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Flyod Landis speaks and roller racing this week

Here is a new trend for me in 2007…actually posting an event before it actually happens. Novel concept I know. Wednesday the Brooklyn Brewery is hosting an event with Tour De France Champion Floyd Landis. Its a fund raised for the floyd fairness fund so Landis can try and shed light on what happened and raise money to get a fair hearing.

The event is at the Brooklyn Brewery, 70 North 11th St. Brookyln, NY (right near the L train Stop) 7-10pm

I heard about this through this great website nyvelocity Check them out for future events…they are also hosting indoor rollers tomorrow.

Love Crank at the 169 bar 169 East Broadway. Lower East Side

I think you have to be pre-registered to race. This is on rollers…old school…you balance the bike on standing rollers and try not to fall off…good luck.

A little message from the event coordinators

“Love Crank Tomorrow!

The big day is tomorrow, and since we’re planning on being drunk, we thought it would be a good idea to acknowledge all the people that helped us out.

As always, we couldn’t do this without Dave Perry, Taliah Lempert, and Arone Hotness Dyer. Alan Atwood, who rocks, will be there. Greg Weinberg of St. Pauli Girl is in again with beer. Mmm beer. Charlie Issendorf and Champion Systems indulged us with winners’ jerseys for a second time. Ric Hjertberg of FSA and Ed and Robin Uribe of Spiuk chipped in with prizes. Anthony Accardi helped us out with decorations. Daniel de la Nuez will help out with the kegs.

Speaking of kegs, we’re offering free admission for two keg pumping volunteers. Get in touch if you’re unusually adept at making a reciprocating motion with your right arm.

Our prize list this time:

Men’s Winner: FSA Clip on aerobars and base bar, case of beer, lovely sleeveless jersey. “

Great things happening in LA

Its Bike Winter. In the spirit of Bike Summer, an event held each year, hosted by a new city, Los Angeles isn’t waiting for summer. Although normally, its summer there all the time…but now with man-made climate change…who knows.

Anyway…check out the events at:

Bike LA

I know, a little late notice.

Global Warming Conference…

So rest assure, we can finally expect some real change in our attitudes towards climate change, now that scientists admit that Global Warming is man made…DUH!!! Yeah, right, I’m sure that is a big priority on the Bush administrations agenda…NOT!

In May, Mayor’s from around the world, who really have absolutely nothing to do with Global Warming policy, will gather in NYC at the climate summit.

At least Mayor Bloomberg is bring positive dialogue to the city instead of a private party for Republicans. At the climate change conference, maybe he can mention how he has spent his term making a hostile environment for people to ride their bikes…a great way to decrease global warming.

But May is Bike month so ride on!

Any one go to Freezing…Midnight Ridazz?

August 20th, 2005, Time’s Up brought you this first Midnight Ridazz, a bike ride modeled after an on-going successful event in LA. Its a more loose, often costumed theme, critical mass type event that has gotten hugely popular on the West Coast, bringing out lots of people who may shy away from the what appears to be a more politically charged mass ride.

Last night the LA website advertised a NY ride…anyone go on this thing?

Perhaps there will be more when the weather is better. Perhaps it will be more fun then…criminal mass.

Press Conference on New Police (BS) on Parade Rules

Press Conference outside of One Police Plaza…Wednesday, January 31st. NOON

Indeed the police have published their latest version of their parade
rules, and they will go into effect on February 25th (Missing February
Critical Mass by a couple of days). The new rules forbid `parades’ of
50 or more cyclists or pedestrians without police permission,
regardless of whether or not they obey traffic laws. We are holding a
press conference at One Police Plaza on Wednesday at noon to oppose
these rules and call on the City Council to stop this expansion of
power by the NYPD. City Council Member Rosie Mendez will be speaking,
a rep from the NYCLU will be there, and hopefully we’ll have some
other city councilors and maybe a little Norman Seigel action. Also we
could use some bodies, so if you are free on Wednesday, please come through!

