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Tour de Lemond this Saturday.



Demoncats Racing in Washington DC is hosting an amazing 3 person team alleycat this Saturday to raise money for the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund

There are 19 team registered for the race promising to be intense, long and testing of physical strength.

There is a four courses: Overall, Hill Climb, Sprinter and a team time trial.

It’s going to be one hell of a race, with lots of prizes for the team and winners of the individual stages (hillclimb, sprinter, etc)

Check the Promo video from playintraffic productions.

Here we go again…(please read whole post…it is important)

In the never ending quest of the NYPD to try and deal with Critical Mass, their next move on the chess board is this…

Article in NYTIMES

Police Seek New Controls on Protesters and Bicyclists

By AL BAKER
Published: July 19, 2006 NYTimes Metro Section

The Police Department wants to require parade permits for bicyclists traveling in groups of 20 or more, and any bicyclists or walkers who take to the streets in groups of two or more and disobey traffic laws for things like parades, races or protests, according to a public notice filed with the city.

The department also wants to require a parade permit for groups of 35 or more protesters who restrict themselves to the sidewalk, officially clarifying a regulation that court rulings described as too vague, according to a police spokesman.

Taken together, the three new rules — which the department will discuss at a public hearing on Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at police headquarters — would redefine the type of protest and the number of protesters allowed to demonstrate in New York City without first applying for approval from the Police Department.

Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said the new rules, if adopted, would “threaten to substantially restrict protests.”

Other critics of the department have questioned whether the police are authorized to make such changes without approval from the City Council, but Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, said the police commissioner had the authority under the City Charter to amend regulations concerning public safety.

Mr. Browne said that after recent court rulings found the department’s parade regulations too vague, the department moved to clarify them with these amendments. As a practical matter, he said, the department always believed it had the authority to make arrests under the existing regulations and often did.

“A permit effectively allows activities that would otherwise be illegal, such as disregarding traffic signals or blocking pedestrian traffic, to go forward with the police making accommodations such as the rerouting of pedestrian or vehicular traffic,” Mr. Browne said. “Nothing in the amendments changes the penalties.”

In its notice, the department said the rules were necessary for public safety. “These amendments are intended to clarify the circumstances under which groups using city streets or sidewalks for purposes of assembly are required to obtain a permit,” the notice said.

“By clarifying the type of activity that constitutes a parade and is thus required to obtain a permit,” the notice said, “these rules are designed to protect the health and safety of participants in group events on the public streets and sidewalks and members of the public who find themselves in the vicinity of these events.”

Advocates for bicyclists and others said the two new rules for bicyclists appeared to stem from the department’s and the city’s continuing dispute with bicyclists over monthly Critical Mass rides around Manhattan. The rides are held on the last Friday evening of each month to advocate nonpolluting forms of transportation.

In the case of requiring two or more bicyclists or walkers to get a permit, the department is simply trying to prevent participants in public protests like Critical Mass from blocking traffic. Under the changed rules, the police would control traffic, as they do in customary parades. On Feb. 14, a judge suggested that the city consider changing its rules for what constitutes a parade or procession, a lawyer for the group, Norman Siegel, said yesterday. That case is still pending, Mr. Siegel said.

Mr. Siegel questioned whether the department had the authority to change the definitions of when a parade permit is needed.

“My instinctive reaction is he cannot do this, it has to go to the City Council,” Mr. Siegel said, referring to Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.

Mr. Browne said the commissioner’s powers were clear. Notably, during the Republican National Convention in 2004, the police spontaneously allowed some protests to go ahead, on sidewalks or in the streets, even without march permits.

Mr. Siegel said that even if the police had the authority to change the rules, “it’s antithetical to the principles and values of the right to protest that New York is associated with. This is simply unacceptable.”

Some officials, including Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr., said the police seemed to be within guidelines in amending the rules, which he said were considered part of internal rules the department can change, rather than administrative codes written by lawmakers.

