Be safe in 2013

Well I wish everyone a happy and safe 2013. Especially motorists who hopefully will be more mindful in there driving.

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)



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

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 native and cycling blogger 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 )

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

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


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


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:


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:


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


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.

Stuff your socks from Outlier

Who doesn’t need socks? This holiday season why not pamper your cycling feet with fine Merino wool.

The people who make amazing hand made clothing, Outlier, are now making a great practical gift.

Here is more from them:

Introducing the Outlier Megafine Merino Sock.

Built with 15.5 micron merino, the Outlier Megafine Merino Sock is likely the finest sock you’ll ever step into.

Beautifully soft, breathable and temperature regulating, this high grade of merino is the best natural performance material we’ve sourced.



It’s the equivalent of Super 160s wool, virtually unheard of outside of the world’s most luxurious suiting.

The Outlier Megafine Merino Sock, gentle yet tough, a dream on your feet. Available now on the Outlier Webshop in Black for $24.


@glowingbike A gallery of NYC cycling community on Instagram

There’s a busy cyclist photo bug out there.

Last week I got snapped by a mystery photographer on his make-shift tandem bike.

(Who’s that freak? Boy do I carry a lot of stuff on me)

He handed me this card…

He’s got a little photo gallery of the NYC cycling community, putting it up on Instagram.

Check it out @glowingbike you may be on there already.

Video Friday-12/7/12

A bunch of video for your Friday:

Title: Cranksgiving ’12 from Boda Boda 2012

Title: In That Spiniard Dreamland

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.

Title: Fijate 2012
Seen on:

Title: Burro Commercial
Seen on:

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Bicycle Film Festival-First time in Mexico City (Video)

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:

BFF Mexico
November 7-11
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
Polyforum Siqueiros.

Video to see behind the scenes and actual event.

Pocket full of Kryptonite–Lock(s) giveaway on twitter and instagram

About the title of this post==I mean who doesn’t miss the Spin Doctors?

I’ve only had two bikes stolen (that were locked to a structure or object) within the 21 years I’ve been riding in NYC. Neither of which have been with a Kryptonite lock, which has been a leader in bike security for decades. This is not to say there aren’t other reliable manufactures out there or that not having this particular brand was the only reason my bikes were stolen. Rather it’s been the name brand I’ve always gravitated towards and been the most readily available in NYC. When I was a messenger in the early 90’s the insider street knowledge was you either had the big Kyrptonite chain & lock or your bike got stolen. They’ve also been super active on the bike culture front and provided lots of free prizes for alleycat races and other events.

Kryptonite’s generosity trickled down to little ol me and they recently sent me two care packages.

The first came when I inquired about getting spare keys for the five chains and u-locks I have owned for years. I’ve lost one to many key sets in the past and didn’t want to be caught unable to get my locks open.

Kryptonite responded with full spare sets and all they needed was the numbers written on each key. (word of advice–write these numbers down or register on-line)

The care package included a ton of stickers, a water bottle, their new transit H-Bar handlebar mount and a limited edition 40th anniversary U-lock.
I was really excited about their evolution series 4 Mini-5 U-Lock, which has come out in limited supply to celebrate 40 years of bike security perfection.

This is the same trusted lock as the as part of their evolution series (the signature orange color) with 13mm hardened steel shackle that slides into one end of the crossbar. The lock has a small key hole which is strategically placed in a reinforced cuff so as not to be easily pried upon by thieves. Weighing 770g or 2.1 pounds, this is the smallest lock in the series. It’s perfect for slipping in a back pocket or in a u-lock holder on the belt of a hip pouch ( I use this lock to secure my back wheel to the frame. Its not long enough to fit around a standard NYC street sign and go through the frame and front wheel so it’s definitely used as a secondary lock. They do however make longer models to accommodate frame and wheel, as well as bigger locking options. Many urban riders only want to carry u-locks to avoid more bulky chains.
mini ulock 1

The lock riding hipside or sticking out of a back pocket has become an icon of urban bike fashion and is such a classic design that Kryptonite’s K-4 lock is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) design collection. I felt rather nostalgic (or maybe old) that this was an anniversary edition with a flashy ruby red color on the crossbar.

Check out contest details on the next page.

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