Here is a link to pictures taken on Sunday’s Time’s Up Memorial ride for Andre Anderson.
Come on OUT!
WHAT: A Great Party for a Great Cause!
This Saturday, May 20th, we celebrate the strange and stalwart, the
It will be a night of surprises; of special guests; of unexpected
LIVE BANDS ON TWO STAGES and DJS EXTRAORDINAIRE
BIKE-THEMED ART EXHIBITION and SILENT AUCTION
THE INFAMOUS BIKE BLENDER
ON-THE-SPOT SILKSCREENING BY ANTIMART
VIDEO PROJECTIONS and MUG-SHOT PHOTOBOOTH
At Dick Shea’s Dance Studios, 69 West 14th St (at 6th Ave.)
All proceeds from this event will go towards the legal defense of
Here is what the race organizer had to say about the event on bikeforums…”so here’s the SUPERSTORY: I have a comic book shop and a bikeshop sponsor, plus bagjack in berlin who will sponsor a NYC superheroes alleycat. The idea and course is pretty much solid: It’s solo and teams of two (ambiguously gay duos) who have to hit checkpoints that require particular super powers.. or in somecase require superpowers just to get to the CP.
It’s a long, brutal race with CP’s that correspond to the real NYC superhero points of interest.
The advantage to racing as a crimefighting team is that only one person has to “Do” the CP. But both have to be present, together. Between the last CP and the Finish is a dead sprint. Only then will you know who is the “superhero” and who is the “sidekick.”
If i do it, I’ll need to drop a good amount of dough on the CP’s & some “special” prizes.
To me, it’s the ultimate alleycat that I would prefer to race and not organize. But it must happen.
Check Ella’s Blog for more details.
Photo of Andre’s family, taken on the Time’s Up Memorial Ride, by photographer Tod Seelie
Photos by Philipp Rassmann
“A fabulous time was had by all at the Roving Garden Parade on Saturday. Many people showed up costumed in various flowered, buggy and birdy garb, some on wheels others on feet. The Rude Mechanical Orchestra and Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir kept the procession hopping as we spread the word about the 65 gardens endangered
Perhaps the best part was that we proved that we can take to the streets in an un-permitted action sucessfully many of us without our bikes/getaway vehicles and the cops generally allowed us to do it. (with a little griping about one way streets and asking people not on bikes to go back on the sidewalk)
The race ended with a glorious track event called “Track-o-Rama” with a vicious footdown, skids, backwards circles and trackstand hosted by NYC’s fixed gear culture shop…Trackstar.
My Flickr page has some photos of the days events…videos to come on messnyc very soon…I am editing right now.
Check the NYBMA for a great summary of the events and pictures including…Carlos awesome video.
-Bridge Battle Alleycat meets at 23rd and FDR (bandshell) at 1:30pm race around 2:00pm
-Trackstar is throwing a block party/skids competition along with the Bicycle Film Festival-Track-o-Rama.
-Times up is throwing a roving garden parade in honor of our community gardens. 2:00pm in the center of Tompkin Square Park. Look for the festively dressed people.
-3rd night of the Bicycle Film Festival with lots of great shorts on biking including one I made about Deathrace 2005 alleycat and the Awesome low budget Messenger movie that started it all PEDAL. at 7:00pm
-Time’s Up Prospect Park Moonlight ride is also tonight…Meet at 9:00pm at Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn for a nice night time ride of the park.
-After party for all today’s events. Darrly-Dane Nau and Blacken presents: Bikeage @ the Delancey, 168 Delancey St. (betwen Clinton and Attorney)
Ok, I was a little unclear…The Mermorial Ride for Andre Anderson is as follows:
Memorial Ride for Andre Anderson
Summary: The Rides will converge from 3-3:30 pm at the Rockaway Skate Park. (Shore Front Parkway at 91st St…just off the boardwalk).email email@example.com with questions, info, whatnot
I believe Andre’s family will be present and there will be a big Jamacian food picnic afterwards.
What a crazy weekend so far for bikes!! Wednesday night the 6th annual bicycle film festival kicked off a party at Union Pool in Williamsburg with the bands Aa, Matt and Kim, Home Video. All the heads were representing, riders for Blacklabel, Film makers, messengers…
On September 24th 2005, 14 year-old Andre Anderson
The Wave newspaper wrote “Jose Vicens, 23, was behind the wheel of a 2003 Lincoln Navigator last Saturday just after 7 p.m. when he struck Andre Anderson, 14, who was pedaling a bike down the middle of the eastbound lanes near Beach 77 Street, according to police sources. Vicens tried to pass to the right, but the boy swerved into the right hand lane. Vicens countered to the left — but not in time. Anderson suffered massive head trauma and bleeding. His small bicycle was crushed . [â€¦] Vicens remained at the scene until police arrived. He was not issued any violations and is not charged with any crime in connection with the accident. An official police statement said there was no criminality in this incident and that an investigation is ongoing.”
According to Jose Vicens’s
You would think, since the car driver was BEHIND the cyclist and acknowledged seeing him, and also since the speed limit is 30 mph and the car driver admitted driving above the speed limit (35 to 40 mph) that he would at least be slapped with something. Think again. Also, there is no proof in any of the police reports that he was administered a Breathalyzer. So, on a nice wide street with no indication of other traffic present (witness statement), a car driver was strangely unable to avoid fatally striking a cyclist, even though, by his own account, he saw the cyclist.
What makes Andre’s death more senseless is that the “man” who killed him has never been charged with anything. Instead of rushing towards the front of his car to see if the cyclist he just hit was ok, he rushed towards the back of his car to his friend’s SUV who was driving just behind him and who came to his rescue by giving a corroborating statement about young Andre swerving between the lanes. Unfortunately, the statement the police never took is the statement of a witness that puts the blame on the driver, not on the cyclist. Fortunately, that witness came forward and gave her information to the family who has unsuccessfully been trying to press charges.
What makes Andre’s death more painful is his killer’s utter disrespect for human life. It only takes a little computer savvy to find out a lot about Jose Vicens, thanks to his My Space account: his heavy drinking , his hobby “sending bikers flying in the air” and his feelings ” sucks about the paper [The Wave article] and shit, but ya know none of that shit wont matter in 5 years.” What is also troubling when you peruse those pages is that some of his friends are Police Officers that seem to be exhibiting the same destructive tendencies and whose My Space account pages are incompatible with the restraint which is expected of them while in uniform.
What makes Andre’s death more of a shame is that according to Right of Way (www.cars-suck.org) Andre’s death falls into recognizable patterns, in accordance with their year 2000 analysis of cyclist deaths in New York, that Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has shown no interest in investigating Andre’s death, and that the DoT has not taken any action to make sure that nobody else dies there by installing speed bumps and traffic lights.
To lose someone so important and valuable because of the recklessness of another person without just consequence is unbearable and unimaginable. Seven months have now past and this tragedy is yet to be thoroughly investigated. The District Attorney’s office was informed of the accident the night of the occurrence and decided that there was no criminality to the actions of the driver. How is it possible that a conclusion could be arrived at without having allowed time for the investigation to even begin?