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The number of bicycle racks will double in NYC, according to the Epoch Times.

12,000 Bicycle Racks coming to New York City
By: Zachary Stieber
January 10th, 2013
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NEW YORK—The number of bicycle racks will more than double with 12,000 new racks on the way.

The city’s Department of Transportation will spend almost $2 million transforming old parking meters into bicycle racks, according to a bid won by Long Island-based Louis Barbato Landscaping. A representative of the company declined to give details about the sealed contract, which was published in the City Record on Jan. 8.

Single-space parking meters are no longer used, in favor of muni-meters, which take care of multiple parking spaces. The department decided to experiment with using the old meters as bicycle racks, starting a design contest back in 2008 for how the new racks would look.

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A map of the existing bicycle racks in the city. (Courtesy of DOT)

Right now there are 8,193 bicycle racks in the city, according to the Department of Transportation. About 4,000 of those are in Manhattan.

New qualifying format for Red Hook Crit

A new format for the upcoming Red Hook Crit

Comes via: urbancyclistworldwide
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QUALIFYING FORMAT

At the first RHC all registered competitors must participate in a open track session which will be held on the afternoon of the race. This session will be the only opportunity to pre-ride the circuit. The field will be split into multiple groups depending on the amount of registered riders and circuit length. Lap times will be taken during the session with the 100 fastest lap times advancing into the race. This will benefit experienced athletes, novices, and spectators. Elite athletes will now be competing in a field with an accumulative higher skill level creating a safer and more competitive race. Beginners who fail to qualify still have the opportunity for more competitive track time than the current lapped rider elimination format allows. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest qualifying time and determine call ups for the two front rows.

Rules for Round 1: Brooklyn, March 30th (subject to change)

– All registered riders will be divided randomly into smaller qualifying groups

– Each session is 30 minutes in length.

– All lap times during the session will be recorded using timing chips

– Drafting is allowed

– Pushing, pulling, or slingshotting another rider is not allowed

– Blocking is not allowed

– The top 100 fastest lap times will advance into the race.

– Call ups for the first two rows of the race will be determined by qualifying times

– Prizes will be awarded to the fastest qualifying time

– Ties will be decided on each rider’s next fastest lap.

– Qualifying will take place the same day as the race.

– Riders must enter and exist the course using delineated ‘pit lane’

– Riders must remain in the Parc Ferme area during their qualifying session

– Equipment changes are allowed but must follow same technical rules as the race

– Each rider is allowed (1) assistant in Parc Ferme to help with equipment changes.

Brooklyn, home to rich people’s dreams, as long as it’s not a Velodrome….a what?

New York’s first ever indoor cycling velodrome is not happening, at least not at its proposed location in the newly developed Brooklyn Bridge Park. Rich cycling enthusiast, Joshua P. Rechnitz is pulling out his $50 million donation (the largest in NYC park history) and looking elsewhere in NYC or New Jersey for someone who might be willing to take his most generous offer. Last time I checked, outdoor public spaces (besides Central Park) weren’t exactly inundated with huge lumps of funding. Mr. Rechnitz’s organization handling the project, NYC Fieldhouse is still very optimistic about fulfilling their bosses dream of an indoor track and eager to find a new home. The decision came after a meeting on Monday based on the park not being able to agree on a design that would work with the budgeted amount. There were also concerns about future hurricane flooding which means all those new condos built down there on the water must be just fine. The project has also met with a lot of resistance from local residents with a “what the hell is a velodrome and why would anyone need that,” attitude which would have also presented many obstacles in the approval phase. Well good to know the space will go to something we can all get behind, parking for maintenance vehicles. No surprise a cycling project was met with a lot of close minded people, just look at the fight to keep a bike lane on Prospect Park West. I mean Brooklyn doesn’t just give any millionaire:

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Here is a New York Times article by cycling reporter J David Goodman:

Philanthropist Abandons Plan for Velodrome in Brooklyn Park
By: J. David Goodman
Published: January 10, 2013

Eight months after it was first announced to the surprise and bewilderment of many New Yorkers, an improbable but well-financed plan to bring a bicycle racing track to Brooklyn Bridge Park has collapsed.

