So Bike month means all kinds of things… the 7th annual bicycle film festival bringing you a ton of movies made about bikes, bikes and um…I think Bikes.
I am happy to have my 3rd project in the festival, a tale of two Japanese bike messengers coming from Tokyo to race in NYC’s most intense fixed gear only alleycat race…Monster Track. premiering at the festival, Saturday May 19th at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00pm
Noah Budnick, of T.A. wanted me to post this about bike month:
Throughout Bike Month, the Parks Department, Bike New York, the DOT, the Department of Health and T.A. will be partnering to teach kids how to ride bikes!
This is quite exciting, not only because it’s getting the next generation on two wheels, but because the Parks Department is really committing resources to these events. There will be “teach your kid to bike” events in every borough on Saturday, May 12, Saturday, May 19 and on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day).
What the Parks Department could use are a few volunteers who love bicycles, know a thing or two about bikes and can lend a hand checking parents and kids in and with the odds ‘n’ ends that always come up at events like these.
So, I’m ask for everyone’s help to please help out at one of the 15 “teach your kid to bike” events and to spread the word and try to drum up others to help out. Parents and others who have taught people to bike are definitely desired.
If you can help, please e-mail Rich Conroy (cc’d here) at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring him at (212) 932-2453 x.159.
Thanks everyone! Please forward and post this to others who may help.
Details on where and when the Parks Department is hosting Teach Your Kid to Bike events are below and at: http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/events/output_pages/bike_mon th_nyc.php
_______________________________________________ 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: email@example.com . www.transalt.org
Our mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.
=Bike Riding Lessons for Kids =Saturday, May 12, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM * Victory Field in Forest Park; 96th St. near Myrtle Ave. (Queens) Getting there: J,Z to Woodhaven Blvd.
* St. Mary’s Park; St. Ann’s at St. Mary’s (Bronx) Getting there: 6 to Cypress Ave,; 2,5 to Jackson Ave.
* Marine Park; Flatbush, Gerritsen and Fillmore Ave. (Brooklyn) Getting there: Q to Ave. U
* Marcus Garvey Park; Madison Avenue between 120th and 124th St. (Manhattan) Getting there: 2,3,4,5,6 to 125th St.
* Midland Beach; Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field (Staten Island)
=Bike Riding Lessons for Kids =Saturday, May 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM * Equity Park 90th St. and 88th Ave. (Queens) Getting there: J,Z to Woodhaven Blvd.
* Van Cortlandt Stadium Broadway between W. 242 Street and Putnam Trail (Bronx) Getting there: 1 to 242nd St.
* Brownsville Recreation Center; 1555 Linden Blvd. (Brooklyn) Getting there: 3 to Junius St., L to Livonia or New Lots Ave.
* Tompkins Square Park Ave. A and 7th St. (Manhattan) Getting there: L to 1st Ave.
* Wolfe’s Pond; Cornelia, Holten and Luten Aves. and Raritan Bay (Staten Island)
=Bike Riding Lessons for Kids =Monday, May 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM * North Rochdale Playground; Baisley Blvd. & Bedell St. (Queens)
* Behagan E. 166th St. and Union Ave. (Bronx) Getting there: 2,5 to Simpson St.
* Commodore Barry Park; Flushing Ave. and N. Elliott Pl. (Brooklyn) Getting there: F to York St.; B,M,Q,R to DeKalb Ave.
* Inwood Hill Nature Center; 218th St. and Indian Rd. (Manhattan) Getting there: 1 to 215th St.; A to 207th St.
Here is one of me on the train with Brandon taken by Jefferson Siegel of the villager.
I’m sorry if any subway riders were inconvenienced. We shouldn’t have to resort to these kind of tactics just to ride our bikes in a city that is supposedly moving towards a green initiative. Green as in money, that is.
April 30th, 2007 | Category: General | Comments are closed
14-year-old killed in hit-and-run next to his bicycle…Sunday morning.
Police search for the driver
(New York – WABC, April 29, 2007) – A 14-year-old boy is killed in a hit-and-run crash. Now police in Brooklyn say they continue their search for the person responsible.
Eyewitness News reporter Patricia Wu in the Bushwick section has the latest. This is a heartbreaking story. You can see the family and friends of 14-year-old Anthony Delgado are still out at the scene.
They gave Eyewitness News the invitation, which is actually an invitation for a baptism party that took place in that brick house last night.
The teen was riding home, crossing through this intersection, when he was killed. This is what his devastated mother has to say to that hit-and-run driver.
“The only thing I really want to say is that whoever hit my son and if anybody knows information, please come forward,” said the mother of the victim. “Let the cops know.”
Fourteen-year-old Anthony Delgado was riding home on his bicycle. It was just after midnight when someone driving a black Ford SUV hit him at the intersection of Palmetto Street and Central Avenue and kept on going.
