the company that first designed casual cycling knickers about a decade ago. The reasons vary, he said. Rising gas prices and the growing cachet of courier culture have more people saying, â€œWhy donâ€™t I just bike?â€
Pablo Airaldi, a New York bike messenger training for the Cycle Messenger World Championships in August, tested knickers while delivering packages.
Wednesday night was a party at Studio B in Greenpoint with bands and Ines Brunn, known for her skills on a fixed gear.
Here’s a trailer for this years 2007 Bicycle Film Festival made by:
Last night (5/17/07) was the Joy Ride art show with all works inspired by the bicycle. Lots of people took photos…here are mine…Mostly of Bicycle messengers inspired by free Pabst.
Looks like San Francisco/Berkley has had some altercations with their rides.
In San Francisco, there were a couple of incidents with angy bikers
Headline from San Francisco Gate
Then check out this bizarre ride from Berkely’s Critical Mass which was last Friday (I guess its the 2nd Friday of every Month)
The driver of the minivan claims people threw bikes under his van…kind of like when demonstrators damage police equipment with their heads at demonstrations. The driver, a 70 year old man wants to negotiate better about how the pedestrians, bikers and motor vehicles can share the road. I wonder how those negotiations would go…”you bikers talk about your problems…while I run you over.”
The video is really disturbing and you end up feeling bad for everyone…but the driver kind of looks like Dick Chenney and he is behind a machine that can kill people…maybe he should negotiate like our Vice President and tell people to go Fuck themselves.
Here is an article about the incident.
Wow, I was bummed out today. I got all hot and bothered about “bike culture being for sale.” I thought we had another hot button topic about weather an art space could actually have classes on building mutant bicycles for more money then you could buy a bike. I thought there would be lots of fiery responses on the issues of public space and selling out. Instead a few people told me I was just whinning. What fun is that? Last time tallbikes came into question I had major newspapers calling me up and asking, “whats with these mutant bike gangs that are terrorizing the city?” It was fun pretending to be an expert on a fringe sub culture of a sub culture that barely existed, then watch how the New York Times and the Village Voice blew it all out of proportion. So I ranted and it went flat and there were no discussion about to be punk rock or not. damn. Then, right before the day was up…Sweet vindication.
The supposed teacher of this Tallbike class wrote in:
“hi. this is carlos valpeoz, the person who, i guess seems responsible for this mess. first of all i don’t feel like i should justify this situation because i have nothing to do with 3rd ward anymore. i only feel compelled to write this response because since i have lived in brooklyn i have been very involved in bicycle culture. your argument, mr. green is completely valid. you elaborate mostly on exploiting bicycle culture. this class has never existed, does not exist, and will never exist…at least under my instruction. when i was dealing with 3rd ward, the purpose was not to exploit a culture which i am fully immersed in, but to offer people an opportunity to create and design at a place which seemed to not be run by business men. it was never about building tall bikes so that the affluent brooklyn scene-ster could swing their dick around. i was fooled into thinking that 3rd ward really cared about maintaining a strong community in this seemingly exploited city as opposed to just making money. i had absolutely no idea that they were still running this class. i have nothing to do with 3rd ward anymore and do no agree with their mentality, prices, and all of the above. my appologies. carlos.”
Whos whinning now…
Carlos, please email me off the blog. I’d love to talk more about this and thanks for taking the time to respond.
So 3rd ward in Bushwick,
Teachers: Carlos Valpeoz & David Messinio
huh? I dunno about you but this seems a little weird. I mean, I’m all for putting more bikes on the streets that are colorful and cool but sounds to me like another large whiff of “Bike Culture is for sale.” How can you have a class on bike culture…Is 3rd ward going to have classes on being a squatter and dumpster diving and how to be a radical anarchist. For $450.00. You can buy a bike for cheaper but it won’t be as cool and people won’t think your part of some bicycle gang.
I guess instructors Carlos Valpeoz & David Messinio must be design majors in radical mutant bicycle building. I mentioned many of these points to 3rd Ward, in a length, heartfelt email that reminded them about the vandalism of Brooklyn Industries and offered advice to not to be so blantant about this kind of thing. I asked them, why can’t you just have welding classes and people will build what they want.
They didn’t respond…which pisses me off even more, especially because their original contact email was warm and inviting and told me if I had any questions to get back to them. They must be far to busy figuring out how to package culture into a $450.00 class.
Well folks, welcome to the future of NYC living…when all of our public space is sold off to developers and real estate moguls and all the culture makers and artists will be left with is spaces in which you have to make your art for large sums of money.
