So, Ethan Benton of Laek House fashions…has a piece up showing his wears…on this website that claims to be, “the spot for racing and cycling culture in NYC.” ny velocity.com Here you can see some of the designs Ethan and Laek house are coming out with. Bike designs page
You can also read about others doing the bike culture t-shirt design thing.
nybma overheard some valuable information…watch out the Ticket Blitz might be back.
February 1st, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Lit bar on 2nd Ave, was packed with all kinds of bikers. Not the kind in leather chaps, no these bikers had their non motorized bicycles valet parked outside to celebrate the upcoming bicycle film festival. Festival Director Brendt Barbur and anthem magazine hosted this pre-warm up party to celebrate 6 strong years of this unique festival. It premiered in NYC but has now spread to many countries all over the world and is expanding to a total of 10 cities for 2006. The festival will draw over 40,000 people. The event, is more than just films about bikes it is a weekend of bicycle related events and brings together all the diverse sub-cultures of the bicycle community. Inside the packed bar brooklyn brewery, always a strong supporter of the bike world donated free beer for an hour. Anthem magazines were distributed and the bar teemed with messengers, activists, bike film makers and bicycle fans galore. Bike riders were treated to valet parking by Luke Son, who hung out in the cold all night just to watch the bikes…Thanks dude. The Bike Film Festival is in NYC May 10-14th. The submission deadline for your bike films is February 17th. So get on it! Bike hangin out Bikers arrive crowd in the bar. LIT Lounge 93 2nd Ave. @ East 5th St. Manhattan Festival Director Brendt Barbur Tomas, take great pictures of bikers and critical mass. Chris, the lost Viking and Sam, from Team Spider Chris (on the right) is one of the producers of Still We Ride and one of the directors of Warriors the bike race, both premiered at the Bicycle Film Festival messengers doin stuff in the back Me and Andrew Lynn who went on the radio show with David Lee Roth and one of the directors of Still We Ride Me and Jesse Epstein, one of the directors of Warriors and she also made the trailer for Bike Film Festival 2005, which is up on the website My buddy Mark “jailbird” Read DJ and Downhill bike racer Ted Shred mixing it up. There were some audio problems…I think Ted was too much power for them to handle, but his 25 second set..rocked.
So a lot of rumors floating out there about the Friday Critical Mass. First off, the guy who helped the injured police officer… Is not a cop! He is an EMT and volunteer bike mechanic for TIME’S UP. See, we care.
There is someone accused for felony assault. I do not know if this person is still in jail. Another arrestee, who was nabbed after critical mass was long over, was in jail till about 9:00pm yesterday. This was due to forgetting about a ticket for public urination….oooohhh, almost as big a crime as bike riding.
Sarah Ferguson-village voice reporter, has updated her report about the ride:
Critical Chaos: Two Cops Hurt, 17 Arrested at Mass Ride
By Sarah Ferguson | January 27, 2006
The monthly Critical Mass ride in Manhattan took a turn for the worse tonight when two scooter cops slammed into each other as they were trying to head off the flow of cyclists. Less than 10 minutes after leaving Union Square, a pack of about 100 bikers was moving south on Third Avenue when a line of 14 scooter cops patrolling alongside abruptly veered left to cut off the ride.
One scooter cop slammed into another scooter, throwing the cop several feet from his scooter. He landed hard on the pavement, hitting his shoulder and head, as the scooter cop in back toppled over. A cyclist who identified himself an EMT stopped to assist the scooter cops, who were sprawled out on the street, before ambulances came to take them away on stretchers.
The two cops were treated for back and neck complaints at Bellevue Hospital, but a police spokesperson said the injuries were not believed to be serious.
“He was thrashing about in pain. His entire upper left torso was numb, which is a sign of deep impact,” said Luke Son of the first cop who flew off his scooter. A Columbia student and licensed EMT, Son volunteers as a bike mechanic for Times Up, an environmental group which promotes the mass ride as a demonstration against “car-culture.”