In the court case, the city is claiming that bicyclists who ride together need a permit, while defendants say they encourage riders to ride together in small groups for safety, “until the city creates a safe bicycling infrastructure,” said Bill DiPaola, the director of Time’s Up, a nonprofit environmental group in the city.

In a previous case, Judge William H. Pauley III of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that bicyclists did not need a permit to ride in groups, said Mr. DiPaola, whose group provides legal support for Critical Mass participants.
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I hate to flatter myself and think this is about just the bikers…but I think it is an accurate assessment in what has prompted this behavior and again it is really sad. Civilians are being killed in Lebanon in response to military actions taken by Hezbollah, thus further destabilizing an already unstable Middle East. Bush pulls a Veto of important scientific research that could save thousands of lives in order to protect human life and we are worried about how many people march in the streets in NYC??? Repeat after me…P-O-L-I-C-E S-T-A-T-E.

and about this part from the article…Mr. Browne said the commissioner’s powers were clear. Notably, during the Republican National Convention in 2004, the police spontaneously allowed some protests to go ahead, on sidewalks or in the streets, even without march permits.

ALLOWED PROTESTS TO GO AHEAD???? uhhh, nothing was allowed…every demonstration I went to during the RNC and I went to pretty much all of them was meet with serious resistance from the NYPD…have we all forgotten so soon…the detaining on the sidewalk, the arrests, 48 hours in a garbage dump toxic bus depot, breaking up gatherings with a moped goon squad that ran us over with mopeds, random searches…yes they really allowed us a lot. How nice of them.

Somehow the NYPD keeps forgetting this silly little thing we have called THE CONSTITUTION…that GUARANTEES our rights of FREE ASSEMBLY. WE SHALL HAVE TO REMIND THEM.

Can you imagine asking for APPROVAL from the police department to exercise your constitutional rights????? Excuse me officer 35 of my friends would like to go for a walk…is that ok with you? No? Oh I have to file for a permit? Ok I did that? Oh you took 2 weeks to respond to me and now its too late? Damn, oh well better luck next time? “F that!”

If you believe in Freedom as an American please come to this public hearing, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at police headquarters.

There will be a press conference on this new proposed ruling at the Time’s Up Space today at 10:30am, 49 East Houston St.

I feel sick.

Once we have all been embedded with electronic monitoring devises none of this will mater. The police can just arrest through blue tooth when we even think about protesting. Can’t wait.

this is number 5647478 signing off, awaiting reprogramming and permission from the NYPD.

Please leave comments on what you think of this…

Meanwhile I am getting lots of reports of police harassment towards bikers…like this story:

Mike,
Hi, I read your blog occasionally to keep up on bicycle events in NYC. I recall reading on the blog a few days ago about the cops cracking down in central park and the thing that caught my attention was they were going to use radar guns. Well tonight (7/17/06) on my way home from work I was crossing the Williamsburg Bridge and when I get off the bridge in Brooklyn an unmarked cop car was sitting there. Sure enough a block later he pulls me over. He goes through this whole long thing. The jist of it is he claims I was doing 33mph down the bridge which is rated 30mph. I highly doubt I was going over 20mph. I use to ride with a speedometer and I never broke 30mph. I ride a mountain bike with street tires which are pretty wide but light tread…. Anyways I didn’t think he was going to ticket me for the claimed 3mph over. He randomly asks if I am aware of the laws regarding riding on the sidewalk which I wasn’t doing and he never accused me of doing. He then went on to ask if I had a bell and lights even though it wasn’t dark yet and lights weren’t needed but I showed I had them anyways. They said they had some tool to test the blinking speed of the lights and they were going to test but then decided not to. They mentioned my treads were almost warn out. They also took my ID and recorded info off of it and asked me generic questions like how long had I been riding and how often do I ride. It seems to me they pull over bikers claiming they are speeding even though they have no plans for ticketing for it even if it were true (who is going to ticket for 3mph over?) Then what they want to write you tickets for is lack of bell and lights.

