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TA and Time’s Up help #bikesandy

New York City is starting to slowly recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, a week after ripping into the Eastern coast.

20121105-092736.jpgflooded streets on Ave C right near the hard hit Con Edison power plant-East Village, Manhattan

Damage ranges from minor disruptions in school and work loss to horrific destruction to neighborhoods closest to the tidal effects of the storms rising waters.

Casey Neistat of hilarious bike theft and bike lane video fame spent four hours in the height of the storm on bicycle, capturing incredible footage of lower Manhattan.

He received $500 for his footage from an Al Gore project and used themoney to buy clothing for hurricane victims on Staten Island. He documented the experience and gave us a glimpse of the forgotten borough and how destroyed it was.

There has been a huge outpouring of donations and volunteering especially in Red Hook Brooklyn and the Rockaways.

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Many people were able to donate their time and arrive in decimated areas by bicycle.

Here is just one of many crews who rode out to the Rockaways over the weekend.

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Meanwhile after closed subways, long gas lines and things like this:

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Many New Yorkers discovered the best way to get around:

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Bike paths and bridges were flooded with bike commuters who hopefully people found it a fast and safe way to get to work.

Transportation Alternatives positioned themselves at various bridge path entrances providing maps, lights and hot coffee.

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It was great to get a glimpse at what life could be like in NYC if people choose to cycle commute on a regular basis.

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If you are interested in keeping it up…

TA has a whole web page dedicated as a resource for #bikesandy.

http://bikenyc.org/resources

With maps, tips and a gallery of tons of New Yorkers hitting the pedals.

For updated transportation updates, follow NPR’s Transportation Nation on @TransportNation on twitter.

Need a bike of your own? Time’s Up has a whole fleet of recycled bikes ready to go for around $160.

There kept at their Brooklyn space at 99 South 6th St.

Here is an article:

Your Commute Post-Sandy – Courtesy of Time’s Up!
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Worrying about what Monday morning commute will look like tomorrow? Many New Yorkers are – but not Time’s Up!

“Time’s Up! will open their Williamsburg space at 7am Monday & Tuesday with affordable Dutch-style bikes ready for the morning commute”

What does this mean for NYC, we will let them tell you:

“Volunteers from Time’s Up!, a non-profit Environmental Group, are working day & night fixing recycled affordable Dutch-style bikes ($140 & up) to have available for stranded commuters getting to work Monday morning.

WHEN: Monday, 11/5 and Tuesday 11/6, 7:00 am – 10:00 am

WHERE: 99 South 6th Street, Williamsburg, around the corner from the pedestrian entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge

Read more: here.

Meanwhile, Time’s Up was providing power in the East Village by homemade bike powered generators and were able to charge thousands of local residents cell phones.

Here is the story:

Lower Manhattan Power Outage Brought Community Together To Help Needy Residents

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Time’s Up New York
“I built these bikes for the Occupy Wall Street protests,” bicycle mechanic and Time’s Up New York volunteer Keegan Stephans said. The bicycle-powered generators he built were originally used to bring power to people in Zuccotti Park. After police broke up the protests, Stephens wasn’t sure the bikes would ever be used again, but kept them in the back of his Rivington Street bicycle repair shop next to ABC No Rio.
After the storm, the bikes were back and generating pedal power courtesy of Time’s Up New York. The “direct action environmental group” set up two stations in Lower Manhattan, one on Rivington Street and another at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. Volunteers pedalled to power 20 or 25 cellphones at a time for local residents badly in need of a way to communicate.

Read more: here.

Best way into the city post-#Sandy, ride a bike.

Imagine this scenario. A devastating hurricane rocks the Eastern seaboard causing major damage, flooding subway tunnels and knocking out power to thousands of NYC residents. You have to get to work and there are no trains. Buses are free, but have massive lines and delays. Take a car? Even more lines and hundreds of angry motorists line up for hours for gas. What to do?

Simple…BIKE.

Don’t worry you’re not alone.

