This looks like the end of a saga for a the most controversial figure in sports. Lance Armstrong will give a tell all interview on Oprah, airing on her network at 9pm, January 17th.
From the Huffington Post: Lance Armstrong Grants Oprah Winfrey Rare Televised Interview
LOS ANGELES — Lance Armstrong has agreed to a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey where he will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.
According to a release posted on Oprah’s website on Tuesday, it’s the first interview with Armstrong since his athletic career crumbled under the weight of a massive report by USADA detailing allegations of drug use by the famous cyclist and teammates on his U.S. Postal Service teams.
It’s unclear if the interview at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas, has already been taped. Nicole Nichols, a spokeswoman for Oprah Winfrey Network & Harpo Studios, declined comment.
The show will air at 9 p.m. EST on Jan. 17 on OWN and Oprah.com.
A few crotchety rich neighbors who would rather put their own personal gripes forward then think about the safety of their neighborhood and overall health of the community were rewarded by Santa for being naughty.
Turns out a lower court of appeals has agreed to cave into the NIMBY’s (Not in My Back Yard) crowd and try to derail one of the most successful safe streets project in NYC. Yep, we’re talking about the Prospect Park West bike lane. I know, many of you thought this was as dead an issue as that “grandma got ranover song,” nope.
According to the Daily News:
“An appellate panel ruled Wednesday that a lower court improperly tossed a suit brought by irate opponents of the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane trying to force the city to rip out the cyclist path.
They charge that the city lied about figures on the Park Slope lane’s benefits-and improperly plotted with pro-bike groups to stymie opposition.
In a nutshell this group of neighbors don’t necessarily hate the lane itself (cough cough) but rather the way the DOT went about doing the data of traffic safety and the overall implication of the lane. They feel, the bike lane was billed as a trail and therefore temporary.
This is also in total disregard of reality of facts such as:
1) the lane was asked for by the local community residents of community board 6.
2) implemented with traffic data by the DOT which accounted to a years worth of study finding the bike lane to be successful in both cycling usage and traffic calming.
3) found to have a majority of popularity in a number of surveys including one lead by city council member Brad Lander.
4) held several community forums on the lane in which the publics opinions was asked for in order to make changes to the lane.
Now while the rest of the country sees the number of protected bicycle lanes doubled in 2012. (According to Streetsblog.net)
Here in NYC, it’s business as usual…make change and then let influential rich people use political leverage and high priced lawyers to keep things the way they are…so it doesn’t inconvenience they’re parking with some pesky SAFE bike infrastructure.
So the plaintiffs used their big corporate lawyer Jim Walden to make a settlement which agrees to a new independent traffic study of Prospect Park West. Here’s the kicker, If the study proves traffic has not been improved by the protected bike lane…the lane must be removed. Ah progress.
Read more in this article in the New York Observer.
Crash, and Burn: City Dismisses Prospect Park West Bike Lane Foes’ Unusual Settlement Offer
By: Matt Chaban
December 21st, 2012
It is clear by now, if it has not always been, that the opponents of the Prospect Park West bike lane do not trust the city’s Department of Tranportation.
They have insisted the project was “trial” with virtually no proof that this was ever the city’s position. They have dismissed city-run studies of traffic data that show the lane has improved traffic flows and reduced injuries. And they have sneered at the considerable majority of their neighbors who have voted time and again in favor of the project. Still, the efforts of Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes persist, especially now that their lawsuit against the lane has been returned to court on a technicality. The group’s response has been to offer the city a settlement that essentially amounts to little more than a barroom dare.
Judging by the reader comments of articles published on this subject it seems as if it is once again bringing out hatred towards Mayor Bloomberg and the nerve of him to do things that are healthy for New Yorkers and the planet.
In an age of hot temperatures, stalled climate talks and catastrophic hurricanes its great to see progress made by a bike lane and then attempted to be reversed by a few rich neighbors.
CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH TIME’S UP!
New Year’s Eve Ride & Outdoor After Party
Friday, December 31st, 2012
Meet 10:00pm at Washington Square Park under the arch.
*Ride ends with a huge party & fireworks at Belvedere Castle in Central Park (at 79th St.)
Start the year off right- on your bike or skates! Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in the great outdoors with Music! Dancing! Fireworks! and Great Merriment!
After party at Belvedere Castle. We’ll be riding up to Belvedere Castle in Central Park for the best (and free!) New Year’s Eve dance party in town & fireworks! Dress festive–don’t forget your noisemakers and party favors–and bring food and drink to share
Title: Murder Of Couriers Trailer 5
Seen on: Urban Velo After a couple of years in the works the Murder of Couriers film is complete and gearing up for the film festival season. Check out the latest trailer.
Title: Brompton Urban Challenge-Milano-BFF 2012
Seen on: Urban Velo Ah yes, those aged hipsters on Brompton’s or at least the aged being so aged they now look like hipsters. Anyways, Brompton hosted an Urban Challengein Milano complete with a folding contest, some sort of crashing into boxes finale and other tweedtastic camaraderie. It’s like alleycat culture for the retired. Nah, it actually looks like a good time, if clown bikes are your thing. I kid, I kid.
Title: Fixed Alpcross
Seen on: Urban Velo Four riders, four days, 400 km and 4000+ m of climbing crossing the Alps from Germany through Austria and into Italy. Check out the teaser video and the four day diary “This is so ridiculous that it is fun again…”
Title: Black Metal Fixed-we ride along
Seen on: Urban Velo Black Metal Fixed is a clothing company created by riders in Singapore, an this video was created to show off the local scene and a different perspective riding the outskirts of Singapore’s urban core.
The Bicycle Film Featival, entering it’s 12th year, has become a world wide sensation not only providing amazing bicycle related films but also uniting local bicycle communities with live music venues, group rides, outdoor block parties and art shows.
In cities like New York, LA, Milano and Paris the festival has reached a happy plateau and comfortably landed in the fabric of local cycling event schedules.
However, in cities like Moscow and Mexico City the festival has been an exposive catalyst, bringing new energy to blossoming bike culture.
This is similar to the way critical mass tells a different story in various cities from mundane running its course (San Francisco) to two thousand strong rides with pro basketball players. (Miami)
Founder of the festival, Brendt Barbur, sent me a prime example of the festivals power with this video from the festival in Mexico City (November 2012)
From the festival:
The first BFF in Mexico was received
with thousands enthusiastic attendees.
Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum
hosted the sold out screenings over three days.
Roofeeo drummer for TV ON THE RADIO came out to DJ
the after party.
Matt Roan from Chicago DJed at the Nike Sports Hub.
Simone Pace (Blonder Redhead) and Juan Son (Porter)
played there music AEIOU live to the film IMPOSSIBLE HOUR
by Jorgen Leth. It was shot in Mexico city in 1974.
This is event happened at the incredible