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Critical mass…another one missed

So I missed another Critical Mass and am embarassed to be reporting on this now…

June’s Critical Mass was meet with the same repression…tons of cops occupying union square, videotaping the 100 or so participants of the ride.

Street preformer Reverend Billy decided to lend a hand by reciting the first amendment in Union Square:

Here is a bit of what happened-

New York, NY (July 2, 2007) – On Friday, June 29, the NYPD arrested and
detained Reverend Billy, also known as Bill Talen, for reciting the First
Amendment in Union Square. Talen was charged with two counts of harassment
in the second degree and held overnight in The Tombs. The police were
gathered in force at Union Square in preparation for the monthly bicycle
ride known as Critical Mass, which draws attention to environmental issues
and bicycle safety.

here is a video of the arrest from the Glass Bead Collective:

Apparently despite the ridiculous arrest for someone speaking in public…50-75 managed to form a critical mass and ride around NYC, cop free.

Yes my friends, this is what it has come down to.

Article in Time Magazine on Biking’s popularity

Breaking Away
Thursday, Jun. 28, 2007 By DAN KADLEC
Recreational cycling appears to have peaked in the U.S., its popularity cresting sometime during Lance Armstrong’s record runs at the Tour de France. But as the sport has lost enthusiasts overall, a surprising demographic has stuck around and even begun to dominate the trails and bike paths of the U.S., if not yet the world: retirees and near retiree.
eople ages 45 to 64 account for 20% of all those over age 7 who rode a bike at least six times last year, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. That’s up from 13% a decade ago. Yes, this age bracket is expanding as a percentage of the overall population, but demographics can’t tell the whole story. After all, golf–the quintessential 50-plus sport–is moving in reverse, at least in some respects. Last year, for the first time in 60 years, more golf courses shut down than started up, and the number of frequent golfers declined.
The appeal of cycling is most pronounced among the youngest baby boomers (ages 45 to 54), who are also tackling other vigorous leisure activities including hiking and running marathons. Such pursuits embody the active later lifestyle that much of the boomer generation has come to adopt, and which has been embraced as the ad media’s new image of older Americans at leisure. Certainly, semi-seniors wake up the morning after a vigorous outing with more aches and pains than they had in their 20s, but the physical benefits exceed the cost. Regular exercise lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, keeps weight down and improves mental outlook. This is all good news.
Yet there is more at work in the biking trend than a desire to stay fit. Armstrong’s string of wins starting in 1999 might have made cycling cool, and health concerns might have made it smart, but technology made it accessible. If you’ve been eager to take up the sport but are put off by the discomfort of a traditional bicycle, take another look. Many of today’s models come with bigger seats and higher handlebars–easing the strain on bottoms and backs–and even automatic gear shifting. Features like these have helped create a whole new line of bikes, known as hybrid or comfort, the latter word particularly appealing to older riders. The very hottest part of the market is road bikes, which also appeal to boomers who may be giving up on yesterday’s phenomenon–less comfortable mountain bikes, a category in which sales have tailed off dramatically.
With its grayish skew, could cycling become the new golf? A number of things suggest it already is. Stories increasingly surface of businesspeople cutting deals or doctors swapping medical techniques while on a ride, as opposed to the fourth tee. Early this month, at a gathering of the Neurosurgical Society of America in Kohler, Wis., the docs for the first time had the option of skipping an afternoon on the links and instead going for a group ride–and at least 20 signed up.
The Kohler outing was put together by Trek Travel trektravel.com) which arranges cycling events around the world and is benefiting from the graying of the sport; 85% of its clients are ages 45 to 60. “There’s been a huge upswing in our group-travel business,” says sales manager Michael Meholic.
While plenty of Trek Travel’s trips are for business groups, the majority are still for folks taking up the sport as a means of maintaining or establishing social groups and staying connected with kids and grandkids. Among the top trends in cycling-related travel are programs that include children, says Cari Gray, a spokeswoman for Butterfield & Robinson butterfield.com) which arranges cycling trips around the world. Gray says clients value intimacy with the countryside, which you can’t get on a tour bus, as well as the personal time they get with loved ones.
But that doesn’t mean boomers aren’t serious cyclers. “People have epiphanies on our trips all the time–climbing a hill they thought they couldn’t or going farther than they thought they could,” says Gray. B&R clients are mostly 45-plus, and she says they are far better riders today than the firm’s clients were 10 years ago. “Boomers are different,” she says. “They want more from their vacation than a hangover and a tan.”