Here is a video from the Streetfilms.org crew of Clarence Eckerson, Elizabeth Press, and Robin Urban Smith, who stationed themselves at the entrance to the Ed Koch bridge (59th St.) to document some alternative modes of transportation.

Problem:

There are no subways into Manhattan from Brooklyn so shuttle buses have been set up to ferry people across…except that their aren’t enough of them.

Need more convincing? How about this photo from Gothamist showing a huge lineup at Barclay’s Center where a bus station has been established to get people from Brooklyn to Manhattan for work and school.

More on this story here.

Ok, what about driving? Let’s say you can offer a ride share or carpool with others? Hope you have gas. Gas stations are running on short supply due to high demand. Don’t forget there are a lot of people who drive in from New Jersey and much of the state has no power…which means…No gas and they have a higher demand since a lot of people are relying on portable generators. 80% of New Jersey’s gas stations are closed according to CNBC’s Amanda Drury.

Brookylnspoke.com recently filled this report of his own building super trying to help out directing traffic on 4th Ave in Brooklyn and a massively cued up gas station.

Don’t forget, if you are lucky enough to have gas and can make it into Manhattan…there is NO POWER from 42nd street on down, which means no traffic lights and every intersection is a guessing game with stressed out, non-courteous drivers.

That’s why, I suggest…bike riding! Oh yeah, and Mayor Bloomberg announced “it’s the best way to get around the city.” Then he went and endorsed President Obama because he felt he was the better candidate for dealing with our planets changing climate…Gasp.

So come on New Yorkers, get on your bicycles.

Here is an article from the NY Times:

One Way Around the Traffic Muddle in Brooklyn: Riding a Bicycle
By: Kate Taylor
November 1st, 2012
(Photo by: Benjamin Norman-NY Times)

In post-storm New York, the bike is having a moment of sorts. With subways still not running under the East River or between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, traffic snarled in many places and lines for buses stretching for blocks, many people in Brooklyn took to bicycles on Thursday to get where they had to go.

“I’m extremely glad I have a bike right now — it’s one of the best assets you can have,” said James Emery, 22, who was riding on Thursday afternoon from Williamsburg to Red Hook to help a friend whose screen-printing business had been flooded.

Read more here.


Just look at these happy people getting to work on time without hassle.

New to biking in NYC? Here are some tips from sellingsustainablestreets.tumblr.com.

Need some good mapping? Try ridethecity.com it’s like Hop Stop, or download the free NYC bike map, here.

Looking to rent a bike from an individual? Why not use the new social networking bike rental Liquid which you may remember as Spinlister (they changed their name)

They are now offering coupons for a FREE bike rental (up to $25.00) for hurricane Sandy relief. Find out more here.

How about riding in a group which have become known as “bike trains.” Blogger Doug Gordon, of Brooklyn Spoke, will be leading a train tomorrow (11/2/12) meeting at Gorilla Coffee (97 Fifth Ave-Brooklyn) at 8:15am.

For more information on bike trains check out: bikeapolis.us

And for one more bonus story, here is a real life account of one cyclists journey into a blackened Manhattan, post Sandy.

Even McDonalds is Closed: One Biker’s Post-Sandy Journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan

Today is November 1, 2012, three (give or take) days since Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City. Duty called on the Upper East Side of Manhattan today, so I decided to bike from Crown Heights, over the Manhattan Bridge, and up the east side of Manhattan to Grand Central. And back. The following is a photo essay of the ride:

Read more: nycethography.tumblr.com

Survival, Sandy and more

Well we survived the mayhem…
par-tay(photo by the lovely: Bitchcakes)

Friday’s Time’s Up Halloween Dance Party and Fundraiser, which BTW was awesome and DJ Fake Money and No Way Josie…Killed it.

That’s me in the electric tiger costume.