A change in the wind…

From the executive director of Time’s Up–

“New York City Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall resigned today. Over the last couple of days there has been a lot of movement from New York City concerning transportation issues. Some have been favorable, some not so favorable. We’ll see what comes next. One thing is for sure–this is not a coincidence, all of these things seem to be related, and all came about through your hard work. Congratulations. In addition to Smolka’s resignation and the introduction of the parade permitting laws, we have also heard from our lawyer that the city is dropping the lawsuit against Time’s Up, although we have not yet seen the official paperwork. We’ll keep everybody updated on the lawsuit as soon as we know more. In the mean time, we’ll see what the city does next and maybe we can have a discussion about future strategies concerning all of these changes. “
-Bill DePaola

NYC DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall Resigns
Commissioner Iris Weinshall is leaving New York City’s Department of Transportation for a job as Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management at the City University of New York. The Department of Transportation press office says that Weinshall will stay on for another ten weeks. Her last day on the job will be Friday, April 13. Read more about this new development at streets blog

Stuper Bowl, Feb. 3rd. and a new bike blog

All those racing in Minneapolis…we salute you. Stupor bowl is a long standing race and some day, I will make it out there.

Found a new bike blog… how to avoid the bummer life
What could be more fun than riding bikes, drinking beer and guns???

Idiotarod 2007 video

Saturday was the Idiotarod. A race based on the iditarod, the Alaskan sled race, only this urban version is a team of five strapped to a shopping cart. Home Depot must be wondering where their shopping carts are, but look no further than the streets of Brooklyn and Queens, where some 400 participants raced. Its not a bike event, but it certainly has all the trimmings of a good one, lots of police presences, helicopters flying overhead, afterparties shut down before they started. Ah the fun of freedom in America. But despite the cluelessness of the NYPD we had a great time and check out this video from me and Chris Ryan of Team Spider , aka the lost viking from the Warriors video. Oh yah, and we shot the race from a tandem bike…nice…I like.

NYPD redifines its Parade Rules–Goodbye Critical Mass

So despite all we fought for, the objections by key city council members and our hard work to stand up for our basic rights of assembly by coming to their rigged public speak-out at One Police Plaza…the NYPD has gone ahead with redefining the parade rules. Too Bad Smolka will get to miss out on all the fun, but don’t worry, the Darth Vader of protesting will soon be replaced by an even meaner, more bald and much harsher on woman…Darth Mall.

From the New York Civil Liberties Union website

NYPD Modifies Proposed Parade Permit Rules

January 26, 2007 — In response to objections raised by the New York Civil Liberties Union and other groups, the New York City Police Department has modified its proposal to expand the categories of bike and vehicle processions that would require parade permits.
In regulations originally proposed last summer, the Department sought to require police permits for sidewalk marches, any lawful street procession of 20 more bikes or vehicles, and any street procession of more than two people where any traffic law was violated. In final regulations published today the Department narrowed its proposal so that the only events requiring parade permits are roadway processions of 50 or more bikes or vehicles.

“These final rules mark a substantial improvement from the Department’s original proposal, but we believe that requiring permits for law-abiding bike rides of only 50 people is unreasonable and unnecessary,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “Changes to our City’s permit laws should be made by the City Council, not the police department.”

Added NYCLU Associate Legal Director Christopher Dunn: “We welcome the Department’s change but remain concerned about how difficult it is for groups to obtain police permits. We will closely monitor implementation of these rules.”
So basically the police compromised by not targeting all demonstrations, only the one that goes on every month and that they never had a problem with untill the RNC. Let me be the first one to say, thank you to all those who worked so hard to stop this madness, who continued to ride despite all the violence and scare tactics they threw at us. All those that suffered broken limbs and broken bikes. I would also like to give a warm congradulations to the fascist NYPD. FUCK YOU, from the bottom of my heart and see you in Brooklyn…until they decide to start stomping on us there.

Book signing party for new Messenger photo book

Amy Bolger has been riding the streets and taking pictures for a long time. Now she has compiled her photographs of alleycats into a new book and there is a permier party, on February 16th, the day before Monster Track 8. (this is also a chance to pre-register for NYC’s fix gear only race)