Cops on the scene were clearly pissed. “He landed straight on his head,” said one scooter cop who asked not to be identified. “It’s not fun and games any more.” ————————-
Barbara Ross, of Time’s Up, wrote this press release on the situation of the NYC January 27th Critical Mass…
ime’s Up! calls on the police to end their attack on Critical Mass now that it is apparent that their tactics create a dangerous situation for the public and themselves.
NEW YORK, NY (JANUARY 28, 2006) — EMT-licensed cyclist Luke Son was the first responder in an incident where two police scooters collided while chasing participants in last night’s monthly Critical Mass bike ride, January 27, 2006. “The behavior of the undercover agitators has gotten progressively more dangerous and what happened tonight is a perfect example. People are getting hurt on the streets,” said Time’s Up! volunteer Barbara Ross. Son, a volunteer mechanic with Time’s Up!, stated that as scooters were blocking the line of riders and driving into cyclists, he witnessed one police officer slam his scooter into another. Son dismounted, yelling “I’m an EMT,” and attended to the fallen police officers, fully aware that other cyclists were being arrested next to him. “I just went into emergency mode, and I dropped my bike and made sure the scene was safe.”
Despite the evident dangers of such behavior, police continued later that night to use hazardous tactics in their attempts to prevent cyclists from continuing to ride. Cyclist Aaron Grogan recalled that “as we rode through midtown, an unmarked police SUV forced its way through the mass at high speed, exhibiting reckless disregard for the safety of every rider in its path.” Grogan asserted that these vehicles stopped suddenly and unpredictably in front of cyclists, often attempting to “door” the riders by opening their doors as bikers were riding alongside. “It is evident that even the most obvious of safety concerns take a back seat to their obsession with making arrests,” Grogan stated. Nine arrestees were held at the First Precinct and seven at the Ninth. TIME’S UP! is a non-profit environmental group that has been using educational outreach and direct action for the last 15 years to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city. —————————————
Thanks to all that came out for the Time’s Up/Bike TV screening at the space. AWESOME turnout.
Next stop is a party for the bicycle film festival at LIT bar. Monday, January 30th, 10pm-4am. 93 2nd Ave. @ East 5th St. bicycle film festival
Police officer is loaded into ambulance after collision on tonights critical mass ride. Photo by Fritz Askew. OH NO, two cops got hurt on tonights ride trying to tackle cyclist engaged in the very illegal activity of riding their bikes.
mark my words the NYPD will be harping on this ride for the next five years. “Critical Mass, was fine, until those cops got hurt.”
Just like all anyone can talk about happening at the WTO in Seattle was a few windows being broken.
Here is the latest from the village voice blog on last nights critical mass, January 27th.
Oh yeah, and David Lee Roth was no where to be found. I’m sure he’ll be discussing the cops injuries on Monday’s show. link to article
Two Scooter Cops Hurt at Critical Mass By Sarah Ferguson | January 27, 2006
The monthly Critical Mass Critical Mass ride in Manhattan took a turn for the worse tonight when two scooter cops slammed into each other as they were trying to head off the flow of cyclists.
Less than 10 minutes after leaving Union Square, a pack of about 100 bikers was moving south on Third Avenue when a line of 14 scooter cops patrolling alongside abruptly veered left to cut off the ride.
One scooter cop slammed into another scooter, injuring himself and throwing the second officer forward about four feet. The second officer was also hurt, having landing on his shoulder and head. A cyclist who identified himself an EMT stopped to assist the scooter cops, who were laid out on the street, before ambulances came to take them away on stretchers. The two cops were treated for back and neck complaints at Bellevue Hospital, but a police spokesperson said the injuries were not believed to be serious.
Cops on the scene were clearly pissed. “He landed straight on his head,” said one scooter cop who asked not to be identified. “It’s not fun and games any more.”
Four bikers were arrested at the scene and their bikes carted away in a police truck, along with three police scooters that were disabled in the collision.
