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Quick review of events

Thursday June 29th

-Rally at City Hall for Bikes 9am

-Times Up memorial Ride
6:30pm at the Intrepid

-Movie Night at Time’s Up space 49 East Houston
8:00pm, showing of the documentary “the Take”–Free

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Friday, June 30th

-Breakfast on the Bridge.
Wlliamsburg side of Williamsburg Bridge
7:30am-Noon

-Critical Mass
7:00pm Union Square North

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Saturday, July 1st

Bicycle Fetish Day Noon to 5pm


Alleycat-From Bike Fetish Day, ends at Bike Fetish Day spot.

Times Up ride to First Night at the Brooklyn Museum

Free Ride to First Saturday
Date: Saturday, July 1st, 2006
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 7pm @ Union Square South or 730pm @ the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge
Summary: Come ride with TIME’S UP! to the Brooklyn Museum’s monthly extravaganza First Saturday
Details: Come hook up with Time’s Up! as we ride together through the fabulous and historic districts of the LES, South Williamsburg, Fort Greene, & Prospect Heights to check out one of the great free monthly community events in Brooklyn.
On the first Saturday of every month, the Brooklyn Museum of Art opens it doors and breaks out it’s dancing shoes for a fun little party with outdoor dancing in summer.

That’s right, from 9 -11 p.m the Museum Parking Lot will be a sizzling dance party under the stars. July’s line-up features djs spinning electro-funk, b-boy breaks, and eighties classics outside.

And for those who dont feel like dancing…the museum will be open and this month features guest speakers on graffitti inside the museum. See below for specific details.

So bikers!…bring your water bottle, a picnic dinner and come join us for a Brooklyn adventure.

NOTE: The ride is ONE WAY! There are subways right at the museum that will get you back to the city. Typically people group back up for rides back over the bridges and back into Williamsburg.

July schedule of FREE Programs
Note: some events occur prior to ride’s arrival. please plan accordingly! see http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php for more info.

5:00 p.m. Film: Style Wars Legendary hip-hop documentary about New York City graffiti writers.
6-8:00 p.m. Beatboxer Entertainment presents a complete hip-hop performance including beatboxing, emceeing, breakdancing, and deejaying.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Create your own nickname and graffiti tag with markers and paint.
6:30 p.m. Film:Wild Style New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city’s most elusive graffiti writer.
7:00 p.m. Artist Talk : Graffiti artist Crash, who started painting the sides of subway cars more than twenty years ago, gives a gallery talk about his work in the Graffiti exhibition.
8:00 p.m. Modern Voices : Ellis Gallagher, a.k.a. Ellis G., an artist known for his outlines of shadows on Brooklyn streets, speaks on the history of graffiti and its connection to the contemporary art world.
8-11:00 p.m. Dance Party :The Black Underground Show brings its famous Coney Island boardwalk dance party to the Museum, spinning electro-funk, b-boy breaks, and eighties classics.
9:00 p.m. Film: Dave Chappelle’s Block Party which features comedian Dave Chappelle hosting a Bed-Stuy bash with Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, the Roots, Erykah Badu, and the Fugees.

Rally at City Hall Tomorrow 8:45am

The cyclist fatalities and serious crashes over the past three weeks
have brought renewed attention to the fact that little progress is being
made to eliminate these everyday cycling hazards.

Join Transportation Alternatives and leading bicycle advocates, clubs
and organizations on Thursday morning to call on Mayor Bloomberg to
redouble New York City’s bike safety efforts:

TOMORROW MORNING
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
8:45 am
City Hall

In the past three weeks there were four serious bike crashes in New York
City, three of them resulting in the deaths of individual cyclists,
Donna Goodson, Dr. Carl Nacht and Derek Lake.

On June 5, Donna Goodson was killed by a truck on Rockaway Parkway in
Brooklyn. On Monday June 19, a taxicab driver opened his door and
knocked a cyclist into the path of a passing bus on 10th Avenue in
Manhattan. On Thursday June 22, an NYPD tow truck driver crossing the
Hudson River Greenway hit Dr. Carl Nacht as he was riding with his wife
northbound on the bike path. Dr. Nacht died Monday, June 26. On Monday
June 26, Derek Lake was killed by a truck when his bike slid out of
control and he fell beneath the truck on Houston Street at LaGuardia
Place.