Joshua P. Rechnitz, the reclusive philanthropist behind the project, said on Wednesday that he and his team had withdrawn their proposal for the park and would seek another location in or around the city for the indoor sports complex.

Read more: here.

Stupor bowl and Monster Track are coming

Two of the biggest and longest running alleycat races are kicking 2013 off right.

First up is in the sub-zero realm of Minneapolis, the 16th annual Stupor Bowl.

A little info I gleamed off: urban cyclist worldwide:

You know it’s coming, once again Minneapolis will open it’s arms and bars to the bike world for Stupor Bowl 16.

The race is being worked on right now, what we are looking from you are photos from the past 15 years to make a photo collage for this years upcoming race.
Post any photos or even videos and what the heck even memories and get ready for more fun in the snow(hopefully) this year!!!!
Time: February 2, 2013 all day
Location: One on One Bicycle Studio
Street: 117 Washington Ave North
City/Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota

www.facebook.com/events/279055175530279/

Then here in NYC, the world famous fixed gear only:

Monster Track XIV (14)

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Details so far:

Thursday March 14 /Goldsprints
Friday March 15 /pre registration/fashionshow/photo-booth/party
Saturday March 16 Alleycat $5 to race/party (mega metal show+ d.j.dance party after
Sunday March 17 movie day /race footage review

twitter @monstertracknyc #monstertrack14

Time: March 14, 2013 at 7pm to March 17, 2013 at 7pm
Location: Manhattan
Street: TBA
City/Town: New York, NY
Website or Map:

https://www.facebook.com/events/371143629640218/?fref=ts

Over for Lance-tell all on Oprah

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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.

Read morehere.

Be safe in 2013

Well I wish everyone a happy and safe 2013. Especially motorists who hopefully will be more mindful in there driving.
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This photo comes from Dimtry Gudkov from his #bikenyc portraits site. Definitely not the first time I’ve seen vehicles mounted in the protected bike lane of Flushing, misjudging a turn.

Be safe out there.

Santa brings NIMBY bike lane haters a present.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and opened up their new bikes that Santa delivered.

(Photo’s from bike nashbar’s facebook page)

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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.

Long live progress.

Next host city of 2013 North American Cycle Courier Championships? (NACCC)

Just found out the next host city for the NACCC,

Seattle


www.sea-naccc-2013.com

Seattle native and cycling blogger Zlogblog.com is already talking launch party and fund raiser alleycat.

March 9th!
Alley cat 7:30 starting at The In.

Bands starting at 9 pm!
Lake Fight
Junk Drawer Vibrator
White Coward

I’m psyched, my hometown is hosting the NACCC.

Couple of New Year’s events in NYC

Hey all you Alleycat race curious out there. Here is your chance to experience what it’s all about…

*December 30th, 1pm at the Atrium at 590 Madison Avenue and 56th Street. $6.23 to race. No machismo allowed.

Flyer found on: Urban Cyclist Worldwide.

Then, don’t forget to come celebrate New Year’s on a bike with Time’s Up!

(photo by: Fred Askew )

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

More info: here.

Instagram contest to win Kryptonite lock.

Congratulations to Jamieson Provan (@jdoggny)
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for winning our Kryptonite twitter giveaway. By answering a trivia question planted in one of my blog postings, Jamieson won this:

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Kryptonite’s classic mini u-lock in a 40th anniversary limited edition ruby red.

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So now, we’re going to have another contest to give away this:

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Kryptonite’s new integrated mini chain, basically a one piece lock that incorporates the best features of a u lock only more flexible. They call it the “collapsible u lock” and it must be Yours!!!

This time we’re using my second favorite social networking play toy:

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Here is what you have to do:

1) get an Instagram account

2) follow @bikeblognyc

3) take photos of the worst/best lock up like this:

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Someone in dire need of a Kryptonite lock. Maybe it’s a huge stack of bikes like your own collection:

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Like Jamieson’s here who is very thankful to have a new lock. It could also be a nice shot of your old u lock, all beat up and standing through the test of time. Be creative.

4) tag you photo’s with #kryptonitecontest

5) get likes of your photo. The one with the most likes wins.

6) contest runs until December 21st at midnight, just in time for the Kwanza Fairy.

So get snapping.