From 7 PM to 10 PM on Saturday May 14th, 2016 the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is hosting a fundraising “Bike Rave” described as “a glowtastic night ride along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway” supporting the 14-Mile route that will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. What a good cause?
Also during the ride, “a curated radio show by Newtown Radio will be streamed with a click of a button and played on portable speakers that you bring.” Cool or what?
The 8 mile route: “Starting in Greenpoint, the group will ride through Williamsburg, travel inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, through DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park and loop back to finish under the iconic Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO”, where there will be “food, water and music and riders will compete for prizes for best decorated bicycles.” according to DNAinfo.
This international event, which can draw thousands, looks like it has great potential for a memorable night outdoors with fellow cyclists, based on videos from Vancouver, Canada,
One would think the 3,500 residents would be more concerned about the expansion of the bridge to 4 lanes in either direction, currently daily, bringing an average of 140,000 motorists (with a high of 170,000) and its increased pollution, and potential accidents due to increased speeding? A uniform 100 to 120 motor vehicles per minute.
So instead of having the bike path ending calmly, in the town itself, the residents strongly advocated to dump cyclists in a yet to be built 56 space parking lot at Exit 10, a nearby busy exit off the Tappan Zee Bridge, and the Raymond G. Esposito Trail, the so called “Concept F”, due to concerns about additional local traffic.
To avoid this mistake, an additional access point is needed at the River Road/Piermont Avenue/Bike Route 9 crossing, and since the 56 new parking spots at Exit 10 are written in stone, this should not cause any additional motorized traffic for local residents by tourists.
Finally, a source tells me, even 24/7 access to the SUP is in question, if you can believe that?
Public comment on the proposals is open until 4/1/2016, no joking, so don’t be a fool, send an e-mail to info@NewNYBridge.com about these and other issues concerning this vital bike path.
The Shared Use Path (SUP) appears between 2:23 to 2:45 in the video
Daily cyclist and artist, Canadian Stephen Lund likes to create large scale GPS doodles as he is rides his bike.
As reported on Bored Panda, and other news outlets, Stephen “began his unusual craft in 2015 to unwind and be creative; since then, he’s logged 22,300km, and his longest piece has been a 220km mermaid.”
Check the above links for more fantastic images. Can you think of any images you’d like to see created on NYC streets?
As reported by the Gothamist, and other news outlets, just before 5:40 PM on Tuesday 2/16/2016, 59 year old avid cyclist, Stanley “Lee” Marshall, was struck and killed as he was biking on Richmond Road (at the intersection of Andrews Avenue), in Staten Island.
The family is seeking contributions to cover funeral and medical expenses for him on a Go Fund Me page devoted to Lee’s memory.
According to the family: “Lee Marshall was a friendly and selfless man who would give you his last dollar and the shirt off of his back. He had no material wealth but behaved as though he had through the generosity of his character,” the page reads. “He was always ready and willing to help whenever he was asked, and lived a very simple and solitary life.”
718 Cyclery hasn’t just been sitting around in the Snowpocalypse. They’ve already hosted a Fat Tire bike race. Held in the trails of Queen’s Cunningham Park on 1/30/16 (pushed a week due to record snow storm) they put on a fun, challenging event and an opportunity for riders to test out those crazy looking fat tire bicycles. Read more about it in their blog.
Now their hosting another event this Saturday (2/6/16)
Sasla Demo Ride, 9:30am in Queens, Cunningham Park.
Sign up on their site: 718c.com
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I’ve also started up my yearly events calendar: here. Let me know if you have events to post.
Catching up on old news, sadly bassist Lemmy, a bona fide rebel, rock God, and founder of Motorhead, died of brain cancer on 12/28/2015.
His first claim to fame, came in 1972 as the lead vocalist on the single ‘Silver Machine‘ a song about a silver bicycle, a number 3 UK hit, with his previous band Hawkwind.
Written during the space age and the 1970’s ‘Bike Boom‘ the song is described partly by its lyricist Robert Calvert in Wikipedia as thus:
“‘Silver Machine’ was just to say, I’ve got a silver bicycle, and nobody got it. I didn’t think they would. I thought that what they would think we were singing about some sort of cosmic space travel machine. I did actually have a silver racing bike when I was a boy. I’ve got one now, in fact.”
You’ll be missed Lemmy!
I just took a ride in a Silver Machine
And I’m still feeling mean
Do you want to ride
See yourself going by
Other side of the sky
Well I got a silver machine
This blogger has had a bit of a hibernation since July-2015. I just needed a good Snowpocalypse to come out of my AirBnB ice cave.
Here is a posting from a ‘mystery’ guest who wanted to share his experience with cycling in the snow and the issues of the lack of priority of bike lanes when it comes to snow removal.
On Saturday 1/23/2016 a near record blizzard dumped anywhere from 26 to 30 inches of snow on NYC.
While NYC emergency services were still busy clearing the streets of snow, one intrepid cyclist, wondered Sunday afternoon if the Manhattan Bridge bike path would be cleared enough to get to work, the next morning.
Here is a video of his long journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan (warning PG-13).
Post Blizzard Manhattan Bridge Bike Lane – Exposed – 1/24/2016 – 3:10 PM
One can see, a serious job was not made by the City to maintain this vital route, putting an undo burden on the cyclist for his/her own safety.
If it were not for some above freezing weather temperatures the last few days, #bikeNYC would be in a much worse place.
So it seems you will either have to wait for the City to get around to it, or you can file a complaint here. and hope for the best.