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Youth Bike Summit-Seattle

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This year’s Yourh Bike Summit will be held February 13th-15th in Seattle Washington.

Inspired by the National Bike Summit in D.C., this weekend long conference is designed to inspire young people and empower them to be cycling leaders.

This gathering was added to my events page which is an evolving listing of local bike happenings.

See more: here.

Let me know what I’m missing.

Sign Petition: Keep Staten Island Collision Unit of NYPD in SI

Got a message from @Aunt_Bike in need of some attention and a petition to be signed, concerning Staten Island and an important fatal crash investigation unit of the NYPD.

Here is more:
Keep Staten Islands NYPD Fatal Collision Squad in Staten Island

Keep Staten Islands NYPD Fatal Collision Squad in Staten Island
The small NYPD detective squad that handles Staten Island’s fatal and serious vehicle crash investigations may be moved from centrally located New Dorp to a Brooklyn office.

Law enforcement sources have expressed concern that taking the squad’s office from Staten Island will increase all important response time to deadly and injurious collisions, and that Staten Island investigations might take a back seat to those in Brooklyn.

Please sign the petition and help keep our streets safe.

Sign the petition: here.

Move Over Food Trucks, Here Come The Bikes

Food venders have really upped their game over the last few years by being able to provide great delicacies on the street, through food trucks. Enterprising restauranteurs have seen a huge advantage in the ability to cut the overhead of a retail space and be mobile, condensing their wares into a vehicle and using social networking to tell their customers where they’re at. These have often lead to success stories, going from super popular mobile truck to an established space such as Calexico, Mud Coffee and Van Leeuwen desserts, just to name a few in NYC.

Now it looks like the bicycles are getting into the act with a number of success stories emerging from the non polluting, two wheeled variety.

Here is a recent story from NPR’s food series-THE SALT.

Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business
By: Alastair Bland
January 16th, 2015

IMG_0144.JPG(Photo: Charlie Wicker of Trailhead Coffee Roasters makes all of his deliveries within the 6-mile radius of urban Portland, Ore., on one of his custom-built cargo bikes. He can also pull over to brew and serve coffee.
Photo by: John Lee/Courtesy of Trailhead Coffee Roasters)

When upscale food trucks roared into popularity a few years ago, the folks running them praised their rolling operations as far cheaper and simpler to launch than a bricks-and-mortar restaurant.

Now, entrepreneurs are finding similar advantages in food bikes.

Brewers, chefs, baristas and even farmers are turning to pedal-powered vehicles to bring their goods to consumers — and, sometimes, actually produce them on the street.

Read more by riding over: here.

Dr. King Day Inspires Cyclists and Everybody Else

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A motivational mantra for cyclists and all those struggling for equal rights and justice.

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For more inspiration:

Democracy Now has a newly discovered speech from Dr. King, from 1964, on civil rights, segregation and apartheid South Africa.

And…

The Brooklyn Museum has art works dedicated to Dr. King and his spirit:

From their site:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the Spirit of Martin, #BKMLibrary pays tribute to the living legacy of the fearless Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, January 19th the nation celebrates King’s birthday and honors his commitment to nonviolent activism to unite all people and protect their freedoms.
#BKMLibrary’s collection houses some wonderful historical documents and photographs from the Civil Rights Movement. For example, the exhibition Art Festival for NAACP Legal Defense, 1963 featured many notable artists and was organized to raise funds for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund through the sale of art work. The records for this exhibition were given to the library last February as a gift from Cynthia Dantzic.

Find out more by riding over: here.

Super Bowl Bound Bike Ride-Seahawks

You just scored in sudden death overtime to win a trip back to the Super Bowl! Where are you gonna go?

For a bike ride!

Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett celebrated with a victory lap on a police man’s ride.

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The Seahawks beat the Greenbay Packers in a wild 28-22 OT game to win the NFC Championship.

See a video: here.

Of course this was immediately memmified.

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The Funny Ladies of Broad City On A Bike In Vanity Fair.

