or we get a bunch of alleycat races and some bad horror movie remakes…in the meantime enjoy this video of Tom Waits on a bike
So no 666 race in NYC. Josh Whitesnake and Bill Dozer of messnyc, were set to organize the race but they had schedule conflicts. Both of them were out in Portland Oregon for the Westside Invitational.
Josh describes the scene on what went down:
“On Monday, (5-31-06) during the West Side Polo tourney, Bill Dozer was involved in a t-bone collision with another cyclist that resulted in Bill flying off his bike, and landing square onto the end of the other guy’s handlebars.
He was able to stand up, walk to the bench, and then passed out. He got to ride in an ambulance, and then was rushed in to emergency surgery. Bill broke a rib at his sternum, puncturing his lung, and I believe lacerating one of the arteries that runs through his lung. His blood pressure was dropping, as his lung filled with blood.
The doctors did an electro- or echo-cardiogram (which i think is a kraftwerk song from the Tour de France lp) that showed that they had stopped the bleeding.
Bill is still in the hospital, no longer on breathing machine, no longer in ICU, but still under observation. He still has a chest tube, and some pumping machines and all sorts of wires and the like protruding from his body, which is held together by staples… (I’m putting someone from PDX on assignment to get photos of this — do you have a camera? get some flattering pictures of my boy. )
I spoke to him yesterday, he sounded like himself. A sedated sort of normal. Bill being quiet is pretty disturbing though, despite the morphine.
I don’t really know anything else. I am sure he will be fine, because I can’t really deal with any other possible future. I don’t have much religion, so I won’t ask for your prayers. I do believe in the power of positive thinking though, so maybe you want to give some loving thoughts to your friend.
Remember to be safe. I love my family, and hate it when you’re hurt.”
Portland’s Bike Messenger Association has set up a way to help donate to Bill and his medical costs…
Since then there has been an update on his condition written by Joel-
“from stopping by to visit bill this afternoon, youve basically got
hes resting better today – im told he was having trouble sleeping
hes had a steady stream of visitors, and his mom is in town, so
he took a pretty solid hit – i saw it happen, and frankly it was
im just happy hes alive – his mom said the doctor told her that when
hes definitely a very sedate bill, though he was able to flip me off,
im told that the collection taken for him at the polo tourney got a
another reminder that it can happen when you least expect it – no
Bill, speedy recovery.
Dolomite 1000 has pictures up from the polo invitational
6+6+06 is a date and a great number for all those fans of Satanic fantasy like Hollywood’s frieghtening lack of originality and has to keep remaking old stories like the Omen. But it is also a great day to terrorize your city with an alleycat during rushhour.
If not in NYC, you can go to alleycats in other towns like Ottawa:
Because it is better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.
Visit the website
Or go to Boston– Boston 666
and Kansas City Missouri the Sweetest Plum
Crumpler Bags, that loveable messenger bag company who sponsers us in our events like alleycats and goldsprints is giving you a chance to get free stuff…for Beer.
That’s right, trade Coopers, Fosters, Chimay (which is French for expensive) for Crumpler Bags, cell phone cases and other of their products.
I will also bite from Gothamist …I should get a free bag!!
For the next week, the Crumpler stores are running their famous beer for bags program. The idea is simple: you bring in a specified amount of beer, and they give you a bag. At the end of the week, all the beer is used to fuel a huge party. The nice lady who runs the Spring Street branch told us they’ve been doing this for years in Australia, but this is the first time they’ve tried the program in New York. Here is the full trade-in schedule, courtesy of Thrillist (which is:–***thrillist***is a quick, free, 4-times-weekly email that sifts through the crap to find guys the best in gadgets, services, events, restaurants, bars, and travel. Thrillist has two editions: Thrillist New York, which covers everything specific to NY, and Thrillist Nation, which serves up info that every man in America can take advantage of.
The Winkler: 4 cans Boddingtons
No word yet on the giveaway party, but we’ll post details when they become available.
Now remember kids, a case is 24 bottles…not sold at your local Bodega and will feel like a big truck run..so calculate the time and money it takes to get this stuff. If its a big party, I mean they gotta do something with all that Beer. So it might be worth it.
