Will from On Ny Turf, got a ticket at the last critical mass for not being to far over to the right…while stopped at a red light. Check out the full description of what happened.
“Hard to imagine I might ever hear those worlds given some of my views, but that is what NYPD Officer 757 told me as he gave me a ticket friday night while I was waiting at a red light. My penance for riding Critical Mass this month.” ————— Also Chia had this happen to her on Friday morning
I was riding over the Williamsburg Bridge this morning, as usual. I’ve noticed, along with everybody else, the recent presence of a lot of cops on the bridge lately. Especially the ones that sit in their 3-wheeler carts right in the middle of the bike path. I will admit that I tend to yell at the ones that block traffic as I go by. I try to let them know that I don’t appreciate their presence, and that they’re making things more dangerous for everybody. Today was no different.
There was a cop parked on the right (uphill) lane of the Brooklyn side, clogging things up, and I let him know that as I went by. Within 20 seconds, he was behind me, beeping to get past me. I didn’t move aside at all, so he had to wait until the downhill side was clear, then he buzzed by me up the bridge. I caught up to him again almost at the top of the bridge, where he had parked again in the right (uphill) lane. I saw him check me out coming up behind him, and so I let him know he was still in the way. On the way down the bridge, I noticed that this guy was now following me down the bridge in his little cart. Close to the bottom of the bridge, he passed me by again on the left, only to stop short and park again on the right (now downhill) side, almost at the very bottom of the Manhattan side. I had to pass this guy again on the left, and as I did I observed him checking me out and talking into his radio. As I got off the bridge and popped onto Delancey, I noticed a police car pull out into traffic right behind me. This guy then proceeded to TAIL me for about four blocks, until I think I ended up losing him in traffic around Chrystie St. Nothing more really happened, and the rest of my commute was relatively smooth.
So that’s my story. Nothing too dramatic, unless police harassment counts. It really sucks to say, though, that police intimidation is pretty routine now in this city.
But I figured that I should pass along this story to you, and whomever else you see fit to spread it along to. (Feel free to spread, by the way). Especially with tonight being the Mass – be aware that the cops are already out in force. And it seems like they’re itching for a fight.
Puma has been hosting a track series in three different cities. It started in LA, then Chicago and finally ended in NYC. The idea of the events, which was mostly created by Squid (Team PUMA nyc) and John Campo, was to give messengers a chance to win tickets to the 2006 Cycle Messenger World Championships in Sydney Australia. Airfare alone to this event would cost upwards of $1,700 a piece so this was a huge prize to win. The VeloCity Tour was created. This weekend was a chance for NYC’s hardest to show their stuff at the Kissena Park velodrome where lots of urban riders have been racing over the summer. The competition was tough featuring 4916 of which Alex took home a ticket in LA. Also Godspeed Messengers from Boston, Puma, Trackstar and some hotshots out there on their own.
Full standings will probably be available soon on the velocity tour website.
Friday night was NYC critical mass on the heels of the NYPD backing down on enforcing new rules on parading. This did not stop a large police presence of scooter cops and ticketing, continuing the harassment of cyclists. There is also evidence that police stopped a videographer and knocked his camera to the ground…so much for free speech.
Of course, I missed another Critical Mass and instead went to the King Kog hosted: New Jack City Alley Cat.
We got to play drug dealer and the object of the race was to sell as much: “Crack” as you could in an hour and a half. Kind of like that first PDA video game we all wasted time with: Drug Dealer. The race started around 8:00pm in front of King Kog bike shop on Hope St. in the Willy B. This is where you registered and got a spoke card of an UZI and phat t-shirt that Team Screen designed with the slogan: “Crack Kills.” Then Bill from Messnyc, announced the rules of the game and gave the first location of the “Carter House” (From the movie New Jack City). The race worked like this. You go to the Carter house to get Crack and a manifest which has the location of 3 places to sell the crack and get your manifest marked with a green sharpie. Every sell is one mark, per checkpoint, until you fill up the manifest and thus…need to get some MO CRACK. So you ride back to the Carter house, get new viles and a new manifest…the one who sells the most…WINS. But there was a snafu…Cause crime don’t always pay and the Man is out there to bust you. 2 people were randomly selected to be cops, they were competing to see who could make the most busts. Armed with a red and blue sharpie if they caught you at a checkpoint (where a deal was going down) you got busted and recieved a red or blue mark on the manifest and 0 points. The cops looked like other riders and would hang out at the checkpoints to spoil your game.
We got some good video of this race but my helmet cam somehow turned off after a half hour and we didn’t get the great footage of “officer” Ken taking his role of the undercover cop…to the extreme.
I believe Sean won this race. More details will soon be posted…probably by Ken on the NYBMA website.
So the police decided to back off on their parade facsi—I mean parade regulations. They obviously didn’t want to make a big fuss when me and Samantha were away on our Honeymoon. Good move on their part cause we were gonna give them hell!
But we all know the fight is far from over.
Here is an upcoming free screening from Transportation Alternatives of the documentary…”contested streets.”