Witnesses say the car was going very fast. Investigators are still searching for that hit-and-run driver.
Anthony’s mother also told Eyewitness News, he was very loving and he had dreams of growing up to be a car designer.
In this Sundays edition of the NY Times is a lengthy article on fixed gears and the culture that has gone along with these unique bicycles.
Unstoppable, by Jocko Weyland, Author of the article and the book: “the answer is never: a skatboarders history of the world”, does a good job of exploring people and independent buisness that have built this culture in NYC.
There is also an amazing photo series connected with the article…here are a few samples…
Jason Chaste, Gina Marie and Austin Horse in front of King Kog on Hope St, Brooklyn,
Delroy Walters, track champion, at the Kissena Queens velodrome
(from left to right) Austin, Morgan, Carlos and Yatika
There is also audio from the participants in this awesome photo slideshow.
Well, there goes the neighborhood. It has been a long time coming for the popularity of fixed gears to explode…If its good for bikes…its good for bikes. The only thing I fear is the police and the city council, with its infinite wisdom and lack of priorities…LIKE banning pedicabs…is now going to use this against us. We don’t want to see the same thing that happened in Portland Oregon where the create a LAW on bikes without brakes. More fuel for the cops war on bikes…to now try and pass legislation that all bikes must be equipped with hand brakes…oh wait…that is a law. Will it be enforced?
In a bizarre twist of spontaneous regrouping and the immediate need to not be lambs for the slaughter, a small group of legally gathered, un-permitted bike riders (less than 50) took another form of transportation…the subway to start the April Critical Mass. At around 7:30pm, April 27th, 2007 less than 50 people gathered at the North side of Union Square for the monthly critical mass bike ride. It was kind of sad really, that our numbers have been so whittled down by the tiresome antics of the NYPD. I haven’t gone to critical mass in almost a year, but with the break in the action of foul weather and watching a lot of messed up video footage, I felt like it was time to attend. It has really gotten to the point of “not going” makes the police win in their war against a fun event, especially with all this talk of Green Initiatives and reducing global warming. I just get this feeling, that the bike riders are in the right and with persistence, we can be like that blade of grass breaking through concrete and thus eroding the system. I mean, lets not forget the basics…we started this ride, and after all…we are JUST RIDING BICYCLES!
So it was looking grim, there in Union Square, 40 of us die-hards who were starting to be out numbered by scooter cops, people with video cameras and those who came to support the ride, but didn’t bring bicycles…just to see if there was any action, like mass ticketing or tackling. I know, I didn’t want to leave Union Square and quickly have to dodge cops or watch my friends get ticketed for no reason. Is this what Critical mass has become? Ugh. Someone surfaced the idea that we hop on the 4 subway and go somewhere else. This idea became increasingly popular as the time moved away from 7:30, about when the mass gets started and no one had any intention of being the first to leave the park on bike. This is what eventually happened…and it worked! We all walked to the subway stop at the North End of Union square, picked up our bikes and went on the subway…amazing. As we searched for metrocards and passed through the turnstiles…a group of uniformed officers, desperate to have some sort of retribution, ran over to a few riders and questioned them about weather they swiped their cards…with enough erratic fervor that you could of sworn Richard Colvin Reid, the shoe bomber, had escaped Gauntanomo and was loose on the subway. “Stop, hey you, did you swipe your card?” Ridiculous. Other than that, we were scott free. We waited on the GREEN train platform, squeezed into multiple cars, which would have been a lot more difficult if we were more than 50 and headed to Fulton Street in the downtown financial district area. When we got downtown, we got out and gathered on Broadway and then began critical mass…POLICE FREE. This was truly amazing. We had one giant wheel unicycle, one tallbike and about 40 other riders. We had lost a few people along the way, some didn’t go on the subway, some got off at the wrong stop and there was rumor that a group went to Brooklyn, thinking we meant the other Fulton St. For the most part, we were united as a group, taking up all the lanes of traffic and engaged in a fun critical mass. As we headed up Church St. towards Canal, it seemed that a lot more people knew who we were. There was a lot of friendly supportive honking from motor vehicles and crowd waving. We stayed mostly downtown and our numbers grew a little as others joined in and meet up from Union Square…I still think we were always just under 50…so we were technically legal.
It was a successful critical mass…no tickets, no arrests and no cops. Interesting. This new tactic of taking the subway and starting the ride outside of Union Square, seemed to work really well, but we were a tight group. It definitely brings up ideas of starting future rides elsewhere or meeting in a new spot all together…hmmm.
I say we start the multiple meet-up spots, or get back to the text messaging list where you don’t find out the start till 7:30pm. The thought process is that no matter what we do, the cops catch wind of it (with all their infiltration) and spoil our fun anyway. Its still worth a try and it was really amazing to have a successful critical mass.
We need to get the numbers up…so come to the next ride!
There is a video up already from last nights ride, made by the Times Up video collective and Team Spider.