Vlad is Rad

Vladimir Teichberg, otherwise know as Vlad…has done some cool things with video. He is a member of the glass bead collective who does cool projections at parties and has contributed to a number of documentaries about protests such as Mandate and Watch This! about the Republican National Convention. Along with Chrisitian, he came up with this simple but cool rig to video critical mass…and he got an article in this week’s October 25th, 2006 | Category: General | 7 comments - (Comments are closed)

NYPD sucks

Did I mention that. So does our so-called civic leadership. What the fuck is the problem with these city council people? We elect people like Council speaker Christine Quinn and then they stab us in the back and applaude the police for their new parade regulations? We are not a free society. They say the terrorists hate our freedom? Like the freedom to go to the police and beg for their permission to have a bike ride???

Ok I’m calming down, 10…9…8…ok…whew.

Here is a recap of what is going on.

October 18th the NY Times annouced that the Police had redifined what a parade is and that people would have to ask for a permit in order to have a “parade.”

Manhattan: New Rules for Parade Permits

Published: October 18, 2006
The New York Times

After recent court rulings found the Police Department’s parade regulations too vague, the department is moving to require parade permits for groups of 10 or more bicyclists or pedestrians who plan to travel more than two city blocks without complying with traffic laws. It is also pushing to require permits for groups of 30 or more bicyclists or pedestrians who obey traffic laws. The new rules are expected to be unveiled in a public notice today. The department will discuss them at a hearing on Nov. 27. Norman Siegel, a lawyer whose clients include bicyclists, said the new rules “raise serious civil liberties issues.”

Here is my translation of what this is all about:

We the NYPD have been royally embarassed at our failed attempts to stop a peaceful, non-confrontational bike ride known as critical mass. We have tried every trick in the book…orange nets, violent arrests, stealing bikes, lying to people, using under cover cops, wasting tax resources with helicopters which end up spying on people making out on roofs. Faslifing video footage, dooring people, raming them with scooters…it just hasn’t worked. Often times things have backfired like we crashed into each other on our scooters and the same people we are trying to arrest ended up being an EMT and helping our fallen officers. We have been investigated by the NYtimes, we have gotten thrown out of Federal court, thrown out of State court. We just can’t get one over on these damn bike riders who have been doing this ride for 10 years without a problem. We were told that critical mass is a violent group who stops traffic and loves Sadam Hussien and ever since the Republican National Convention in 2004 we haven’t been able to stop this damn thing which really doesn’t break the law and hardly ties up trafffic any more than every day in Midtown when we shut down Time’s square so Justin Timberlake can perform on MTV. So we are trying a 2nd attempt to define what a parade is…we think we finally got them this time and instead of having this agreed on by a wide range of the city council we are defining what the rules are and besides Christine Quinn likes it so…there.

So here we go again.

Here is what Christine Quinn said in response to the police taking upon themselves to decide what is legal and illegal:


Re: NYPD Parade Regulations

The New York City Police Department’s proposed regulations for when and what activities will require parade permits are a substantial improvement over regulations proposed earlier.

We are very pleased that the NYPD was receptive to our suggestions for a practical approach to traffic and public safety issues.

New York City is a symbol of creativity and free expression for people around the world. It is difficult to balance the protection of civil liberties with the need for public order. We believe that the newly proposed rules have struck a better balance. We hope that the Police Department will carefully consider all the comments that they receive from individuals and groups during this public comment period. We hope too that the Police Department will be open to additional suggestions of ways to better balance the competing interests at stake.

Here is my translation of what Christine Quinn is saying:

“New York City is a symbol of creativity and free expression for people around the world. So I think it is perfectly ok for the NYPD to do what ever it thinks is best to stop one of the greatest events of creativity and free expression, like critical mass. I also think its ok for the NYPD to define the rules and not have it be decided on by the city council as a representative form of governance. After all the NYPD know best. I don’t care what the evidence says or what the NY Times reports on. I will turn a blind eye, much like my mayor and never address the real issues of our civil liberties being flushed down the toliet. For example when he invites 5,000 republicans to have a party here, we will imprision 1,000 demonstators in a toxic bus depot for 48 hours and continue to wage war on free speech and free expression. Lets clog up the courts with arrests that get thrown out and confiscate bicycles and yes lets spend thousands of dollars to stop a monthly bike ride that goes on in 300 cities around the world. Now I hope Mayor Bloomberg will give me a raise.”

