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Race to Candyland 2

Race in Boston, August 18th to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

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NYC bike news cycle

Here are a bunch of NYC bike news that I decided to group into one post.

How about that bike sharing? Guys? Delays in Chicago could be similar to what’s taking so long here.

Chicago Delay Fuels Concern About New York Bike Sharing
–NY Times

Here are a couple stories from the Brooklyn Paper.

What’s the scariest bike lane in Brooklyn? Jay Street? That’s what their readers claim in an online poll.

Mean Streets: Jay Street is the scariest bike lane in Brooklyn.–Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn Bridge Park advisory board member used her influence towards new velodrome project.

Greasing the Wheels. Bridge Park Velodrome pedaled by Crony, Some Allege.–Brooklyn Paper

There are new two-way bike lanes around Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, but tell that to the double parked cars.

Parked Cars Already Blocking Grand Army Plaza’s Two-Way Bike Lane–Prospect Heights Patch

And a plan to expand the bike and pedestrian path on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Here’s The Plan For An Expanded Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian And Bike PathGothamist

New Bike Shop/Juice Bar-Juice Pedaler

Whoah, this is the woman who runs my kids preschool, Parker’s Place.

Looks like there is a new juice bar and family oriented bike shop in Windsor Terrace Brooklyn.

Juice Pedaler-154 Prospect Park SW.

Juice Pedaler Sails Toward Summer Opening
A new bike shop-slash-juice bar will soon open its doors on Prospect Park Southwest.
By: Lauren Evans
Published: July 9th, 2012

Fort Greene’s Red Lantern Bicycles may be the only spot in the borough that offers up a beer with your bike repair, but Windsor Terrace will soon have its own, family-friendly take on the ultra-hip bikes-and-beverages phenomenon.

The brainchild of Windsor Terrace parents Nicole Bilu and Deborah Capone, the Juice Pedaler will offer customers not only bikes—for sale or to rent—but a healthy menu of juices, coffee and pre-prepared snacks.

Read more: here.

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Update and reminder on 32BJ Union Ride-Ride for the American Dream

Ethicist Randy Cohen who wrote a great piece on his style of riding in NYC in the NY Times, will be joining this ride for justice…

PEDALLING IN PROTEST – JANITORS AND BIKERS TO RIDE AGAINST “RACE TO THE BOTTOM” IN NYC LUXURY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

- Working Conditions at some Cornerstone Luxury Residential Buildings Denounced as Substandard-

New York, NY – Park Avenue South will be swamped with bikes this Friday with cyclists expected to turn out for a family-friendly ride to protest what many building service workers denounce as a “race to the bottom” at some luxury residential buildings developed by TF Cornerstone.

T.F. Cornerstone, one of the fastest growing real estate developers in New York City, is denying its service workers industry-standard security, retirement, safety-training, citizenship assistance, scholarships and advancement opportunities afforded to 55,000 building workers in the city.

For just $2 per hour per worker more, Cornerstone could stop this destructive race to the bottom that stands in the way of the American Dream for service workers.

VISUAL: Bikers, Doormen and Supporters Wearing Bright T-Shirts and Signs that Read “$2 for the American Dream”

WHAT: Ride for the American Dream

WHO: New York City Residential Building Service Workers
Supporters include Randy Cohen former New York Times Ethicist
Larry Engelstein Officer of 32BJ SEIU

WHEN: Friday, August 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

WHERE: Outside 387 Park Ave South, (between 27th and 28th ST. ) Manhattan
(Train 6 to 28th Street)
(At 3:30pm the cyclists will bike across the Queenboro Bridge into Long Island City)

With more than 120,000 members in eight states and Washington, D.C., including 70,000 members in New York, 32BJ SEIU is the largest union of property service workers in the country and the largest private sector union in the states.

Time’s Up spearheading a Community Garden Sustainability Series

Everyone’s favorite environmental direct action and education group, Time’s Up, now in it’s 25th year is hosting a Sara D. Sustainability Series.

More Info:

TIME’S UP! & GREEN MAP SYSTEM TEAM UP WITH M’FINDA KALUNG COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR THE SARA D SUSTAINABILITY SERIES

WHAT: Sara D Sustainability Series includes free bike repair workshops, green job skill training, learning to compost and creating mud balls to clean our waterways.

WHERE: Enter M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden on Rivington Street (between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets) in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.

WHEN: The workshops will take place each Friday in August from 6:30-8:30pm:

• 8/10 – Bike Repair & Safety with Time’s Up!
• 8/17 – Green Jobs in our Community with Green Map System
• 8/24 – Composting, Bokashi & Mud Ball Making with MoS Collective
• 8/31 – Bike Repair & Safety with Time’s Up!