We’re talking two Crumpler stores in Manhattan—Crumpler, 45 Spring St., at Mulberry St. (212-334-9391)
I believe this runs all week through the 11th of June (next Sunday) but check it out before you lug a case of Coopers cross town.
Feel free to let me know more details or how your experience went.
Uhm. The NYC 6-6-06 alleycat is no more. But there are a butt load of scrambles throughout the world to make everyone happy including Damien.
More info on this to come.
In NYC, June 4th (Sunday) is the 2nd Annual Tour de Brooklyn, hosted by Transportation Alternatives…This year promises to be a better route.
2nd Annual Tour de Brooklyn
Check-in: 8 am
We ride rain or shine!
Join hundreds of friends and neighbors for the 2nd Annual Tour de Brooklyn. The Tour kicks off from Herbert Von King Park (formerly known as Tompkins Park) in Bed-Stuy. The 18 mile route will take you through scenic Brooklyn neighborhoods to the tip of Greenpoint, and follow along the waterfront (featuring many portions of the planned Brooklyn Greenway Waterfront), down to DUMBO and Red Hook, returning to Herbert Von King Park.
If you’ve never visited Herbert Von King Park before, join our feeder rides, leaving from Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park and Cadman Plaza near the Brooklyn Bridge. Both rides will depart promptly at 7:45, arriving at Herbert Von King Park by 8:15. Safety marshals will be provided by both. See “Getting There” for more details.
This is a family friendly ride at a leisurely pace, escorted by the police and safety marshals. There will be one rest stop along the way where you can take a break, check out the scenery and grab a complimentary snack.
Watch a movie from last year
Picture of “plain clothes” police video taping bike riders on May Critical Mass in NYC.
writes a great account of the NYC May Critical Mass…
Melanie Howe wrote:
“On Friday another 5 people were arrested, and 3 more detained without
Sat, May 27, 2006
Members of Critical Mass Winnipeg — an activist group that promotes bicycle use over automobiles — claim police used excessive force when several cyclists were arrested near the provincial legislature.
Police followed approximately 50 cyclists — many dressed in costumes in what was apparently a display of self-expression — along their route before trying to arrest some members near the corner of Donald Street and Broadway around 5:30 p.m.
Melanie Howe, who was taking part in the monthly bike ride, said she wasn’t sure how everything started. Earlier, police stopped traffic at the corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street so the cyclists could proceed.
“I saw several cops chase after this bicyclist and grab him in a headlock from the back,” said Howe, who wore fairy wings and antennae. “I saw one fellow with a cop’s knee on his head; he was being pressed to the ground.”
Shaun Martin said police and some of his fellow cyclists were jawing at one another before all hell broke loose.
“People started arguing with the cops. There’s some anti-establishment sentiment going on here. I guess some guys got aggressive and things got out of hand,” he said. “It was just crazy. Absolutely crazy.”
Police Insp. Steve Pilote said five adults were arrested in total and face traffic-related charges in addition to possible charges stemming from the scuffle that broke out.
Critical Mass members, who gathered outside the Public Safety Building following the arrests, said some cyclists were injured and one might have suffered a broken leg but Pilote said any injuries were relatively minor.
“I don’t know of anybody that has any injuries that were of any consequence,” he said. “I would expect there might be some scrapes and bumps on both sides but nobody went to the hospital or anything like that.”
Several Critical Mass members were arrested earlier this month for allegedly disrupting traffic to protest Operation Charging Bison, a military exercise that took place in Winnipeg.
Mike Dee fixes his wheel in Malcom X park in DC
More photos at: pics
So, I am working and not at the Bike Month Critical Mass. But our favorite Lost Viking is going to call me with updates: There he is now…
400 people at Union Square,
8 scooter cops and 2 golf carts.
Wide variety of cyclists from BMX, lots of Grey Haired bicyclists, with smolka mobiles on their heads, a 7 year old is on the ride. So wide variety of age groups. Some people are wearing their “Smolka Polka” T-shirts that Team Spider made for the Revelocity party.
Check back later for updates
15 Scooter cops came up the wrong way on Broadway (illegal motor vehicle move, endangering people) and trapped the ride, began ticketing people at 8th and Broadway.