Just wanted to give you a heads up. What interests me is if a lot of people are getting caught in the same situation. Getting accused of doing speeds they could never dream of doing then having their bike inspected. It seems if this is happening to everyone then we could probably file complaints against the city for harrassment. I have never heard of people getting pulled over for speeding and even getting a ticket for it then having their car fully inspected inside and out….
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New Orleans rebuilds…Bikes

Check out what is going on in New Orleans with the Plan B community bike project.

Job OPP.

Perhaps you’ve already heard the rumors, but after 12 years as Executive
Director of Recycle-A-Bicycle, Karen Overton has decided that it is time
to move on to new projects. Which means that Recycle-A-Bicycle is hiring
a new Executive Director. Please help us circulate the job description
far and wide.

Job Announcement: Executive Director, Recycle-a-Bicycle

Recycle-a-Bicycle (RAB) is an innovative youth training and
environmental education initiative that has taken root both in New York
City public schools and in respected after-school youth programs. The
organization is a model social business venture that combines
instruction in bicycle repair and small business management with
promotion of recycling and bicycling as a non-polluting means of urban
transportation. RAB operates successful bicycle shops specializing in
the sale of refurbished bicycles in the East Village and DUMBO,
Brooklyn, as well as a training/manufacturing center in Long Island
City.

The executive director is responsible for:
* Setting the organization’s strategic direction.
* Development activities to sustain operations and support growth.
* Financial management and oversight of senior staff (3 shop/project
managers and specialized positions like communications, book-keeper).
* Serving as the public face of the organization at community and
project events.
* Reporting to the organization’s board of directors at quarterly
meetings and on an as-needed basis.

Requirements:
* Dedication to youth training & development
* Belief in the bicycle as a vehicle for youth training & environmental
education
* Experience managing a non-profit corporation
* Fundraising experience
* Bachelors degree

This is a unique opportunity for a professional interested in
integrating a social mission within a business environment.

Please send cover letter indicating salary range expectations and a
resume to: hiring@recycleabicycle.org
Only those candidates invited to interview will be notified. Thank you
for your time and interest in becoming a part of Recycle-a-Bicycle, Inc.

Training rides for the NYC Century Bike Tour.

This posting came to me From Dani Simons
Communications and Development Director for Transportation Alterntives

Transportation Alternatives and Spokes and Strings are co-hosting free training rides to get folks in shape (and used to riding on the streets) in preparation for T.A.’s annual NYC Century Bike Tour. Rides are open to all, pre-registration is strongly recommended so we can make sure we have enough turnsheets and volunteer marshals on the rides. RSVP to events2@transalt.org. Register for the NYC Century Bike Tour which will take place on Sunday September 10th, at www.NYCCentury.org, proceeds benefit the advocacy work of Transportation Alternatives.

NYC Century Bike Tour Training Rides
All rides will start and finish at Spokes and Strings bike shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Enjoy a morning ride along Riverside Drive up to the Cloisters, a trip to the Far Rockaways, or explore the Bronx greenways on the way to Orchard Beach. All rides will begin with a brief orientation about group riding, safety, and basic cycling etiquette. These rides will roll at a medium pace (12-15 mph) and are ideal for beginner to intermediate cyclists. Flat to rolling terrain. Please bring a spare tube and a pump, some pocket money, a Metrocard in case of emergency, snacks and plenty of water. We will provide turnsheets and an experienced ride leader.

Saturday, July 29th
8am-2pm
50 mile ride to Orchard Beach

Saturday, August 12th
75 mile ride to the Far Rockaways and outer Queens
8am-5pm

Saturday, August 26th
90 mile ride TBA
8am-5pm

Video of Brooklyn Critical Mass


This video comes from Mike Pidel. It is of the July, Brooklyn Critical Mass…check it out at google video.