Then onto the survival of Saturday’s post apocalyptic cacophony of mutated bicycles, known as BIKE KILL..
(photo from DJ Dirtyfinger)

My favorite bike there: Big Bird

With the disclaimer:
(photo’s by: Jonathan Beck AKA @BklynBiker)

Then it was on to this thing called Sandy, which some ditzy meterologist on the idiot box described as a historic event we’re not likely to see for a long time. Seems to me, based on data and empirical fact from just about every climate scientist in the world…that due to man made Climate Change, this massive storm is only the beginning of what will see.

That’s why I appreciated the work of a few brave environmentalists from 350.org who held this banner in Time’s Square on Sunday evening.

I didn’t venture out to much except for my storm chaser crew who went for a few walks around the block and the occasion view of the nearby Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

My neighborhood of Park Slope wasn’t hit too bad except for a few smashed storefronts and knocked over trees, we got lucky.

I have been really blown away by Casey Neistat’s (@CaseyNeistat) images on twitter and instagram, really getting into his work…


Spending all of Monday riding his bike around the city and documenting the devastation in Manhattan.

I did finally venture out on Tuesday with a few friends on bike. We took a quick trip down to Red hook and saw the effects of flooding.


My heart goes out to all those who have experienced loss and are coping with the effects of hurricane Sandy. Rebuilding lives should be the number one priority. When the the water recedes, I hope this can be a wake up call to begin real discussions about the reality of climate change and what’s in store for the future of our planet.

Video Friday-10/26/12

Title: New Hall1 Short
Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide.com

Title: Hero3 Test-around JH
Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide.com

HERO3 Test- around JH from Andrew Whiteford on Vimeo.

Title:Alleycat Racing & Lucas Brunelle on CBS Inside Edition
Seen on: Urbancyclistworldwide.com

Title: Tour of Johor-Day 3
Seen on: fixedgear.tv

Title: Flux backpack by Torch
Seen on: Urban Velo

Title: USAC Elite Track National Championships
Seen on: PROLLY
From Prolly:Track racing videos are always a thrill to watch:
“Just a few fun shots from the 2012 Track National Championships in Carson, CA. Includes Friday night racing of Team Pursuit, Women Kierin, Men Sprint, and PARA Men and Women Individual Pursuit.
Posted near Halloween, so obvious use of Misfits song.”

Title: #FF Power Hour 10
Seen on: PROLLY

Mayor Bloomberg declares bikes are more important than cars

This just in…Mayor Bloomberg is also a radical zealot like our D.O.T. Commissioner JSK. At a recent meeting of transportation
authorities he declared bikes are more important then cars.

More from Gothamist:
Cyclists Are More Important Than Cars, Bloomberg Declares

By: John Del Signore
October 26th, 2012

Today Mayor Bloomberg made an appearance at a major gathering of transportation agencies from across the nation and, with NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at his side, said out loud what the tabloids have always suspected he feels on the inside: People in cars are third class citizens. Originally, “the streets were there to transport people,” Bloomberg said. “They are not for cars… One of the original ways was walking.” And he didn’t stop there.

“Cyclists and pedestrians and bus riders are as important, if not, I would argue more important, than automobile riders,” Bloomberg declared calling for more investment in mass transit and more of the “complete streets” designs that his DOT has been shoving down the NY Post’s throat for years now.

Bike Kill 9-tomorrow

Forget about the wrath of a mere hurricane…the real destruction takes place tomorrow at Black Label Bicycle Club’s annual Bike Kill!!

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Email me for details.

Cinelli, Rizzoli and Richard Sachs. Design program…10/27/12

I’m a little late on this but there is a Design Book Fair this weekend at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T) One program in particular seems very exiting to the world of cycling with a panel discussion on leading innovators into the design of bicycles.

“Bikes and Books” a celebration of Bike Design is Saturday, October 28th from 3pm-5pm.

Here is more from the editor and chief of Designers & Books, Steve Kroeter.

“One of the programs we are most excited about highlights bicycles as design objects and the books that inspire bicycle people. Here are the members of that panel:

Moderator: Dan Rubinstein: editor in chief, Surface Magazine
Richard Sachs: builder/designer Richard Sachs Cycles
Mike Spriggs: owner Gage+DeSoto
Lodovico Pignatti Morano: writer and consultant
Antonio Colombo: president and owner of Cinelli

We think the fair is going to be a wonderful weekend-long celebration of books and design for the New York design community and all New Yorkers generally.”