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The ladies from Comedy Central’s Broad City make me laugh. The stars, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer do a great job of highlighting life in the big city in your 20’s, getting high, “Vag” humor, getting in trouble and not taking life too seriously. It’s pretty simple stuff, very NYCcentric but spot on and it’s refreshing to see two talented young funny ladies making their mark in sketch comedy tv.

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Their second season launched January 14th and as part of on going celebrating…they did a photo shoot for Vanity Fair magazine. See the girls all dolled up in pin up girl theme acrobatics on a bicycle.

Here is a video of the photoshoot and short interview:

Read more: here.

Pope Francis Tours Philippines, Urges Take Action on Climate Change. EcoBikers Along For The Ride.

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How about that Pope Fancis? He’s got open minded views on homosexuality and civil unions. He’s traveling around the world preaching for peace. Now he’s in the disaster laden Philippines telling 1.2 billion Catholics to take action on climate change. You go Pope.

Tacking along on the Pope’s tour is Naderev “Yeb” Sano who’s become a climate change superstar. He’s a diplomate from the Philippines and the lead negotiator for his country, to the United Nation’s climate summits. He made the news for his impassioned speeches and hunger strikes, directly linking the disastrous effects on the planet which have devastated his homeland.

Now he is leading a brigade of #ecobikers who are following the Pope’s visit to inspire local residents to keep it green and ride bikes.

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(photos by: Nitya Saulo)

This should’t be too hard of a message for the Pope to get behind. He’s been telling his people to ride bike for years now:

Avoid fast cars and ride a bike instead, Pope tells trainee priests and nuns
By: Carol Glatz
November 9th, 2013

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Read the article: here. (Catholicherald.co.uk)

Need Music To Ride? Fixtapes From Solé Bicycles

Music and biking go together well, at least with one ear bud in which is legal in NYC.

I’ll admit it, I like listening to music when I ride and I prefer continuous mixes, not to have to futz with anything.

Soundcloud is a great site for this, because it showcases a ton of DJ mixes and a ton of social media music. It is a bit hard to search unless you know what your looking for.

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Solé Bicycle has been providing mixtapes or FIXTAPES from a variety of musicians and DJ’s and just released their first one of 2015.

They are up to mix number 31, so lots to go through in the archives, perfect for a long ride.

#31 from
Figgy.

Get more of their FIXTAPES here.

It’s also worth mentioning…from one of my favorite NYC culture blogs: Animal NY.

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They’ve been putting out a series called: Listen in where musicians put together a playlist of songs their into.

How it is described on the site:
“Listen In” is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Click the big play button above to hear the whole playlist or scroll down to see and hear individual tracks.

These are mostly broken down into YouTube videos…(which are hard to play while riding. But you can make a playlist in Spotify, soundcloud and YouTube.) This can give you some eclectic musical direction.

The latest is from: Italo and the Passions.

Find all of them with this tag search: here.

So what do you listen to when you ride? Where do you find music to listen from? What sites? Leave comments below.

Citibike Owner Changes Name to Motivate-CEO Jay Walder Interviewed With Streetsblog.

No fan of alternative transportation or the bike sharing program in NYC, the NY Post felt obliged to publish an article on the a recent decrease in yearly memberships for 2014.

Big Drop in Citibike Use in 2014.
By: Rebecca Harshbarger and Amber Sutherland
January 12th, 2015

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membership is hitting the skids.
A plunge in CitiBike rides has wiped out the more than 50 percent boost to its coffers from a fare hike in November, data show.
NYC Bike Share, which runs CitiBike, took in about $360,000 from members that month — a 20 percent drop from the same month a year earlier, data show.

Read more: here.

Back in November of 2014, Citibike announced a fare increase from $95.00 to $145.00 dollars for the yearly membership which still is a much better deal then using it for 24 hour increments at $9.00. Although the Post article is not inaccurate it doesn’t do much to investigate the whole picture. After all, Winter is not the best time to gauge the popularity of bike riding. I believe in the bike share program even though I did not renew my yearly membership. I felt like helping out the first year but in reality, I have my own bikes that I rely on for getting around and if I need an occasional Citibike, I’ll use it al la cart. Still I’m glad it’s there and although is comical to watch the arrogant nature of the riders, I think its a viable transportation option, gets more people riding bikes in the city and is basically a non polluter.