All four recent crashes were caused by dangerous conditions that are
commonplace on New York City streets but should not be: drivers and
passengers opening car doors into the path of cyclists; drivers failing
to yield to cyclists and hazardous street conditions that can send bikes
out of control.

Like the Mayors of London, Paris, Chicago and other world class cities
that have recently unveiled comprehensive plans to make bicycling safe
and widespread, Mayor Bloomberg must get serious about making New York
City a safe place to bike. The City’s “Bicycle Master Plan” is ten years
old and only 15% complete. Moreover, it has no targets or timetable for
completion, benchmarks for increasing cycling, or modern bike lane and
path design standards–all hallmarks of exemplary plans recently put
forth by cities like London and Chicago that will make cycling safe
enough for all to enjoy.

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Full details at:
Transportation Alternatives E-Bulletin

Someone dies and now we start questioning…

Yes it is a sad world we live in. It takes a cyclists death before the media starts to wonder what the hell is going on in this city with cyclists. Not to mention this cyclist that died, was a promanent doctor at a local hospital…”what, not some weirdo…” Its no wonder in this age of rampant oil company profits and us taking it the rear end tank at the pump, that cycling and finding alternative forms of transportation is still scene as a fringe act by those on the margins. Let’s face it, biking still isn’t cool. So in our world of the car being king and a city which ignores the obvious problems of overcrowding and makes no effort to look towards the bicycle for relief that we are still looked down upon. So a NYTimes reporter wrote an article about the Westside Highway bike path, after all, this is the scene of the crim—I mean accident. I almost forgot that when cyclists are killed it is an accident…end of story. It bothers me a lot because, now more than ever we need to investigate what the hell is going on. We need to re-read Jane Jacobs, we need to make more room for bikes, we leadership that is held accountable when our doctors die on the bike paths, we need to do somehting about the construction on Houston street.

Meanwhile the NY Times writes an article about the Westside Highway bike path…

hhhhmmmm.

Will from on NY Turf makes good coments about the article.

It is true, we can’t have our cake and eat it too. We get a bike path on the Williamsburg bridge and it comes with nasty bumps…we get bike lanes and everyone parks in them, we get a West Side Highway path and we have to yield for cars. When are we allowed in on these meetings of city planning? This is grounds for the NYC bike coalition to get stronger and become a political wing in which the city can answer to and listen to. Maybe we need to come up with a list of demands for the city, or goals we want to see accomplished…perhaps like the UN has Millennium development goals, we could have the NYC city development goals which have to be met by 2010. Some document that says if the city wants to have its New Yankee stadium, New Mets stadium, Water park on Randall’s Island, NASCAR track on Staten Island, IKEA in Redhook and Bruce Ratner nightmare in downtown Brooklyn…they’d better make some room for bikes!! Yeah…I’m sure they will listen. ==================

There is a new blog in town, all about public space and transportation issues… street blog.com

here is what it is about…
Welcome to StreetsBlog
StreetsBlog is a daily source for news and information about New York City’s burgeoning Livable Streets movement.

The blog is produced by The Open Planning Project, edited by Aaron Naparstek, and is a project of the New York City Streets Renaissance Campaign.

StreetsBlog welcomes your tips and contributions.

Breakfast on the Bridge

Friday, June 30th. A group of Time’s Up volunteers will be hosting “Breakfast on the Bridge” 7:30am till Noon. On the Williamsburg side of the Williamsburg Bridge. Come over for free breakfast treats from the fine folks at Time’s Up.

See, cool things for bikers don’t just happen in Portland Oregon.

Rich says:

“this breakfast thing is lots of fun, and you can just stop by for a
little bit, eat a muffin and show up a little late to work with a full
tummy, and a smile on your face.”

Memorial ride for killed cyclists.

Virtual resistance has been working on new ghost bikes and they will be presneted on a memorial ride for the rash of cyclists killed in June.

MEMORIAL RIDE
Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m.
West Side Greenway at 42nd Street (in front of the Intrepid)

Carl Nacht, 56, was killed by an NYPD tow truck making a right turn across the West Side Greenway. Derek Lake, 23, was killed on Houston Street while trying to maneuver around a construction site. Come out and remember these two cyclists and help draw attention to unsafe conditions for New York cyclists.
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I know this is hard to believe but another cyclist was injured this morning. A co-worker of mine saw the aftermath and warned me to wear my helmet.