Video Link

Results of the Legend of Zelda Race

Here is a little recap of the Zelda Race from Boston.

Just under 80 people registered. I only did results up until top 3 female and out of town finished, then I stopped. Get faster if you want results next time!

Results:

NAME CITY NUMBER Time
1 J TOMLIN BOSTON 155 01:17
2 MARTIN BOSTON 60 01:20
3 CROTH BOSTON 69 01:20
4 JOSH BOSTON 134 01:24
5 SOUZA BOSTON 105 01:27
6 LUCAS BOSTON 21 01:29
7 PETER BOSTON 110 01:30
8 BECKER BOSTON 169 01:30
9 TYLER BOSTON 106 01:34
10 AUSTIN NYC 78 01:35
11 MIKER BOSTON 2 01:37
12 JEN BOSTON 154 01:39 FEMALE
13 ROZ BOSTON 114 01:41 FEMALE
14 ROB BOSTON 96 01:45
15 CHRIS BOSTON 100 01:46
16 BEN CHICAGO 102 01:46
17 SETH BOSTON 101 01:46
18 HOWELL BOSTON 98 01:48
19 BRIAN BOSTON 159 01:50
20 IAN BOSTON 4 01:50
21 BEN BOSTON 129 01:51
22 GREG BOSTON 94 01:51
23 COLIN BOSTON 136 01:52
24 ANDREW BOSTON 95 01:52
25 CARLO BOSTON 116 01:54
26 MICHAEL BOSTON 146 02:01
27 TIM BOSTON 131 02:04
28 HEIDI BOSTON 166 02:05 FEMALE
29 JASON PHILADELPHIA 144 02:05

2 Alleycat Races this weekend and article


One is in Boston, Saturday the 15th

The Legend of Zelda Race

The Legend of Zelda Replay race is tommorow. I’m hereby announcing the start of the race to be:

The Hatch Shell on the Charles River bikepath. From there ALL racers will go directly to Winthrop Sq. to receive their manifest. After that, you’re on your own with your maps until you defeat Ganon atop Death Mountain and sprint to the finish line which is The Squealing Pig on Smith St, off Huntington Ave in Mission Hill/Roxbury/Northeastern territory.

See ya’ll there, be safe, and any questions please get in touch!

Jacob–jacobsmoller@gmail.com

More on the race based on this 80’s video game series–Wikipedia definition of Zelda…”The Legend of Zelda series (often shortened to just Zelda, TLoZ, or LoZ), first published on February 21, 1986 by Nintendo, is a series of video games created by the celebrated game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. In Japan the series is known as ゼルダの伝説 (Zeruda no Densetsu), often shortened to just ゼル伝 (Zeru-Den). The games are primarily set in a fantasy world, in the Kingdom of Hyrule, although some have been set in different countries or other equally fantastic worlds. The gameplay consists of a mixture of action, adventure, role-playing, and puzzle-solving, occasionally with minor platform elements. The series is known for its beautiful and inspiring settings, creative gameplay, interesting characters, stirring original music, and high overall production values. It is widely considered one of the most influential video game franchises ever created. It also claimed the #1 spot on G4’s 100 Greatest Games of All Time. As of September 2005, the Legend of Zelda series has sold 47 million units.[1]

—-Here is information on the race–

i sure hope you have a good map.

one day, an evil army attacked the land of hyrule and stole the triforce of power. this army was led by ganon, the powerful prince of darkness who sought to plunge the world into fear and darkness under his rule. fearing his wicked rule princess zelda split up the triforce of wisdom into eight fragments and hid them throughout the realm to save the last remaining triforce from the clutches of the evil ganon. at the same time, she commanded her most trustworthy nursemaid, impa, to secretly escape into the land and go find someone with enough courage to destroy the evil ganon. upon hearing this, ganon grew angry and imprisoned the princess. impa has finally found someone she believes up to the task of freeing the princess.