Meanwhile the company that runs the bike share, Alta has announced it’s changed it’s name to MOTIVATE and under new leadership, Jay Walder, former head of the MTA. Streetsblog.org has been all over this story and took the time to interview Mr. Walder to find out about improvements and address some of the concerns of possible disenfranchised members. With this new announcement from Motivate, it’s funny that I didn’t see any follow up story in the NY Post…but I guess that would be too investigative and too positive of a story.

Here is Ben Fried from Streetsblog.

Jay Walder on What’s Next for America’s Biggest Bike-Share Company

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Last fall, former MTA chief Jay Walder took over as CEO of Alta Bicycle Share, part of a restructuring that injected new resources and expertise into a company that had struggled to keep up with the demands of running bike-share systems in half a dozen major American cities.

This morning, the company came out with a new name, Motivate, This morning, the company came out with a new name, Motivate, one of the first public announcements in what’s expected to be a year of rapid improvement and growth. (Another piece of news dropped last week: Jersey City has picked the company to run its new bike-share system, which will be accessible to Citi Bike members.)

I got a few minutes this afternoon to chat with Walder about the new name, the status of the Citi Bike overhaul, and his vision for the company. Here’s our Q&A, edited for length and clarity.

What led to renaming the company and why did you go with “Motivate”?

Read more by riding over: here.

So quick poll. What do people think of the latest moves by the bike share? Did you have a membership in the first year and chose not to renew? What are your biggest complaints about the bike share in NYC? What do you hope will improve?
Leave comments below.

The Bicycle Story Features NYC Stars Austin Horse And Paul Steely White

Josh Cohen is an independent journalist based in my old home town of Seattle Washington. He likes to write about transportation, bike travel and especially the unique individuals who make up the wide world of bike culture.

He has been channeling his passion for bike people and documenting their stories in an interview Q&A style blog called: The Bicycle Story.

In the past couple of Months he’s featured two New York City celebrities:

Messenger superstar, daredevil athlete, stunt ride and all around nice-guy:

Austin Horse.

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In November 2014, Austin headed to Beirut, Lebanon to help start a fledgling courier company.

and the hardest working man in the bicycle advocacy business,

Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives: Paul Steely White

Here is a little sample:

Paul Steely White: On the Radical Idea that Cars Shouldn’t Kill

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(Paul Steely White delivers thousands of letters to NYPD in 2011 demanding driver accountability-Photo by: NAG Brooklyn.org)

New York is one of America’s most progressive bike cities. On one hand that makes perfect sense. As the biggest, fastest-paced city in the country it has always drawn forward-thinking, ambitious people; why not forward thinking, ambitious bike advocates? On the other, it’s kind of insane. New York has a sociopathic driving culture, a police force and political establishment historically apathetic to the idea that fatal crashes are anything but accidents, and millions of drivers, bicyclists, and walkers all vying for the same small space. Yet over the last decade, Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn have been remade into great places for biking and walking with protected bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, and more and the advocates at Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) have been there every step of the way.

Recently they’ve turned their attention to Vision Zero, a radical notion that traffic deaths in New York are completely preventable. Given that the city is still averaging between 200-300 fatal bike, pedestrian, and car crashes annually, they have a long way to go. But T.A. Executive Director Paul Steely White says the Vision Zero framework they’ve laid out can get them there if they can garner the political support and capital funding necessary. I spoke to White about his history in New York City advocacy, his role in one of America’s most influential advocacy organizations, the “golden years” of New York City bike advocacy, transforming transportation with Vision Zero, and much more.

For more, ride over: here.

I’m really psyched to have found this site, even though Josh has been doing it for four years. I intend to spend some time digging through the archives.

BTW Josh, if you want to talk with a world famous bike blogging nerd who’s entering his 10th year of ranting about bike culture…I know a guy.