Ellen wrote:

On my way to work @ 11th ave and 59th st, I passed a very scary scene,
a van with a smashed windshield with a bike and bike helmet in front
of it. The biker was in the ambulance, and the cop said he was going
to be all right. I told the cop that given the position of the van,
its obvious he was taking a left and did not yield to the biker who
must have been going the opposite way with the light. He agreed but
said that because there were no witnesses, the van driver wont get a
ticket. I suggested that the guy in the ambulance might be a good
witness. At least the driver is going to need a new windshield!

Be careful out there.

Ellen
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Aye, yes…there must be a witness…other wise the police would have to i-n-v-e-s-t-g-a-t-e…and then they’d have to do paperwork and then possible use some brain power and oh no…common sense. Then street conditions might improve…we wouldn’t want our civil servants to have to do any extra work. Why that would take time out from them writing us tickets for not having a bell on our handlebars when it’s harass the cyclists week at the precinct. All I got to say is, our city should be ashamed.
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Picture taken of Derek Lake’s bike after tragedy on Houston St. Picture by Dima Gavrysh of NY Times.

NY Times article on Derek Lake’s death on Houston.

download a
pdf that Transportation Alternatives has released on the recent death of Derek Lake on Houston Street.

Three cyclists have died in June.

I was going to write something trivial this morning, like about how the mermaid parade went or comment on this picture I took for something I was going to start about the worst bike abuse of the month. A pole in the middle of the city with a stripped down bicycle seems rather silly today, when another cyclists was killed on his commute. This makes three in one month. I thought maybe getting those tickets at critical mass or possibly doored by the police, seemed so crazy. That we are wasting our time standing up and fighting for your right to the road in a world gone mad with oil lust and all catering to the whims of rich people and their short sighted goals of luxury condos and sports stadiums. Now more than ever we need to defend our rights to the road and protection of our bicycle liberties.

Here is the article from the daily news about the death of Derek Lake, killed on Houston Street, this morning.

Cyclist dies after being run over by truck
By Justin Rocket Silverman
amNewYork Staff Writer

June 27, 2006

For the third time in 13 months, a bike rider was killed yesterday on Houston Street, leading one advocate to label it Manhattan’s “boulevard of death.”

Derek Lake, 23, a filmmaker who had recently bought the bike, was turning onto Houston from LaGuardia Place at 9:20 a.m. Monday when he lost control of his bike in a construction area and was run over by a passing truck. Houston is undergoing a multi-year, $30 million reconstruction, which advocates blamed for Lake’s death.
“It’s likely that a metal plate on the street caused him to loose control,” said Noah Budnick of Transportation Alternatives. “The plate was in violation of the city’s highway rules and the rain made it even more dangerous. The cyclist can only do so much, and in this case the street conditions were the likely contributing factor in the crash.”

The driver of the truck that hit Lake was cited for six equipment violations, but was not charged with a crime. The city agency overseeing construction along Houston said its records show that the metal plate at that intersection had been removed.

A check of the intersection Monday night showed seven mismatched plates on the opposite side of the intersection from where Lake went down.

Times Up!, a bike advocacy group, issued a warning for all city cyclists to avoid riding on Houston for the duration of the construction.

Lake was a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and had recently begun showing a film he wrote and directed in festivals around the city.

“He knew being in the film business was a hard thing to do, but he didn’t let anyone discourage him,” Lake’s younger sister Alexis said yesterday. “He was going to make it big.”

Alexis, 22, said her brother just purchased the bike a few weeks ago to shorten his commute from Brooklyn and to improve his physical fitness.

“He was the scrawniest kid in the whole world,” she recalled, “but joked around about getting pudgy and told me he was getting a bike.”

In May of last year, Brandie Bailey, 21, was killed while riding a bike on Houston Street when she was struck by a garbage truck.

One month later, Andrew Morgan, 25, was also killed on his bike when a truck make an illegal turn on Houston.

A police spokesman said Monday that only officers who witness a crash personally can issue a violation to the driver.

In none of the recent deaths on Houston was a driver charged with any crime.

Another recent cycling fatality was Dr. Carl Nacht, 56, who was struck by an NYPD tow truck while he cycled with his wife in the West Side Highway’s bike lane. Nacht died in the hospital Monday.
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Then I received this email from the wife of a film maker Derek was working for…

Hi Michael,

A good friend of mine (who happened to be working for my husband) was killed today on Houston and LaGuardia while he was riding his bicycle to work. He was not an avid cyclist, and apparently tried to maneuver between a truck and a van and was thrown from his bike and run over by a truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

As I am sure you can imagine, we are absolutely devastated. Derek was only 24 and graduated from SVA film school last year. He completed his first short film Sans Pertinence, which is absolutely amazing www.dereklakefilms.com and had recently befriended Kevin Spacey (just friends; Derek was straight and had a very serious girlfriend) and his film was recently accepted into a film festival (I don’t know which one).