Please go to: assemble for rights to learn more about what is going on.

Here is what Tod said on suckapants

This just in from Time’s Up, the NYPD has given it another go redifining their unconstitutional parade law (the main crutch of their Critical Mass persecution). Unfortunately it seems to have appeased important early opponents, such as Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. Blurb from the NY Times below, more info at OnNYTurf and Razor Apple. Looks like the famous Halloween ride might be the last one before we return to the days of arresting hippies on bikes in NYC again. Sigh.

Oh, and PS. Apparently there is also a provision in the works to make it a crime to PROMOTE any such “illegal” activity. That’s right, you are now no longer allowed to say what you want about what you want. But wait, I’m sure you knew that already. Anyone else see that movie V For Vendetta?

also visit:

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On Ny Turf
Time’s Up
razor apple


The funest day ever on two wheels…two bikes…welded together!

Noon…Saturday October 28th…Black Label’s bike kill 06


In another of the important high priority category of what the city needs…we find another lame duck…no, not a Jets stadium on the West side highway or a NASCAR track on Staten Island. This time its a giant water park on Randall’s Island. Now not to be a spoiler of anyone’s wet fun…but my first thought is…have you ever been to Randall’s island besides for a rock concert? The place smells…bad. Not the kind of smell that would make me want to frolic in a giant wave pool with thousands of New Yorkers. What needs to be happening with Randall’s Island is for it to stop being a dumping ground and start to embrace the nature. One person who knows a lot about this is environmentalist and community activist Harry Bubbins. Harry has done tireless work in organizing and protecting of community gardens in the South Bronx, leading environmental bike and kayak tours and working with young people to gain a better understanding of their environment.

Harry has been focusing his efforts on fighting the water park and more info on his work can be found at friends of Brook park

Now you can help by sponsering Harry in a triatholon…here is a letter from Harry:

Dear Friends,

As you know, I have been working hard to stop the water theme park on
Randall’s Island and to preserve this rich resource for all New Yorkers.

This Saturday I am going to be in a triathlon for the cause, and I need you
to sponsor me!

Even just $1 a mile will go a long way to helping our lawyers push this case
through to victory for all of us.

Please make a donation at:

preserve Randall’s island

and to learn more. (And to see a picture of me at the only other triathlon
I have ever done!)

Please pass this on to your friends and family and colleagues with a note.

Our goal is $1,000 in one week.

I will be thinking about you and your support as I run, bike and kayak the
approximately 19 mile course.



Down Under…

I would love to just report on fun cycling events all the time…unfortunately the NYPD is once again proceeding with the enormous stick up their ass and trying to stop critical mass once and for all, thus spoiling the fun.

More on that later.

Meanwhile, this weekend Sydney Australia played host to the 14th annual World Cycle Messenger Championships

Messengers from around the world competed in alleycat races, closed course races and specific skill competitions like trackstands and skids, all to see who is the fastest messenger in the world.

Here are the results:


Main Race
World Champion Male –
1st Raphael Faiss/ Lusanne
2nd Super Mike / San Francisco
3rd Rob Beijsens/ Eindhoven

Female –
1st Sarah Torgrimson/ San Francisco
2nd Anja Raecher/ Zurich
3rd Emma James / Sydney

Main Race first fixed – Male
Shino / Tokyo
Sarah / San Francisco

Alley Cats King of the streets –
Crazy Dave / Sydney
Best out of towner – Bruce Beran / D.C.

Sprints Male Rob Beijsens/ Eindhoven

Female Mary Maroon/ Sacramento

Skids Male Alex Farioletti/ NYC

Female Sarah Torgrimson/ San Francisco

Trackstand Male Andy Zalan / DC

Female Sarah / San Francisco

Backward circles Male Andy Zalan / DC

Female Megan / LA

Bunny Hop Turkey / Sydney

Wheelies Distance Felipe / NYC

Style Andy Zalan / DC

Here is an article from ABC news in Australia which came out Oct. 2nd.

article by Mark Colvin

you can also listen to the story at this link on MP3, real audio or WIndows media player.

Last night on the 11 o’clock news

Last night on CBS local news, there was a story about Jacob Redding who has been videotaping on the critical mass rides. Reporter Ti Hua Chang, who has been good at following up on these types of critical mass abuse related stories investigates weather or not you can video tape police activity.

Here is a video link to the story.