People at 8th and Broadway got really bizarre tickets. Told by police that they are being stopped and ticketed for being in the middle of the street…hmmm, I thought you were supposed to ride your bike in the street. Anyway, ticket says…bikes were more than 2 abreast, which legally we have found to be a ridiculous charge. People being ticketed were told to stay in the middle of the street while being written the bogus offense. Tourist from Amsterdam got ticket on his first critical mass, now he has a court date and is leaving the country in a week…welcome to NYC.
More ticketing activity on 22nd and 6th, Ride is broken up and heading up 6th Ave.
Chris stayed at 8th and Broadway and just saw a bunch of scooter cops cross broadway heading over to 6th Ave. Activity. Scooter cops being tailed by 5 cops cars. Another good use of our finest officers and our precious tax resources. I’m sure this is the most important crime going on right now.
Beth O’Brien, bike enthusiast, is helping me edit this from a lighting truck in the middle of Long Island City, but the crew got Sushi tonight, so thats ok.
Sounds like there is a reconvene at Columbus Circle, the lost viking is living up to his name…he is somewhere in Alphabet city with a two straglers eating seaweed appetite suppressents…Lost Viking has a hunger for justice.
Someone at Columbus Circle reported about 1/2 the ride is there (200 or so) This spot was listed on the spoke card, distrubted at Union Square…they are waiting for more people to show…
People have left Columbus Circle, about 150 or so. Some were afraid to leave because of being completely surrounded. Cops chased people into Central Park.
Meanwhile the lost viking followed a bunch of scooter cops headed to Time’s Square to set an ambush. This is nothing unusual, the cops always think the riders are going to go to Time’s Square, like its our Medina!
At Columbus Circle a woman with a bike was buying ice cream from a truck. She was slightly in the street, police arrested her.
A Group of about 60 people were riding single file in one lane down 5th Ave. An unmarked black SUV stopped the ride around 42nd and 5th, infront of the New York Public Library. The riders were held until scooter cops arrived and began a ticket frenzy. One woman got 3 tickets. One guy had recieved a ticket earlier for not having a head lamp. At the Library he was issued another ticket for no light…He pleaded with the cops and said, what am I supposed to do…go to a bike shop and get a lamp. He was rewarded with two more tickets. Some people were given tickets for being too far to the right, some people were given tickets for being two far left. Let’s review…you can’t be in the middle of the street, you can’t be to the left and you can’t be to the right….hmmmm. Oh I just figured it out. THESE TICKETS ARE COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT issued by a police force with little instruction about what is going on other than to just give out tickets regardless of logic. After all, people will still have to appear in court, losing a day of work to plead their case and be less likely to attend the next ride. I think the word for this is HARASSMENT!
Got a report that around 40th and Broadway a woman was doored by a cop car while in motion. She was in the bike lane. She face planted and broke her colar bone. There is credible evidence that entire incident was witnessed.
New reports caught on video…At Columbus Circle people were chanting: “Domestic spying” as 4 undercovers were violating the Hanshu agreement and video taping people not engaged in unlawful activity.
Also there is a report that cops went into a crowd of 70 people at Columbus Circle and targeted people. The stopped one woman who did not have id and arrested her.
Well, people are at 49 East Houston reviewing their video tape and recapping the bizarre night.
Special note to all…this was a loose experiment for me to report on critical mass from people on the ride. Some of the information was witnessed by people, some was video taped, some was rumors heard from other people at other locations.
Velo love forever!
Andrew Lynn, one of the producer/directors of Still we ride posted this message:
Hi bike movie people…
i wanted to let everyone know that a short video (4 min.) i put together
you can watch it here:
ride bikes & make movies !!
Here is the Saturday, May 27th schedule of videos…wow all in one day!!!
THE 11TH ANNUAL LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL
SCHEDULE OF FILMS
Please note – Schedule Subject to change.
12:00PM – PERMANENT VACATION
1:30PM – SMOPSM-REMIX
VISIT PALESTINE, 10 DAYS ON THE WEST Bank
2:45PM – BERLIN/NY
BORN IN FLAMES
4:45PM – CRITICAL MASS HALLOWEEN 2000
STILL WE RIDE
6:15PM – GARBAGE
UP AGAINST THE WALL MOTHERFUCKERS
9:00PM – HOT THROBBING COCK
THE LADY IN QUESTION IS CHARLES BUSCH
11:00PM – TORTURED BY JOY
BAD BRAINS LIVE 1987 AT 1018