Bike share in NYC July 7th-11th

In this week’s TimeOut NY, the “How Green are You?” issue…or in other words…”what Green products can you buy…” is an article on an experiment being conducted in NYC about “bicycle sharing”

article:

Pedal pushers
Urban planners see European-style bike sharing in Gotham’s future.
by: — Daniel Derouchie

A lot of New Yorkers bike, and more probably would (especially in hard-to-reach parts of town), if only they didn’t actually have to, you know, own a bicycle. Luckily, the Forum for Urban Design just might have the answer. Saturday 7 through Wednesday 11, they’re teaming up with the Storefront for Art and Architecture to conduct an innovative study called the New York Bike Share Project. “The hope is to see how New Yorkers might use bikes for short trips,” says Forum executive director David Haskell, “if they were made readily available and free.”

During the project, 20 bikes will be available for pickup and drop-off at the Storefront on Kenmare Street and at a rotating series of spots that includes City Hall, Washington Square Park and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. Inside the Storefront gallery, a display of maps, pictures and literature will detail bike-sharing successes in eight European cities. The way it works over there is simple, according to Haskell: Bikes—usually no-frills, brightly painted and durable—are locked in racks until they are released, either by swiping a credit card or by sending a text message via cell phone. Since both methods are traceable, stealing a bike is difficult.

Currently, bike sharing appears most promising in areas with public transportation gaps, including parts of Williamsburg and Red Hook. But it could also relieve stress on overcrowded subway lines like the 6. “There are millions of minor trips that New Yorkers make every day,” explains Haskell. “The goal is to incentivize short trips.” Which may explain why the city of Paris offers the first 30 minutes free and the second half-hour for the equivalent of 50¢.

Haskell notes that New York is a long way from Paris, which is set to have 10,000 bikes and 750 stations by the end of summer. But the results of this study will help City Hall determine which model might work here and how best to implement it.

Nightly from 6 to 8pm, riders will also be able to offer comments and listen to presentations by city leaders and experts from the companies that manage these cycling systems. “Bottom line: Bike shares are cheap and easily implemented,” says Haskell. “And soon people will realize that we aren’t looking to limit anyone’s options. In fact, we’re giving them one that previously didn’t exist.”

For more info, go to nybikeshare.org

Dance Party Ride this Saturday…

I know, Bikeblog has really slacked on his duties of informing the public of whats happening in the bike world…sorry, been busy with work.

So Saturday the 7th of July is an Alleycat race…7-7-07 (get it) more details on that soon. And there is The DANCE PARTY RIDE!

Here is info from Ryan…

hey hey hey

so, this summer i am leading rides for this cool bike group, FREEWHEELS.

the schedule
includes some rides to the beach, some historical tours, brooklyn farm
visits and one of my personal faves…the dance party ride.

it just so hapeens that this saturday is the infamous dance party
ride….i am now gonna try and tantalize you with some fun facts about
the night, hoping you’ll jump on your bike and join us.

the ride is called the dance party ride because we end up at one of
brooklyn’s best dance parties…First Saturday. First Saturday is the
Brooklyn Museum of Arts freebie activity. Starting at 5pm on the
first saturday of every month, the museum is free to enter and there
are tons of lectures, art activities, movies, and MUSIC. Each month
has a different musical theme, with performances from 5-830pm of local
musicians and then a dj dance party from 9-11pm. In the summer months
(unless it is raining) the dance party is outside under the stars.
(ooh la la).

this month–JULY– the theme is Afro-Punk. Typically, there is a ton
of activities circling the general theme. They will be playing the
eddie murphy movie–coming to america–you can make a wood tile
mosaic, you can go to a feminist hip hop lecture, etc etc. typically,
the ride skips this stuff because it is to early to motivate. (for
full schedule see:
Brooklyn Museum

however, this is not a typical month. one of the early bird
activities is a performance by CIRCUS AMOK.
(http://www.circusamok.org/about) From 5-7pm, they will be out in
the public plaza performing. Since they are not to be missed, anyone
who is interested should congregate at the museum during this time,
check out the circus, and then we will ride together to the 730pm
williamsburg bridge meet up.(probably leave the museum sometime
between 630 & 7).

then the fun will really start. we will hook up with freinds and
fellow bikers at the base of the Wiliamsburg Bridge. We usually kick
back from 730 to 8 as people arrive from all over Manhattan and
Brooklyn. The ride to the museum is fun…especially with lots of
people so bring your friends!! We wind our way through Hassid-land,
skirting the Navy Yard, and traveling up through the historic tree
lined streets of Fort Greene.

and then it’s time for a dance party. this month we will be treated
by an Afro-Punk Festival with DJs CX Kidtronik and King Cole, and
bands The Exit and the Dragons of Zynth. we usually head for a spot
on the grass with a good view of the dance floor. set up a picnic
(feel free to bring something to eat, drink, and be merry with…i
highly recomend filling your bottles with a summer sangria or rum
punch) and then go dance.

anyways, its a good time and i hope you will join us.