A transcript of the story can be found on

Basically, the police can force you to stop activities if YOU are being arrested and NOT if you are observing, as long as you are not interfering with the arrest…which the police can always say that you are. It is clear that the videographers were video tapping police harrassment of the critical mass riders from the sidewalk and NOT interfering in the arrest of Jacob Redding, who was being arrested and had his camera damaged by another officer.

My tips to video people from several years of offensive protesting is:

1) the police CAN and Will try and break your equipment, confiscate your stuff and disrupt your legal documenting of their wrongful activity as much as they can. I have seen just about every trick in the book, such as physical assaults, shooting at camera people with Non-lethal weapons, even telling local residents to steal peoples video equipment.

2) be aware of your surroundings, keep cameras close to your body, try to be stealth and not let people know your shooting, although sometimes your documenting of the situation may protect you.

3) always keep the camera rolling when you are in a hostile situation. Try and get cops badges, names, street signs and as much information that you can.

4) it is always good to remove the tape and put it in a safe place after illegal activity is taking place.

5) who knows, your footage may be used in a major networks report and that is BAD press for the NYPD.

Craigs list bike pictures

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could go to a site and just browse bikes for sale on craigs list in pictures. Now you can. Ryan alerted me about this site.

updated daily.

Build a Green Bakery…Bike Friendly

I first saw this on streetsblog. An eco-friendly bakery that gives 50% off to people arriving by bicycle. I asked the owner about it and she wrote back…

“Thanks for the email. Offering such a friendly discount to bicycling bakery customers is an effort to reach an enviromentally-friendly customer that is just as concerned about alternative transportation as they are organic & sustainably produced foods.

We think of ourselves as the greenest bakery on the planet: the floors, walls, paints, organic ingredients, staff uniforms, and energy practices – you name it. But we don’t want our “green-ness” to stop at our front door. We want to encourage other businesses and home owners to green their environments, so we are happy to grant tours and talk to groups about why we think green construction is important. We want to encourage walking, use of public transportation, and bicycles as alternatives to cars, so we offer discounts to cyclists. I guess you could say that it started when a customer came from Brooklyn via bike just to get a muffin from our bakery. We thought that was so great for someone to travel on bike from another borough just for our muffin, that we started offering discounts to customers arriving on bike.”

Sara Jane Weeks
General Manager
Birdbath, a k a Build A Green Bakery, a k a The City Bakery

The greenest bakery on the planet.

223 First Ave. in Manhattan.

Spreading the word on a bike Creep.

This was originally posted on the NYBMA website and I want to spread the word:

Last week, a pedestrian was sexually assaulted by a messenger who used his agility in traffic to evade her, a cab, and a cop. Behaviour like this is NOT cool, and the bicycle community cannot condone it. If you think you might know who this guy is, please alert the NYBMA with information on him. Our frequently maligned public image doesn’t need stuff like this. The pedestrian’s letter to Squid & Amy is below:

“I’m hoping you can get the word out about a bike messenger that assaulted me on Madison Avenue at 33rd Street on Wednesday 10/11 at about 2:30pm.

I was walking on Madison towards a car that was waiting for me when a bike messenger riding towards me made a sharp turn at me, mumbled something and grabbed my breast as he rode past. I chased after him, as did a cab driver who witnessed the event, and even a police officer tried to catch him on foot, but he weaved in an out of traffic and got away.

He was a scrawny dark-skinned man wearing a beat up, dark colored bag that had 4 rows of what looked like taped-over or removed block lettering and/or numbers on the flap.

I think it’s a shame that there is a messenger out there sexually assaulting women on the street while taking advantage of his ability to make a quick getaway through traffic. While he may have enjoyed himself, I’ve been unable to sleep and am furious at myself for not knocking his ass off his bike when he got too close. I have an enormous amount of respect for cyclist in the city and never dreamed he was swerving at me to grab my breast, I simply assumed he was swerving away from a car. Unfortunately I was wrong, but will certainly never make that mistake again.”

PLEASE EVERYBODY WATCH OUT FOR THIS CREEP! If you know him please contact the NYBMA.

October 21st. Graffitti Ride

Saturday, October 21st is the Graffiti Tour Ride hosted by three photobloggers, Jake Dobkin, Mike Epstein and Will Sherman.

This will be a bike tour of local graffiti artists work.

Check out the website for more info.

The ride meets at 12:00 PM at the corner of Pitt and Delancey in Manhattan.