Brent Thomas is not only into biking, but actively concerned about making streets safer and cyclists more visiable to motorists. He is the creator of the The Bike Wrap, a super bright reflective system for nightime riding and designed to be stylish by day.
Now he’s expanding with a new product that also combines safety concerns and the needs of cyclists.
The commuter gaiter is a wrap around spat of sorts with addresses the annoyance of having to roll up a pant leg or using a velcro leash while also being highly reflective and gets bikers noticed.
Here is your chance to get a great deal on bicycles, accessories and clothing.
This Saturday at the Old Stone House in Park Slope is the annual spring swap meet known as the NY Bike Jumble.
5th Ave. and 4th Street in Brooklyn, you’ll find vendors representing established bike shops as well as people with new and used bikes to sell. Bike people are notorious hoarders and NYC is short on space, an excellent combination for bicycle buyers. You never know what you’ll find.
Plus there will also be advocacy groups and bike mechanics from Time’s Up offering free bike repairs…so come on down!
Here is the kickstarter of the week: Green Guru presents: The Stand-by Travel Bag System. Modular Pack, Messenger & Kits
By Bryan Beard & Kit Hendrickson
These design students have come up with the ultimate in travel pack:
Here are highlights from their kickstarter campaign:
As design students and as human beings, we have been fortunate enough to see the value and impact traveling can have on our lives. As Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Recently, our love of travel has run head-on into another aspect of our lives; we are “backpack people.”
After going on a few trips that included air travel mixed with outdoor excursions and unexpected journeys, It has become clear to us that there is a need for a bag that can function just as well in flight as it does upon arrival. So we set out to create the Stand-by travel bag system; a versatile, durable, modular bag that adapts to the user’s needs. We wanted to design a sort of “opensource” bag that allows travelers to pack the way they want. The interior compartments that make up the Stand-by do not contain any permanent pockets. Instead, we have provided the option of a removable organizer that can be added to either bag, or it can be forgone altogether to create additional freedom in packing. We have also included optional “stuff-sacks” that can be easily attached for more initial packing room or left empty and added on further into the trip to accommodate new items such as new clothes, souvenirs etc.
This Is Ground and Priority Bicycles are collaborating on a pop-up project called Daytrip launching in SoHo for the entire month of May. The limited-run retail pop up will open on May 1st at 246 Mott St., at Spring St.
The shop will feature signature products from each brand in addition to limited-edition, co-branded products like the customizable This Is Ground Mod 2 carryall featuring inserts designed to hold bike tools and other commuter necessities.
This has traditionally been the registration pick-up spot for the 5 boro ride and has now morphed into a whole convention for bicycle retailers and related products. Plus food, music and bicycle demos.
Priority is participating in the Five Boro Bike Tour. As a New York-born brand, Priority wants to get friends and community together for some drinks and celebration. Before the ride heads over the bridge to Staten Island, the Priority crew will stop in Brooklyn at The Woods – hence the FOUR BORO After Party. Open to riders who want to relax after the long ride and non-riders who want to have some fun, The Woods has great food and drinks. Priority will also be raffling off prizes to help raise money for Hashtag Lunchbag – a non profit dedicated to raising awareness and reducing hunger.
Although needed bicycle infrastructure may be stagnated, ridership increases in NYC according to this article by Sarah Goodyear.
The Steady Rise of Bike Ridership in New York Advocates say the latest numbers are encouraging, but the city could still be doing more.
By: Sarah Goodyear
April 16th, 2015
The newest commuter cycling numbers are out for New York City, and they’re bigger than ever. The latest count available from the city’s transportation department shows a 4 percent increase over the previous year, as measured during 2014’s peak cycling season at key points in New York’s bike network [PDF]. The 12-hour weekday count at seven data-collection points was up to 21,112—compared to an anemic 5,631 in 2002.
Sunday-April 19th, we honor cyclists killed in the streets by reckless drivers.
The 10th Annual Memorial Ride brings New Yorkers together to remember cyclists killed in our city over the past year. This will mark the tenth year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike installed since our last memorial ride. At the final stop we will remember all cyclists and pedestrians who died in 2014. Bring flowers to honor those lost.
With any great trend in NYC, especially when it comes to bicycles and the increase in their popularity…comes the bad news. The increase of bicycle theft. To me this is personal, almost akin to a hate crime. How can one steal our trusted steads, our friends and companions? Also an analog non-polluting transportation solution in an age of inefficient mass transit, overcrowded streets and false claims that digital technology will make our lives faster. Bike theft also reminds us that we live in a city where you can’t just bike from one place to another without being very conscious of how and where you lock a bike.
Here was the cover of a today’s AM NY.
New York City bicycle thefts on the rise: NYPD
by: Dan Rivoli
The city’s boom in bicycling has had an unfortunate side effect: more stolen bikes.
Reported bike thefts last year reached 4,849 — 600 more than in 2013 and a nearly 70% increase from 2011 figures, according to NYPD statistics provided to the City Council Wednesday.
“The trend is upward” and likely the result of the surge in bicycle use here, Susan Petito, an NYPD assistant deputy commissioner, told the City Council.
The stats showed a substantial increase in reported bike thefts each of the last four years.
Make sure you lock your bikes up within your building. I know, you just humped a heavy dutch style vintage beater bike up 5 flights of stairs and now you have to lock it to the railing? Yes. Many bike thefts occur within buildings, backyard spaces and other make-shift bike storage that landlords are too cheap to provide.
Here are some steps to keeping a bike as-safe-as we can.
Start by watching this hilarious classic video by the Neistat Brothers from 2005:
Then watch the updated experiment from 2012 by Casey Neistat:
Then check out Hal Ruzal, mechanic at Bicycle Habitat, who rates your bike lock up:
Like the tulips popping up, the line at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden cherry blossoms thingy and the increase of bicycle snatching…Spring has Sprung in NYC.
And with all that good stuff, comes a really excellent resource that isn’t electronic…A map…made out of paper.
The Department of Transportation says over 370,000 maps, will be delivered to local bike shops around the five boroughs for free, just in time for May (Bike Month).
This map is always great for showing bike friendly routes, greenways and all of the nearest bike shops. Oh, and don’t tell the motorists…it’s also a really great for just plain getting around this vast city.
You can download a PDF as a poorman’s app on the D.O.T. website: here.
Or just go with the ultimate analog experience…Paper. Order one by calling 311.