EXPERTS DISCUSS NYCâ€™S TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND SCREEN CONTESTED STREETS: BREAKING NYC GRIDLOCK AS PART OF SOLAR ONEâ€™S SOLAR-POWERED FILM SERIES
New York, New York (August 22, 2006) â€“ A new survey released by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign this summer shows that more than three-fourths of New Yorkers (79%) consider traffic jams on city streets to be a problem, including 53% who consider it a â€œmajor problem.â€ The same survey finds that 59% of New Yorkers say the mayor is doing only a â€œfairâ€ to â€œpoorâ€ job of reducing traffic jams and delays on city streets, highways and bridges
This stands in stark contrast to cities around the world like London, Paris and Copenhagen that are fighting back against traffic congestion, in part by switching trips to mass transit, cycling and walking.
Leaders in New York are taking notice, both of this problem and the solutions posed in a new film, co-produced by Transportation Alternatives, called Contested Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock. The film has been screened for business leaders and at the NYC City Council.
Now Transportation Alternatives is working to take the film to audiences across the city. A free public screening will take place on Saturday, August 26th at Solar 1 in Stuyvesant Cove Park (E. 23rd Street and the East River) as part of their Solar Powered Film Series.
At 8 pm there will be a panel discussion about NYCâ€™s traffic problem and what groups around the city and around the world are doing to fight traffic. The panel will feature: Alexis Perrotta: Senior Policy Analyst, Regional Plan Association Ethan Kent: Vice President, Project for Public Spaces Glenn McAnanama: Founder, Upper Green Side and blogger featured on The Oil Drum and StreetsBlog Matthew Roth: Director, NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign Moderator: Dani Simons: Deputy Director, Transportation Alternatives
At 9 pm there will be a screening of Contested Streets. The screening is free and open to the public. Guests can enjoy delicious refreshments generously donated by the Birdbath Bakery, the cityâ€™s first sustainably built and managed bakery; as well organic wine, Brooklyn Brewery beer and other choice treats.
August 24th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Congratulations to us. Samantha and I had an amazing wedding up at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian NY. We had a short but symbolic bike ride on Saturday morning and then me and my sweetie rode off on our new tandem after the beautiful ceremony. Thanks to all our friends and family who came out and celebrated this amazing weekend with us.
There is just too much damn shit going on in the world of bikes to put bikeblog on hold. I will be out of town till August 23rd in Mexico for my Honeymoon. Meanwhile…John Neese, otherwise known as “Bronx” John has passed away. Here are the details from the NYBMA website, which includes information on a memorial ride tomorrow for John.
Bronx John WILL be missed…. On the morning of Saturday August 12th, John Neese – more well known as “Bronx John” – was pronounced dead and taken off of the life support that had been keeping him alive since his accident on Wednesday night. His mother has been contacted, and was at Belleview when the announcement was made. John was a beloved, long time member of the messenger community, and will be greatly missed. There will be a memorial ride for him and Darren Lewis, who died Thursday morning, on Tuesday, August 15th. It is scheduled to start at 8pm in the plaza across from the Javits Center on 11th Avenue between 35th and 36th street (where Cranksgiving starts). The ride will pass the locations of Darren and John’s accidents, and end in Williamsburg. We will then go to Rock Star bar (S. 5th & Kent) where people will have a chance to say some words about both of them.-NYBMA
Also King Kog, track bike shop in Williamsburg, posted the same information and gave this quote:
John was the HOMIE!…The nicest guy, always laughing and having a good time…He had my back just as he did everyone else’s…
August 14th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
I said this was it for August…but this is important. One of our own, a veteran of the messenger community is in a coma after an accident on his bike Wednesday night. It happened on South 4th and Roebling in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The guys name is “Bronx” John and his is in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital. John is a real solid, nice and friendly guy. My prayers are with you John…get well soon.
What? How can this be? In an ideal world I would spend my entire day mining the internet for wacky new bicycle innovations; reporting on alleycats and other messenger related events and posting all of your rants and observations on the NYPD’s jihad against our two wheeled warriors…wait a minute…that is what I do all day. Well I have to take a bit of a break because I am burnt out and I am getting married next week to the amazing Samantha Lobis who somehow tolerates my pretense for internet viewing and published rantings. Then we are off to Mexico for a brief honeymoon in a country that doesn’t just sit idle when their elections are being contested but rather march 2 million people in the streets to shut down the downtown area. Although we will be on the beach sipping margaritas and hopefully not being too despised by the locals who are innodated with fat clueless tourists who spend their money in mega-resorts and not into the local economy. We will tell them we are from Canada..eh and Dos Cervezas Por Favor. Then I come back on the day of the public hearing and its off the 2006 North American Cycle Courier Championships. As you can see my plate is a little full right now. I know what your thinking…How can I get through my day without your important compilation of bike related material? It will be difficult…Especially in this harsh political climate against bikes as record breaking globally warm heatwaves plague us and thousands of innocent civilians get laser guided missiles dropped on them so our Hummers can get groceries at Walmart 10 blocks from our homes built with old growth lumber. All I can say is channel your fustrations against that damn blogger stopping his rants to go and marry the state into ACTION. Write your city council members and tell them they are being left out of the process of parade definitions because the crybaby police are tired of riding their little scooters into us and writing tickets with code violations that don’t exist. Tell them to represent you and to tell Bloomberg, Kelly and Smolka that the police are supposed to enforce the laws…not make them up.
Bike Blog will return to your regularly scheduled bike culture news in September…Bigger and Better on into the year 3000. (and maybe even figure out how to use html code)
Now let us all join in the words of the great spiritual hym…Still We Ride, Still We Ride…Thank God Almighty…Still We Ride!