Dance Party Ride:
***meet anytime from 5-7pm @ the Circus Amok performance in the public
plaza. (look for bikers. call 718 781 1195 if you are lost and cant
find us). Group will leave museum no later than 7pm.
***meet at the base of the Williamsburg bridge @ 730pm…on the wall
or over by the statue. look for a group of bikers. Ride will probably
leave @ 745-8pm.

Alrighty, feel free to forward this email to any of your friends with bikes.
The more the merrier. Yeah bike power!

Up coming Alleycats…and events

Saturday, the 23rd of June…Baltimore…Hey Riders!

It is also the 25th anniversary of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade…Good times.

then upcoming…

July 4th…Part 2 of the 5 borough series…

July 28th, in Boston…

Rumble thru da Bronx 4…race results and pictures.


Rumble thru da Bronx 4 was another huge success, despite a few crashes, wrecked bikes and post race accidents involving a car running over a tatoo artists hand.

Placing: (full race results will be on 5 borogenerals soon)

1. austin (fixed)
2. dan jersey (road)
3. crhis (or however he spells it) (fixed)
4. dave trimble (road)
5. ?? (fixed)
6. generic (road)
7 and 8. izumi and yatika (both fixed)
9. heidi (road)
10. diablo? (road)

Here are some pictures from my flickr site.

and “http://www.flickr.com/photos/javiergarcia-albea/sets/72157600381719865/”> Javier Garcia Albea’s

and
Morgan’s pix

Dave August’s video from the start…

Saturday, June 16th is the Roving Garden Party

2:00pm, center of Tompkins Square Park.

Join the…
***ROVING GARDEN PARTY ***
***FOLLOWED BY A RALLY/PARTY TO SAVE CHILDREN’S MAGICAL GARDEN***
One Part Ecology, Two Parts Mardi Gras! & Rambunctious fun for all!

Come dance down the streets to celebrate community, our public space, and the gardens! We’ll visit some gardens, throw some seeds balls, unleash some surprises, partake in ritual, stand up against some slimy developers and end with an after-party/ rally at Children’s Magical Garden

Special Guests
Rude Mechanical Orchestra!
The Stop Shopping Choir
Bike-Lane Liberation Clowns
Fairy Brigade
Jugglers, Puppets & Tap Dancers
More Gardens! Coalition
Time’s Up!
You & Your Crew
Supporters of Children’s Magical Garden
As well as a few friends from Gardens Past Present & Future.

Come downtown and dance to save the community gardens! So far this year, five gardens have been attacked by developers! Over 50 gardens still endangered –21 in Harlem alone!The Children’s Magical Garden de Carmen Rubio is in Danger!

Lets do what we have always done when faced with a threat: Dress up, Play music, Dance and make some noise as we call for support from the garden creatures!

We all need places to play, to dream, to connect with each other and theworld. For NYC, community gardens are some of those places. So are the streets. Unfortunately, the public commons are under attack. Let’s revel in the places and people that are still untamed.

The parade will finish with a rally and press conference at Children’s Magical Garden.
(For more information on the struggle to save the garden see http://www.thevillager.com/villager_182/stantonstkids.html and http://www.kidsmagicgarden.net/)

Bring drums and instruments! Bring the kids! Bring food, plants and seeds to share!
Dress as the garden creature of your dreams!

Come by Times Up! (49 East Houston) on Saturday morning starting at 11am on to decorate yourself and bike!

raindate June 17th

Do i need to mention…


Rumble thru da bronx 4 is tomorrow. During a Yankee’s Mets game.

Last minute post…

I forgot tonight is Trixie…track bike skill shares and hangout for the ladies. All are welcome. Last month it was a lot of fun hanging out and trying different things on a track bike in a not-so-intimidating enviornment. Social…community. Hosted by Kym Perfetto.

and lets not forget, free beer for the ladies and anyone who brings a female competitor…

June 10th…its off…clothes that is

June 10th is world naked bike ride
Peep the video…