New York, NY – - Time’s Up! Environmental Group and Green Map System will be hosting free practical training workshops, the Sara D Sustainability Series, each Friday from 6:30-8:30pm in the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, which is located in Sara D Roosevelt Park. Participants will be learning about carbon-free mobility, green jobs and waste reduction in this wonderful outdoor space. Workshops will be postponed for heavy rain.

“Presenters of the series all have strong experience in their field and passion for the subject they will be discussing. Each is eager to share their knowledge with New Yorkers of all ages,” says Bill DiPaola, Director of Time’s Up! Environmental Group.

“Come join us for this free, exciting opportunity to learn green collar job and sustainability skills, share your ideas with others, and take an active role in making our city more livable,” says Wendy Brawer, Director of Green Map System.

For updates, check Facebook events page.

Yes it’s that bad, Bike Thieves turn to Grave Robbing

If you think the bike theft in NYC isn’t so bad, check this out…

From the Park Slope Patch

Thieves Targeting Ghost Bikes For Parts
By: James Schuh
Published: August 7th, 2012

Thieves are now stripping parts from “ghost bikes,” the white bicycles placed as memorials to slain cyclists, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

“It’s very disrespectful and it makes me furious,” said bike activist and filmmaker Dan Gingold. “People wouldn’t be disrespectful in a cemetery or a national monument.”

The paper says that the thieves have mainly gone after “easy-to-snatch parts,” with the frame usually remaining chained in place.

Read the rest of the article, here.

CMWC Chicago Final Results

Being a big fan of the Cycle Messenger World Championships, held this year in Chicago, I always look forward to the group shot.

Here is a nice photo from Takuya Sacamoto.20120807-182429.jpg
Couriers of the World!

The final results are in:

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The fastest male courier in the world, is Seattle’s Craig Etheridge, who won in 2010 in Guatemala.

For the ladies, Joesphine Reitzel from Lausanne, Switzerland, which happens to be the home of the 2013 CMWC

The 2014 worlds was just decided on for Mexico City DF.

Complete results are posted here.

Congratulations to NYC’s Austin Horse for 4th place and Heather Muller and Kym Perfetto for 2nd and 3rd female.

Check out photos on: Urban Cyclist Worldwide and a Flickr group, here.

Brooklyn Bike Patrol

Here is an LA Times story about how one Brooklyn resident started his own bike patrol to escort woman home at night in order to feel safe.

Brooklyn Bike Patrol on a roll after attacks on women

By: Tina Susman
Published: August 7, 2012
20120807-171802.jpgBrooklyn Bike Patrol volunteers, from left, Ryan Finger, Timothy Wright-Bodine and Jay Ruiz prepare for a Friday night of providing safe escorts home from subway stations. (Aaron Showalter, New York Daily News / April 20, 2012)

NEW YORK — Jay Ruiz’s cellphone rang about 3:30 a.m. on a stifling Saturday.

It was a woman. As usual, she wanted Ruiz to meet her within the hour and take her home.

Ruiz hauled himself off the sofa where he’d been watching TV, jumped onto his bicycle and pedaled swiftly through Brooklyn to the subway station where the caller was due to arrive. Then, after walking her safely to her door, he rode back home, back to his wife of 19 years, and waited for the next call.

Read more: here.

10 tips on riding in NYC

Here is some really good advice on mapping out your rides and being safe in NYC. Also some good shout outs to local bikers and bike business.


By: Jessica Marati

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Though officials are tight-lipped, rumor has it that New York City’s much-anticipated Citi Bike share program will launch this month. As we previously reported, Bike will provide residents and tourists with the opportunity to borrow from 10,000 bikes parked in 600 stations scattered across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Pricing for the privately run system will range from $9.95 for a 24-hour pass to $95 for an annual membership.

While Citi Bike is a welcome addition to New York’s transportation scene, tourists might be wary of tackling the streets of Manhattan, and for good reason. Between bumpy roads, unclear signage, reckless taxicabs and texting pedestrians, the city’s streets are not for the faint of heart.

But once you get over the initial fear, New York can be a magical place to explore on two wheels. We spoke with a handful of avid city cyclists, who shared their tips for staying safe while making the most of your bike share experience.

1. Research your route. “Study a map of NYC before you go out to get a sense of what areas are easy to bike,” suggests Eva Mohr, an avid cyclist whose biking e-commerce shop, All That I Want,launches this fall. Google maps offers a way to search bike routes online and through its Android App. iPhone users should invest $1.99 in the Ride the City app, which generates a number of routes from “Safest” to “Direct.” The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) also publishes a free City Cycling Map, available for download and in select locations throughout the city.