it is your mission to free princess zelda! collect the 8 pieces of the triforce of wisdom and defeat gannon in his lair atop death mountain to free her from his grasp.

the 8 pieces of the triforce are hidden in 8 different labrynths around hyrule. the locations of all 8 of these labrynths are listed on the map you will get at the race start. after collecting all of these 8 pieces, reuniting the triforce, you will be strong enough to travel to death mountain to defeat the prince of darkness, ganon.

the location of death mountain will be revealed to you at one of the 8 labrynths.

you may visit the labrynths in any order you choose, but you must go to all of them in order to be strong enough to battle gannon atop death mountain.

if you are able to defeat gannon, you can then sprint to the finish line, which will be announced online at the same time as the race start.

good luck to you, and travel safely. the princess depends on your courage!

prizes from:

crumpler
chrome
fortyninesixteen
laek house
kryptonite
jacobs custom bicycles

first out of town prize is a custom track frame. is that enough incentive?

Special note–
This is to be a race, not a scavenger hunt or anything like that. First crazy ******* over the line wins stuff. There are no points, bonuses, whatever. You ride faster, pick the better route, you win!

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Also the 2nd Race–
Kings of New England

Check the flyer
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Article about Sydney Bike Messengers

Wheels turn as feet are beaten by fingers

Sydney Morning Herald, July 15, 2006

There was a time not so long ago when tattoos, cut-off shorts and
shoulder satchels appeared to rule Sydney’s streets.

It was the late 1990s, the dotcom boom was in full swing and hundreds
of bicycle couriers roamed the central business district at will,
pausing for no man – or red light.

So hectored were pedestrians by wheel-borne urban cowboys that in 2002
the City of Sydney pressured bicycle courier companies to sign an
accord, in which they promised to refrain from intimidating or
endangering other road users.

Four years on, bicycle couriers have become the endangered species,
their numbers dwindling in the face of an ever-greater take-up of
high-speed internet, PDF files, digital photography and audio.

Simon McKenzie, from the Sydney Bicycle Messengers Association,
estimates that the legion of riders carving up the CBD has shrunk by
almost 75 per cent since 2000: “Back then you had more than 10 bicycle
courier companies employing close to 250 riders. Now you’ve got seven
businesses and about 70 riders, although the numbers fluctuate
throughout the year.

“When the Y2K scare came along, no one wanted to use their computers.
Since they got over that, our work has been in steady decline,” Mr
McKenzie says.

Couriers make marginally less money an hour than they did six years
ago, he says, “but back then they could work much longer hours so the
difference is a lot bigger than you think”.

In the mid-’80s, New York had more than 7000 bicycle couriers. During
the dotcom years there were 2500 and now there are barely more than
1000, says Joel Metz, who has a courier business in Portland, Oregon,
and helps run the International Federation of Bike Messenger
Associations.

Although he believes talk about the death of the bicycle courier may be
premature, Mr Metz concedes that business is on the wane: “Whether
[the] dent is due primarily to the general downturn of the economy …
or to changing methods of sending information … I’m sure either point
could be argued.”

Electronic file transfers will “change what the industry moves, but in
the end, we’ll adapt and rebound – perhaps not to pre-email heights,
but enough”.

There will always be deliveries that can be made only in person, says
Craig Otis, a courier for more than 17 years who is now with Sydney’s
Toll Fast.

“Our biggest clients would be legal firms with original documents that
need to be signed for, or investment banks or travel agencies sending
tickets – wherever you have a document that can’t be reproduced there’s
a need for us,” he says.