To be fair, these aren’t radical prices for 6 days and lab time for welding classes but they didn’t take my advice and they don’t want to respond in a community sort of way so I can only assume that they are just interested in money and want to sell off our culture because its cool and sexy from all the hard work we did FOR FREE!
So, maybe bad press is good for them…they got a plug anyway…but remember you can make Tallbikes for free in the few remaining FREE spaces we have left until Bloomberg sells them off or Ratner evicts them with eminent domain.
One is the Freegans…What is Freeganism? Freeganism=living beyond capitalism. In a society of massive overconsumption, enormous quantities of usable resources go to waste. Through dumpster diving, squatting, guerilla gardening and other strategies, freegans transform waste into resources to meet real needs, allowing us to live our values of ecological sustainability, cooperation & sharing while reducing our contribution to capitalism’s abuse of humans, animals and the earth.
Also, as part of Bike Month, Time’s up is offering a welding workshop FOR FREE on May 27th at 49 East Houston. The class won’t be enough time to complete a tallbike, but you can get time on a welder and TIMES up is always open to promote bike culture for the right price…FREE.
I will be leading a class on May 25th, 2007 called: “Critical Mass bicycle riding” Here students can learn how to avoid arrest by the police and how to freely assemble without a permit…while in the friendly classroom of the streets and a safe environment filled with 40,000 cops all on crack. Maybe they can bring their new shiny $500 tallbikes and choppers to the event. Probably won’t because its cool to make bike culture but not cool to participate in it.
I am also working on some new ciriculum called: How to live in an unaffordable city and a history class on how we have lost all of our squats, community centers and free spaces so Bloomberg can get rich. Look for it soon. All classes are $500 + $150 fee for me to buy tallbikes at Walmart, made in China and promoted on MTV’s new reality show…Radical Bikers gone wild.
Ok it’s bike month…
here is a 30 second trailer…
This is part of the messenger night which is Saturday the 19th, 2007.
There are 17 short videos including the six pack attack by Luke Stiles, a documentary on Kamikaze, by Gary Beeber, and master of the helmet camera…Lucas Brunelle. Awesome.
screenings are three times: 7pm, 9pm and 11pm
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now at the bicycle film festival’s website.
But this is only a small inkling of what is going down this week.
Here is the run down:
May 16th, Wednesday
Bikes Rock…opening night party/rock show.
Solar1 23rd and East River-NYC
Bands: Mates of State–Parts and Labor and Team Robespierre
Then an after party…
Here is Brendt warming up the crowd at last years BFF in Tokyo…
at 1pm there will be a BFF bike Parade to the Track events…the site is TBD and will be posted on the BFF website. Oh my god…bikes riding together…the apocolypse is near…oh wait…they have a permit. Whew.
There will be films screen while all this is going on at 1:30pm, 3pm and 5pm…see BFF program for complete schedule.
Then Messenger night, where you will all see TRACK KAIJU…I command you!!
Sunday, May 20th
More movies including this one…Eat!, Sleep? Bikes!
Hope to see you all this weekend!!!
Article and photo by Jeff Siegel
Critical Mass transit for cyclists
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Fridayâ€™s Critical Mass riders made use of their wheels, ingenuity and MetroCards. After several dozen cyclists assembled in Union Square, many wearing copies of the Constitution with the words â€œMy/Our Permit,â€ they quietly marched down the stairs of the Union Square subway station. There was a frenzy of MetroCard swiping as cyclists lifted their bikes over turnstiles. Transit police stopped several riders, claiming they had entered without paying the fare. Ultimately, only one cyclist was given a summons for nonpayment of fare and allowed to proceed.
They took the Downtown Lexington Avenue express train. Several got off at the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station, then got back on, prompting the train conductor to announce over the loudspeaker, â€œYou got to make up your mind where you want to go.â€ They got off at the next stop, Fulton St.
Mounting their bikes, they pedaled down Broadway to Battery Park, up the West Side Highway and through the West and East Village. For the first time in recent memory, police did not escort or chase the ride.
The only incident occurred before the ride started when cyclist Jamie Favaro was riding up Fourth Ave. en route to Union Square. While pedaling up the bike lane, she was sideswiped by a car. Favaro said the driver lowered her window and asked, â€œWhy arenâ€™t you in the bike lane?â€ and continued without stopping. Favaro was not injured.
â€œItâ€™s one of those things that happens to bikes every day,â€ she said.