2. Obey the traffic rules. “Bicyclists have the same traffic rules as motorists,” says Alison Lucien, founder of Eleanor’s NYC, a bicycle accessories shop for women. “The ticket for running a red light on a bike is the same as for a driver, with the exception that bicyclists do not have to pay the surcharge.” Laws on riding recklessly and against the flow of traffic also apply.

Read more: here.

Road rage, not just for cars anymore.

Just got this comment on my blog:

“I suppose we all have our own cycling ethics. but i still want to punch other cyclists who ride the wrong way in a bike lane coming at me. maybe that should by my ethos.”

I definitely understand the frustration, but here is a recent story sent to me by a fellow cyclist who experienced some road rage, from a pedestrian.

From Jon Reiss:

“I am writing to let Bike Blog know about an incident that happened
yesterday, 8/2 in Midtown. As a Transportation Alternatives member,
and a reader of many of the cycling and transportation blogs that
cover NYC, I have been skeptical about the supposed bias against
cyclists by the NYPD. However, yesterday I had an experience that I
believe demonstrated at best a lack of understanding of the issues we
deal with, and at worst an outright disregard for the rights we all
have to traverse our streets safely.

At about 2:55pm I was riding my bike northbound in the separated bike
path on 8th Avenue in Manhattan. At about 36th street I went to pass
a slower cyclist on the left. At this point I encountered a
pedestrian walking southbound in the bicycle lane. I had been ringing
my bell most of the way up the block to alert other pedestrians who
were in the lane. We made eye contact, and as I attempted to pass him
on the right he sidestepped me and shoved me off of my bike towards
the row of parked cars on the right. I landed, utterly confused as to
what had just happened. I looked up to find him screaming at me about
getting out of the way. I yelled something back (not sure what
anymore), and he began to walk away towards the south. I yelled for
him to stay put, but he continued to walk away. At this point I
picked up my bike and began to walk after him, shouting for the police
and for someone to stop him. He began to run. A few kind bystanders
tried to trip him and slow him down, but he evaded them. After
following him for about a block with me still shouting for the police,
he turned back toward me and threatened my life. He said “I will end
you” or something to that effect. I said nothing in response. He
then continued to walk southbound on 8th Avenue, and I continued to
shout for the police and for someone to stop him. He then ran into
the subway station entrance at 33rd street, where I lost him. At this
point I surveyed my wounds, which consisted of pretty bad road rash
and swelling on my left hand, and various cuts and soon to be bruises
on my fingers, legs, and shoulder.

At this point, I locked my bike at the bike corral at Penn Station
while I continued to look for a police officer. I then remembered
that there was a police precinct at 35th and 9th Avenue (Midtown
South). I walked in and got an officer’s attention. I told him that
“a pedestrian pushed me off my bike”, showed him my wounds, and he
asked someone to call for an ambulance. I sat down and asked for
water as I was beginning to feel dizzy and dehydrated as the
adrenaline from the situation wore off. At this point the next 30
minutes in the precinct consisted of me asking for help from various
officers as no one showed any further interest in what had happened.
No one took a police report, nor did they ask any questions of me that
got beyond the answer “someone pushed me off my bike”. I understand
that the guy was probably long gone, but the lack of interest in a
clear case of battery is very troubling to me. It even took 15
minutes to get that cup of water, even after my hands went numb and I
became too dizzy to walk.

The bright spot in this story is that the EMTs who attended to me were
very nice and professional, and even helped me retrieve my pannier,
which I had foolishly left on my bike when I locked it up. One of the
EMTs was a fellow cyclist and could not understand why the police
showed so little interest in helping me. They delivered me to
Roosevelt hospital where I was quickly assisted with cleaning of my
wounds and x-rays to check for broken bones. Thankfully the worst of
my injuries is the road rash, but it could have been a lot worse.

I understand that there is not always a police officer around when you
need one, and that that is just a fact of life. I also fail to
understand the police’s lack of interest in what happened to me, and
what I perceive to be their callousness in the face of an injured
street user. I will be sending this letter on to Midtown South. I
don’t want to make a federal case out of this, but I do feel that an
explanation is in order. Acts of violence toward cyclists cannot and
should not be tolerated in this fashion.

~Jon Reiss

What struck me the most about this (no pun intended) was the lack of regard by pedestrians who think green painted bike lanes are extensions of the sidewalk. I mean, we bikers have finally been given space to ride our bikes and be out of the mix of sidewalks and this is what we get? I know, you’re going to jog in the lane, why not, it’s such a nice space on the street, but when you hear a bell or someone calling out, please exert the same kind of courtesy you’ve demanded from us for years. Violence is such a sissy move and only leads to more of it…it’s best to just seek legal action or get the help of your local NYPD offic–oh wait.

Jon, really sorry to hear about this. Speedy recovery and thanks for sharing your story with us.