Business might not be booming, but solidarity among bicycle couriers is
as strong as ever. In October Sydney will host more than 500
competitors from dozens of countries at the Cycle Messenger World
Championship.
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Messenger Institute for Media Accuracy

Rally against Ratner


Did I mention Time’s Up is leading a ride to the Ratner Rally on Sunday?

the BIKE RIDE meets at 12pm on Sunday, July 16th at the Fulton Ferry Landing Peir

***Ride to Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn’s Rally***

NEW ENCLOSURES: DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN tours & tackles Brooklyn Bridge Park, Metrotech, Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning, BAM Cultural District, Atlantic Malls, Atlantic Yards

NEW ENCLOSURES: Ride to Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn’s Rally
A bike ride tour to explore & expose the current redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn.

The current narrative for downtown Brooklyn is relentlessly upbeat:
Brooklyn is booming in an unparalleled renaissance.

Is there another side of the story? This ride will explore some of these mega-projects and probe their less heralded impacts: privatized open space, demapped public streets, gentrification, business improvement districts, surveillance cameras, eminent domain, astroturf lobbying, private security forces, quality of life, the war on vendors.

Is Brooklyn becoming a privatized zone for high-income consumption?

The ride will conclude at 2pm in Grand Army Plaza, where Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn is holding a rally against the Atlantic Yards mega-project. Times-Up! is a member of the Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn Coalition.

more info on the Atlantic Rail Yards Project at:

Develop Don’t Destroy
No Land Grab
Atlantic Yards Report
On NY Turf
Daily Gotham
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In even bigger news…Reality TV show star Jia Santos

was hit by a bus while riding her bike.

Hollywood.com news story

‘Project Runway’ Contestant Seriously Injured’

By WENN| Friday, July 14, 2006

HOLLYWOOD – A contestant on the latest season of Project Runway was seriously injured by a New York City bus near the climax of the fashion reality show.

Hungarian model Jia Santos, real name Eliza Jakubek, was struck by a bus while cycling to the Heidi Klum-hosted program’s studio.

The 18-year-old’s agent, Avenue Models’ Javier Hernandez, tells the New York Daily News, “She was dragged underneath the bus.

“She fractured her skull and her eye socket and was in critical condition for three days. Now she has been in intensive care for a month.

“Everyone from the show has been really supportive and offered their help to get her parents a visa to visit her in the hospital and work on a benefit for her.”

After waking up in hospital, Hernandez’s first words were, “Am I still on Project Runway?”
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My first words would have been a little different.
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In even Greater news…The European Cycle Messenger Championships were held in Helsinki Finland…July 6th-9th.

Here is a little blub from wikipedia

“Although the idea of modern bicycle messengers is thought to have originated in North America, it has now spread throughout the developed world. The attraction of this service is that it provides a cheap and fast method of sending messages around an inner-city area with heavy traffic. The bicycle messenger is most common outside America in northern and eastern Europe, with large and organised bodies of couriers in such cities as London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Zurich, Warsaw, Budapest and Dublin, among others. In London motorcycle couriers are as common as bicycle couriers for historical reasons and most couriers services provide both motorbike and bicycle couriers.
There is an annual European Cycle Messenger Championships, or “ECMC”, which takes place in a different city on the continent every year. Strangely, the concept has never really caught on in southern Europe, which is the heartland of world competitive cycling. As a result, there are very few bicycle couriers in Portugal, France, Spain or Italy.

Josh Whitesnake from Mess NYC has a photo report.

on the mess site you can check out a report on the Chunk 666 chunkcatholon and get a link to the video of the flaming bikes of death

EVENTS

Ok, I’m late for work and I still got to put air in my tires from a horrible day of flats yesterday….ugh.

This will be brief…

Tonight is Brooklyn Critical Mass. You should all know the dates and places…just check the archive or go to the Time’s Up website.

Then tonight is the Time’s Up/Rude Mechanical Orchestra..fundraiser.

Sunday…go to the beach.

Also this Sunday is a Rally to stop Bruce Ratner from DESTROYING Brooklyn…Stadium deals are no brainers…The Rich win and take our property and give us unaffordable housing and bad traffic, while they get skyboxs to watch the Nets on our tax dollar. And we wonder why Johnny can’t read.

go to develop don’t destroy