“We made a move to head off the bicyclists and the group bolted through the line of scooters, causing the accident. That’s the bottom line,” the scooter cop explained of the collision. “The bikes were caught in the middle of it. Some got knocked over, and the rest are being chased down as we speak.”
Eight more cyclists were arrested at 13th Street and Broadway, and there were reports of police dooring cyclists or arresting bikers as they attempted to leave the ride and go home.
Critical Mass riders said the police officers had behaved recklessly. Joe Pinto, a cab driver who was parked on the side of the road at the time of the incident, described the events this way:
“The cops abruptly turned to head off the bikes and one scooter tried to avoid the bikes and the back scooter hit the back tired of the front scooter and it just flipped him completely over his bike. He went down pretty hard. . . . The bikes were moving pretty aggressively when the cops moved to cut them off, and the cops weren’t stopping either. It was just a cluster fuck. “I’ve been caught in traffic jams and lost money because of these bike guys, and I feed my family from this, so I don’t have a lot of of sympathy for them. My brother’s a cop.”
So Elizabeth Press and Andrew Lynn, two of the three directors of “Still We Ride” were on 92.3 Krock this morning talking with former front man of Van Halen, David Lee Roth. David now hosts the time slot where Howard Stern used to be before his mass exodus to pay-radio. Apparently David is a cyclists, who doesn’t own a car in New York and has a interest in what this Critical Mass, thing is all about. Andrew and Elizabeth did an excellent job of explaining both about the ride and how it has been cracked down on in the last year and a half. David also stated he might be very interested in coming to the critical mass this Friday.
This ended up being about 45 minutes of talk which means David Lee Roth was interested in what was going on. He called it a BIG NEWS STORY.
We shall see if David comes to the ride tomorrow. Howard Stern never talked about critical mass!
The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation will be presenting a new and revised plan for the north end of Union Square Park at Community Board 5′s Parks Committee meeting on Monday, January 30, at 6 p.m. at the Fashion Institute of Technology, “A” Building, 8th floor, 227 W. 27th St. near Eighth Avenue. Please see below the information provided by the Parks Department that describes the Project, which includes the playground, plaza area, and pavilion restoration, and provides a rendering of the playground.
CITY OF NEW YORK – PARKS & RECREATION Fact Sheet from City of New York, Department of Parks & Recreation
David Lee Roth? Remember “Hot for Teacher” the video on MTV with big haired kids playing a young Van Halen? Remember learning David had a Bar Mitzvah? How bout when he got busted for buying weed in Washington Square Park. Oh, that Sammy Hagar Breakup was rough. But Fear not, the badboy who was swinging from a harness during Panama now has more to eat em up and smile about. He’s sitting in the hotseat of Howard Stern who has gone off to Satelite Radio fame. AND DAVID LEE ROTH rides a bike and wants to talk about Critical Mass! YEAH DIVER DOWN! Smolka, yeah hear that? Van Halen is cool again and your not.
Andrew Lynn of “Still we ride” the movie, has a blog and posted this anouncement:
so… its true. the former Van Halen rocker rides a bike in New York City.
What’s more crazy is that he has invited two of the directors of Still We Ride on to his new morning show to talk about the crackdown on Critical Mass and biking issues in the city. that is also true! i swear.
According to one of his producers who contacted us recently, ‘Dave’ doesnt know much about Critical Mass, but wants to ‘learn more’ and ‘educate his audience’.
Now, I have never heard the show, which apparently has replaced Howard Stern in the mornings in 5 cities across the US, but I have read that it is not that great of a show. So who knows about ‘his audience’? Roth has little to know radio personality experience and is supposedly difficult to work with. Do a quick google search and pick from a handful of negative reviews that pop up.
But that doesnt really matter. What has materialized very quickly is an opportunity for bicycling issues in New York City to have a national ‘mainstream’ audience. Its pretty weird… and amazing. We are nervous… and chuckling.
So… tune in and tell your friends!! from what we understand, we will be guests on the show at about 8:15 AM on THIS THURSDAY, January 27, 2006.