Eleven miles of the waterfront bikeway (from Coney Island to the Navy Yard) have been planned.
The three miles in Williamsburg & Greenpoint have not.
Come out and make it happen!
What: Greenway Planning Workshop for Greenpoint & Williamsburg When: Thursday, May 24th, 6: 0 0 PM Where: Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St. (L train to Bedford Ave)
THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT DEAL! According to the Community Board in Williamsburg, our community wants a passive greenway, meaning no bikes and small paths made just for walking, etc etc. If we don’t speak up…that is exactly what we will get.
Come to this workshop style meeting (aka less talking, more table design work a la community charette) and get your vision for the williamsburg waterfront heard. (And then enjoy a little beer tasting at the end…ooh la la! this is my type of meeting!)
Your voice and your ideas are needed to make it happen. Register today at firstname.lastname@example.org. . Space is limited.
Time to start showing off your bike videos. Velodrome super star and filmmaker Luke Stiles is hosting bike short films.
Info from the site:
Bike Shorts is a low-key event to share whatever you’ve been working on with like-minded folks. It is is not a festival. We started Bike Shorts because we know there are a lot of people out there creating great stuff, and it should be easier to share and show your work. Plus, YouTube is really only good for the latest dancing baby clips, cultural nostalgia, and highlight reels . This is all about bike stuff.
So get out there, strap your camera to your head, and make some movies. You know what though? If all you’re gonna do is strap your camera to your head and film you & your buddies dodging traffic, you’re not going to win the $100 cash prize So be original. Be creative. Impress us.
Check the site for more info and make in your shorts.
May 21st, 2007 | Category: General | Comments are closed
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 Pants in a Twist? Try Some Knickers
By STEPHEN KRCMAR Published: May 17, 2007 URBAN cyclists canâ€™t win. Snug-fitting Lycra shorts offer a padded chamois and seams that donâ€™t chafe, but lack style. Regular pants with rolled-up cuffs may be more fashionable but can become clammy for anything longer than a short ride.
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.
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 Critical Mass pedals politely through S.F. A SMOOTH RIDE: After last month’s heated confrontation between bicyclists and a driver, participants were determined to make this month’s event a more pleasant experience
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.
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.
May 15th, 2007 | Category: General | Comments are closed