Derek was, as I mentioned above, also working for my husband full time and very happy to have a job where he could use his talents and work with a small and tight knit team of people. He told me he was thrilled to be in such a great position right out of college. He was a really inspirational director and a talented artist. He was also a very sweet and kind person. This is a horrible tragedy and we are completely emotionally destroyed. It is incredible that someone who was so endlessly talented and brilliant could be gone in an instant. He was very driven and always intensely professional.

I just found this little bio on IMDB:

“Derek Lake was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 7th, 1982. The son of an industrial salesman, Derek spent much of his youth moving through the suburbs of the northeast until finally settling down in the rural surroundings of upstate New York. It was here that his unlikely encounters with a few friends and a video camera would ultimately begin to define his path as a filmmaker. Derek started making short films as young as 13 and continued throughout high school. Eventually the hobby worked itself into a passion that would lead him to New York City where he graduated from film school at the School of Visual Arts. He currently lives in New York and continues to write, direct, produce, edit, and do audio post for his own movies.”

Trailer for Derek’s Film
http://www.toknowajedi.com another short film by Derek.

We’d like to spread the word about his films if at all possible. This is such a great loss and he will be missed.

Thanks,
Kerri Savage
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Something has to be done about Houston Street. I feel like Critical Mass should go there on Friday and stop at each one of these sites and have the whole city stop and think about their priorities. I feel like we need to erect a sign when you turn right onto Houston and 6th ave for all to see that says something like: “Entering the Danger Zone, please drive with caution. While our city continues to bend over backwards in its construction frenzy to build more unafforable housing, the people who live and work here are getting killed on this block while riding their bikes. So Chill OUT and pay attention…the streets belong to more than just the sacred automobile and its inefficient fuel source that is destroying this planet. On your way down Houston, please stop at the Sunshine Theatre and see Al Gore’s movie, inconvenient truth…you might learn something. Thank you and drive responsibly…or not, cause if you kill someone…you won’t be charged with anything. Have a nice day.

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On June 5th a woman was killed in Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn, apparently this was not reported on until recently when there have been two other tragic bike deaths…

Posted: Tuesday, 06 June 2006 7:06AM

Dump Truck Kills Cyclist in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — A dump truck struck and killed a bicyclist on
Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn last night.

New York City Police say 41-year-old Donna Goodson of Brooklyn was
pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital shortly after the accident at
ten p.m.

Police say both the truck and bike were southbound on Rockaway
Parkwayy when the truck made a right turn onto Avenue D. The driver
apparently didn’t see the bike rider on the side of the truck.

Police say no charges were filed.
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And the third was the doctor who was hit by a NYPD tow truck on the West side greenway of all places…where they want us to ride…

Dr. Carl Nacht, died this morning. Doctor of Internal medicine at Roosevelt’s Hospital.

Apparently we are not all bike riding anarchists…

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Oh yeah there was this too that happend in June…
1010 WINS: Bicyclist Pinned Under City Bus After Cab Accident

Monday, June 19th
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A bicycle rider heading North on 10th Avenue in
Manhattan was struck by a city bus pinning both legs under one of the
bus’ tire.

The incident happened around 6:30pm Monday near the intersection of 10th
Avenue and 44th street. The bicyclist was riding down 10th Avenue when
a cabbie stopped, opened up his front door striking the biker. The
bicyclist fell straight into the path of the city bus, pinning both legs
under the front doorway tire .

Emergency Service Units and the FDNY were able to successfully free the
man from under the bus. He was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital.

No word on his condition though his injuries are not considered life
threatening.
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At least there is some justice…

Queens: Man is Sentenced in Fatal Accident

By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: June 22, 2006
A Flushing man was sentenced yesterday in State Supreme Court to two and
a half to five years in prison for fatally striking a restaurant worker
with his car last October, prosecutors said. The driver, Joung Il Cho,
38, pleaded guilty on May 1 to vehicular manslaughter for killing the
worker, Angel Quizhpi, 24, who was riding his bicycle on Northern
Boulevard when he was struck on Oct. 29, said Richard A. Brown, the
Queens district attorney. Mr. Brown said that after the accident, the
driver was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.195 percent, more
than twice the legal limit of .08 percent.