Bikeblognyc readers can get a special discount on tickets.

Bikes and Books: A Celebration of Bicycle Design
Sat., Oct. 27: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Special “friends” price: $15 (regular price $25)

Go: here.

Enter code:
BIKES2012

More info about the design fair:

The first Designers & Books Fair is set is set to launch on the last weekend of October in New York City—Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. The Fair exhibition hall will include approximately 35 U.S. and European design book publishers and booksellers displaying and selling the newest titles for the Fall and upcoming holiday season as well as important backlist titles. Special Fair discounts (up to 30%) will be available on many books. There will also be rare and out-of-print book dealers; demonstrations of book arts, including calligraphy, letterpress printing, and bookbinding; and book signings. A special feature of the Fair will be programming in two auditoriums adjacent to the exhibition hall that will include presentations, interviews, and panel discussions—all with leading members of the international design community.

Tour art by Chungkong

Right after the announcement of the course for the 100th Tour de France, here is some minimalist artwork…
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TOUR CANDY 2013

Check out these gorgeous minimal artworks by the Netherlands based designer Chungkong. Away from his day job designing brand identities and advertising for his clients Chungkong spends time creating his own artwork, his posters are really eye catching. Chungkong strips the subjects down to their bare bones and brings them to life in vibrant and playful designs, covering a variety of subjects from cult movies, books and sports.
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Get prints: here.

Cranksgiving, November 17th

It’s not to early to start thinking about NYC’s most amazing charity race:

Find out more: www.cranksgiving.org

There are 18 Cranksgivings happening this year. More of them will pop up in the next month or so, but here’s the list so far:

Oct 6:
VANCOUVER, BC – www.facebook.com/events/306351542805754/?ref=ts

Nov 3:
PORTLAND, ME – www.cranksgivingportland.blogspot.com

Nov 4:
BEND, OR
ST. LOUIS, MO – www.bworks.org/cranksgiving/

Nov 10:
CEDAR FALLS, IA – www.cvast.org/events/cranksgiving.shtml
TAMPA, FL – tampacranksgiving.blogspot.com

Nov 17:
ALBANY, NY – www.facebook.com/events/198742246872818
CHARLOTTE, NC – www.facebook.com/cranksgivingcharlotte
CHICAGO, IL – www.facebook.com/events/112896475531349
HUNTINGTON, WV – www.facebook.com/pages/Huntington-Cranksgiving/145224715521654
KANSAS CITY, MO – cranksgivingkc.blogspot.com
MIAMI, FL – cranksgivingmiami.blogspot.com
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – www.facebook.com/pages/Cranksgiving-MPLS/139801412734349
MUNCIE, IN – sites.google.com/site/tourofmuncie
NEW YORK, NY
SEATTLE, WA – cranksgiving.org
SEQUIM, WA – cranksgiving.org

Nov 18:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
PHILADELPHIA, PA – cranksgivingphilly.com

100th Tour De France announces it’s route for 2013 race.

Ok, maybe you’re completely turned off to international pro cycling since Lance has been found out to be a big fat cheater…but for those still interested…

Here is an article from Bicycling Magazine about next year’s 100th Tour de France and their announcement of the race route.

Cycling Looks to the Future After Armstrong Affair
PARIS, Oct 24, 2012 (AFP)

Cycling on Wednesday sought to move on from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal as leading riders urged fans not to give up on the sport and Tour de France organizers unveiled the race route for its historic 100th edition.

Two days after world cycling authorities wiped clean Armstrong’s results back to August 1998, including his record seven Tour wins from 1999 to 2005, details of a grueling 3,360km course were announced of the race that the disgraced US rider dominated.

Next year’s Tour, which starts for the first time on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, includes a twin climb of the monster Alpe d’Huez and an unprecedented sunset finish on the sweeping Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris.

Read more: here.