Watch out on West Side Highway, Bike Path

Its nice to have your own bicycle greenway that takes you up and down the Westside of Manhattan, if your into that sort of thing. There are obstacles, like dumb struck tourists gawking at the Intrept museum and now NYPD tow trucks that are in a real hurry to get your vehicle to the lot and back out there to make more cash. Who’s got time to yeild to bicyclists, even if it is the law and that bike path is designed for safe travel…right?!

an article from NY1 about a cyclist injured on the Greenway Thursday, June 22nd at 11:30pm

Cyclist In Critical Condition After Colliding With Tow Truck
A 56-year-old man is fighting for his life after being struck by an NYPD tow truck while riding his bicycle on the West Side Highway bike path at around 11:30 Thursday night.

The tow truck was headed southbound and making a right turn into the Pier 76 pound facility with a vehicle in tow when it struck the cyclist, who was heading northbound with a companion on the bike path near 12th Avenue.

According to standard procedure, the tow truck driver was given a breathalyzer. No arrests were made and no tickets were issued.

However, the incident does raise some critical questions, including why the driver wasn’t issued a ticket for failure to yield the right of way. Drivers in the area have to pass a big sign saying they have to yield to cyclists, and even if the cyclist had a red light, the tow truck in this case would have also had a red light.

Cyclists along the path say they have become accustomed to being constantly on the lookout.

“I’ve been using this path for years riding from 86th down,” said bicyclist Ruth Spencer. “Now that there’s two accidents in my building and now this, I’ll be even more careful.”

While NY1 reporter Gary Anthony Ramsay was conducting an interview with one cyclist, another cyclist off camera was hit by a car making a right turn into the piers. The cyclist was unharmed, other than some cuts and bruises, but he stood up after the incident and shouted to the driver that he had the right of way.

“It happens a lot,” said the cyclist Paul Barenholz. “People don’t respect the right of way, they don’t watch when they’re turning here. I just got back from Denmark. They respect bicyclists there, they respect lanes, people look to the right when they make a right turn. All the automobiles do it.”

While the NYPD has been unable to completely resolve the circumstances of Thursday night’s incident, it does appear to highlight what has become a dangerous intersection.

Skids and Sprints


Besides the 24th annual Mermaid Parade at Coney Island it is also the 8th Annual Skids and Sprints for Cash!!

Article about bike messenger coop in Chicago

Photo of Rene Cudal, Jen Greenberg, Josh Corby, Jack McLaughlin and Mike Morell, of 4 Star Courier in Chicago. Photo by Jon Randolph.

4 star courier is not like other messenger companies. It is worker owned and operated, the only one in Chicago and only the third in the country.

Here is an article about it in the Chicago Reader.

More Rumble photos and Bicycle Film Festival in LA


Kevin Dillard of demoncats has done it again. Kevin is a really good photographer and has posted some sharp photos of the recent rumble thru the Bronx. Check it out photos for rumble
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Upcoming Events…(let’s review)

Friday, June 23rd Pittsburgh-Track day and BBQ flyer for BBQ

then an alleycat on the 24th-War Haul Flyer

Saturday, June 24th-NYC, Mermaid Parade, track bike tricks, alleycat from Coney Island to Wiliamsburg
Time’s Up is talking about a ride out there…more details to come…last minute.

Philadelphia-Rocky 4…”I must break you”

next week:
Photo from last years Bicycle Fetish Day in WIlliamsburg Brookyln

July 1st, Bicycle fetish day and alleycat with prizes including 10 tickets for the North American Cycle Courier Championships in Philly.

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Bicycle Film Festival is in LA June 21st-June 24th

Bicycle Film Fest Rolls into LA
June 21 -24
http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com

WENDESDAY, JUNE 21
JOY RIDE: art show celebrating bikes
with Swoon, Michel Gondry, Shepard Fairey, Steve MacDonald.
Valet bicycle parking provided by Bikestation Coalition Don O’Melveny Gallery
5472 Wilshire Blvd. Near La Brea | Los Angeles

BIKES ROCK!!
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
The Smell
247 South Main Street
Los Angeles

Yikes (member of Coachwhips, OCS and Pink And Brown from SF) Silver Daggers Fuck Wolf (SF) The Pope

JUNE 23-24
BIKE MOVIES
Get your tickets!!
http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com